Catch the pleasant aroma of barbecue, and it’s all you can do to hold onto your appetite until you discover where that amazing smell is coming from. May is National Barbecue Month, so it makes a great excuse to try area smoked, tangy, fiery-hot, sweet, or sauce-dripping barbecue options. Get your mouth watering over the top barbecue in St. louis, and then head for the best spots in town. Bring the entire family, have your next event catered, or come alone to discover new BBQ spots, and visit established favorites. When you bite into good barbecue, it just seems to melt in your mouth. Satisfy your BBQ cravings at these best places in the area to find delicious barbecue, but don’t forget to grab plenty of napkins.
Sugarfire Smoke House
3150 Elm Point Industrial Drive
St. Charles, MO 63301
(636) 724-7601
www.sugarfiresmokehouse.com

Add a little artisan flare and creative menu options to traditional BBQ, and this is the stuff culinary dreams are made of. Start with the freshest local ingredients, and hand it off to a master chef who not only has a love of creating delicious and unique dishes but was trained and worked with popular top-name chefs, Emeril Lagasse and Charlie Trotter. Enjoy a variety of pork BBQ, or try something unique with your choice of turkey, the best beef brisket in town, a chicken biscuit, or even wood-smoked salmon. Whatever you decide on for your main course, be sure to accent it with an order of smoked fried artichokes with lemon aioli found only at this wood-smoked barbecue restaurant.

Bogart’s Smokehouse
1627 S. 9th St.
St. Louis, MO 63104
(314) 621-3107
www.bogartssmokehouse.com

If the aroma hasn’t already drawn you in to discover succulent half-slab or full-slab ribs, a turkey BLT, or tri-tip sirloin just might be what your taste buds are craving. A visit to Soulard just isn’t the same without a stop into this smoke house, and the good news is that they also cater special events or provide carryout complete with utensils and plenty of napkins for a great picnic. Bite into the ribs that have just the right amount of smoky flavor enhanced with a sweet, tangy taste. Accent your meal with some pit beans or deviled eggs potato salad when you come in hungry, and leave with a satisfied appetite.

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Piggy’s Bar BQ
327 S. Main St.
O’Fallon, MO  63366
(636) 272-7444
www.piggysbarbq.com

Local owners wanted to bring the amazing Kansas City barbecue taste they enjoyed to the St. Louis area, so they opened this downtown O’Fallon restaurant. Kansas City has been touted as being the birthplace of dry-rubbed barbecue drizzled in a molasses and tomato sauce with a peppery flavor and a hint of sweetness and sometimes crispy, charred ends. Walk up to the window to place your carryout order for pork or beef by the slab or pulled, make arrangements for a catered event, or stay inside the casual dining room to eat. Either way, be sure to grab a fork to cut through the thick layers of meat. Kick off your weekend, every Friday, with a full slab of Kansas City style spare ribs at a special price.

Rib Shack
8642 Natural Bridge Road
St. Louis, MO 63121
(314) 427-1777
www.ribshackstl.com

Enjoy North County’s affordable barbecue spot. Stop by for classic BBQ ribs, or choose chicken, wings, pulled pork or hot dogs instead side-by-side with an order of yams, string beans, cabbage or fried okra. If you’re in the mood for a twist, order the fish or a little taste of soul food. Eat in or plan a family reunion or other special event, and have it catered.

PM BBQ
161 Long Road, #103
Chesterfield, MO 63005
(636) 536-1966
www.pmbbq.com

If you’ve ever been invited to receive a knuckle sandwich, you can only hope it’s at this smoke house where the smoked beef is a welcome punch of flavor to your mouth. The place has been voted as among the best barbecue restaurants in the area, as well as serving the best beef brisket and the best pulled pork. You decide when you choose from creative menu items that reflect the people of St. Louis, like the offering of a victory sandwich after a Cardinals’ baseball win or redneck tacos that turn a southwest style treat into a Midwest favorite. Enjoy the beef brisket that is smoked for 12 hours till it’s so juicy that it melts in your mouth, or select from chicken, turkey, or brats as you dine inside with welcome seating or ask them about catering your next event.

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