9 Best Spots for BBQ in St. Louis

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If you’re visiting Missouri, you might think that Kansas City is the spot for good barbecue. But as a St. Louis local, I’m here to debunk this myth! 

Not only does St. Louis have its own barbecue style (which involves grilling and then saucing the meat), but it also has several incredible eateries for ribs, pulled pork, burnt ends, pulled chicken, and all the fixings.

Here are my personal picks for the nine best spots for barbecue in St. Louis, Missouri!

Map of the best barbecue in St. Louis

Most popular: Sugarfire

With five locations near St. Louis and several others throughout Missouri and Illinois, you could say that Sugarfire is doing well! Everything I’ve tried on the menu, from pulled pork and smoked turkey to mac and cheese and mashed potatoes, has been delicious. I’m also a huge fan of their shakes, but good luck saving room after eating a massive plate of meat!

Sugarfire has a vast selection of barbecue sauces, like St. Louie Sweet, Texas Hot, and Carolina Mustard, but my favorite is the White BBQ, which tastes like a combination of sweet barbecue sauce and ranch dressing. 

  • Address 1: 605 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63101
  • Address 2: 9200 Olive Blvd #114, St. Louis, MO 63132
  • Address 3: 932 Meramec Station Rd, Valley Park, MO 63088
  • Address 4: 3150 Elm Point Industrial Dr, St Charles, MO 63301
  • Address 5: 9955 Winghaven Blvd, O’Fallon, MO 63368
  • Website: Sugarfire Smokehouse

My personal favorite: Salt and Smoke

I love everything about Salt and Smoke, from the ambiance to the food. My favorite order is a pulled pork plate with fries and white cracker mac and cheese (probably my favorite mac and cheese in the St. Louis area!). 

Salt and Smoke also has incredible burnt-end toasted ravioli, which is a must-try, in my opinion! The meat inside the ravioli is delicious, and the white dipping sauce is just the cherry on top. 

  • Address: 6525 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130
  • Website: Salt + Smoke

Best all-around: Pappy’s

Pappy’s serves Memphis-style barbecue, and is known for fantastic ribs, burnt ends, and brisket. The sides are also just as amazing as the meats- crowd favorites include sweet potato fries and deep-fried corn on the cob.

This counter-style barbecue joint closes when they sell out, which happens quite frequently- that’s how you know it’s the good stuff!

Best burnt ends: Bogart’s

Bogart’s is just as good as Pappy’s, but usually has less of a crowd, so if you don’t want to wait in line, this is the spot!

Located in Soulard, this restaurant has a corner neighborhood vibe and has a nice patio area with picnic tables, perfect for dinner on a summer evening. 

While the burnt ends are a menu favorite, everything else that they serve is just as delicious, including their ribs, pastrami, homemade applesauce, and deviled egg potato salad.

If you love live music: The Shaved Duck

Featured on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives,” The Shaved Duck has excellent food, drinks, entertainment, and ambiance. Exposed brick, a cute patio, and live music on the weekends make this a really fun spot to hang out in South City. 

The Shaved Duck has several unique menu items that rival most classic barbecue joints. Local favorites include the duck confit, smoked meatloaf, fried brussels sprouts, and shrimp and grits. 

Best hole-in-the-wall: Adam’s Smokehouse

As a super laid-back barbecue eatery, Adam’s Smokehouse is a popular spot for carryout orders. Their to-go combos offer full slabs of ribs, multiple pounds of meat, and several sides, making dinner for the entire family a breeze. 

This joint has fantastic smoked salami and brisket, and their sauces put the meat over the top. I particularly love their cranberry cayenne barbecue sauce, which is just the right amount of sweet and spicy. Adam’s sides are also incredible- the homemade applesauce and pasta salad are must-tries!

Best in the suburbs: Super Smoker’s BBQ

I used to work right next to Super Smokers, and the smells were always out of this world! Whenever I would grab lunch with my coworkers, my go-to was a loaded barbecue baked potato, which was always more than enough. 

This joint has everything from pulled pork to buffalo chicken, and they also have gluten-free and vegetarian options, which is rare for a hole-in-the-wall barbecue restaurant. The Eureka location is just down the street from Six Flags St. Louis, so this is an excellent place for lunch or dinner after a busy day at the park.

  • Address 1: 9527 Gravois Rd, Affton, MO 63123
  • Address 2: 601 Stockell Dr, Eureka, MO 63025
  • Website: Super Smoker’s BBQ

Best value: Bandana’s

You’ll see Bandana’s locations all over St. Louis, and for good reason! Their barbecue is solid, they have a great menu selection, and the prices are fantastic.

I’m a big fan of their “Budget Busters” menu, where you get a serving of meat, two sides, and garlic bread for a great price. 

Bandana’s has everything you could want when you’re craving barbecue: brisket, chicken, smoked turkey, ribs, fried green beans, sweet potato fries, and more! They also have takeout combos for the whole family, making dinner planning easy.

  • Address 1: 11750 Gravois Rd, St. Louis, MO 63127
  • Address 2: 10800 Pear Tree Ln, St Ann, MO 63074
  • Address 3: 12222 Dorsett Rd, Maryland Heights, MO 63043
  • Address 4: 14141 Manchester Rd, Manchester, MO 63011
  • Address 5: 1160 S Hwy Dr, Fenton, MO 63026
  • Website: Bandana’s Bar-BQ

Best pulled pork: Dalie’s Smokehouse

Every time I drive by Dalie’s, the smells are enough to make me want to stop the car and grab something to eat. Owned by the same family as Pappy’s and Bogarts, Dalie’s offers the same level of barbecue without the crowds or wait time. 

This restaurant’s sides and appetizers are excellent, like the hush puppies and fried pickles. The burnt ends and ribs are popular orders, but they also have incredible sandwiches, like the Reuben or Cuban. No matter what you order here, it’s gonna be delicious!