St. Louis, Missouri

Known throughout the country for their dry-rubbed ribs smoked for 14 hours over sweet apple and cherry wood, Pappy’s Smokehouse in St. Louis often has lines running out the door. As their website says about their Sunday hours, “11-4ish (we sell out fast).” After selecting your meat and one of four signature sauces, don’t forget to order their most unique item, the Frito Pie--Fritos topped with your choice of meat, baked beans cheddar cheese and onion.  Sister store Bogart’s Smokehouse offers delicious meats and sides in a variety of ways and sizes, including topped with their original sauces like the Sweet Maegan Ann, the sweet and smoky KC style.

Try the city’s namesake dish, St. Louis-style ribs (pork spareribs trimmed into small rectangles) at the no-frills, easy order spot, Ms. Piggies’ Smokehouse, where all sides like candied yams are homemade. Sugarfire Smokehouse blazed onto the ‘Lou restaurant scene in 2012 and has been making a name for itself ever since. All sauces are made in-house, even the ketchup, and unique dishes like the smoked Portobello sandwich. Don’t leave without trying a smoked chocolate chip cookie for dessert, paired with the chocolate peanut butter bourbon shake. For great smoked meats and tasty sides with no frills, visit Adam’s Smokehouse, another sister restaurant to Pappy’s and Bogart’s.