BBQ Road Trip Day 3: St. Louis

We couldn’t drive through St. Louis without a stop at the legendary Pappy’s Smokehouse.  Since its founding in the 1960s, Pappy’s has won numerous local and national awards, is listed in Zagat’s American Restaurants edition, and was recently named one of the 101 Best Places to Chow Down in America by The Travel Channel, as well as being featured on Man vs. Food.

One thing that makes Pappy’s Smokehouse unique is that your barbecue meat is served WITHOUT SAUCE.  The owners say that they have nothing to hide, so they don’t need to drown their meat in sauces.  And that way, you get to choose your own sauce.  There were three to choose from: Pappy’s Original (my favorite), Sweet Baby Jane, Holly’s Hot Sauce (too spicy for me that day), in addition to straight-up Heinz ketchup.

When we got to Pappy’s last Sunday afternoon at 2:30pm, there was a line 40+ people long, stretching through the restaurant and, out the door and down the hallway.  We knew we had stumbled onto a great place!  We waited about 30 minutes to order, maybe a little less, but our food came out in less than 5 minutes (typical of barbecue joints) and man, it was worth the wait!  Yum-my!

{Pappy’s Smokehouse, located in an unassuming strip mall in Midtown St. Louis}


{the menu}


{my lunch – pulled pork sandwich with sweet potato fries (my fave!) and beans – sorry for the blurry photo}


{a happy boyfriend}


Bon appétit, yourselves!

À demain,


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  1. Frank on July 24, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Pappy’s was founded in 2008 not 1960. Still great food though.

    • katherine on July 25, 2012 at 9:27 pm

      Hi Frank,

      You are absolutely correct! Pappy’s was founded in 2008, and is great food!

      Thanks for posting!


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