St. Louis is home to several melt-in-your-mouth, satisfying barbecue eateries. Locals enjoy a variety of award-winning barbecue in St. Louis. From pulled pork, beef, chicken or a full rack of ribs, fill your taste buds with the most delicious mouth-watering barbecue. Just the pleasant fragrant aroma of catching a whiff from a local BBQ restaurant is enough to get your mouth watering. Find the top barbecue in St. Louis at one of these area meat smoking BBQ restaurants.

1200 S. Main St.
St. Charles, MO 63301
(636) 724-8600

Taste what award-winning BBQ from the St. Charles side of the city is like. From the Best of Mid Rivers to the Open Table Diner’s Choice, this place is ready to give you a delicious taste that you will come back for again and again. Start with BBQ nachos smothered in smoked pulled pork, barbecue beans and queso, or crunch a BBQ cobb salad with smoked bacon. Move on to a mouth full of a backyard BBQ burger, house-made pastrami topped with a BBQ twist or enjoy a half rack of baby back ribs.


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

After a morning of shopping at nearby Soulard Market, stop in for a barbecue treat at Bogart’s Smokehouse. Savor the flavors of apple and cherrywood slow-roasted pulled pork and other meats. Get the meal started with a salad that is full of BBQ flavor, with mixed greens, smoked onions and a choice of meat. Leave room to fill up on your choice of smoked prime rib, pastrami that melts in your mouth, pulled pork, beef brisket, apricot bruleed ribs or amazingly tender turkey.

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Roper’s Ribs
6929 W. Florissant Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63136
(314) 381-6200

Locals have flooded into this West Florissant restaurant for more than 20 years, calling it the best BBQ in town. The meats are hand rubbed with a special house blend of spices and slowly smoked with hickory wood. Discover the amazing barbecue when you bite into an order of slow-smoked ribs, beef brisket or pulled pork. Bring your friends and savor an entire slab of beef ribs, and you’ll see why this place touts its award-winning fare.


The Shaved Duck
2900 Virginia Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 776-1407

Savor award-winning BBQ at this local restaurant featured on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” The melt-in-your-mouth tender barbecue takes on the smoky flavor of hickory after smoking for hours. Kick off your meal with some smoked chicken wings that are topped with habanero BBQ sauce. Continue the deliciousness with loaded smoked potato wedges accented with bourbon BBQ sauce, and get your fill with a variety of smokehouse specialties or combination platters.


Vernon’s BBQ & Catering
6707 Vernon Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63130
(314) 726-1227

Forget the napkins, because you’ll be licking your fingers after just one bite at Vernon’s BBQ & Catering. Savor the sauces that are all homemade, like little smokey, peachy keen, the ‘Lou, Thai barbecue or take the XXX challenge. Eat in with the original BBQ slinger, BBQ nachos or Vernon’s sampler, or enjoy sumptuous BBQ catered at your next event. Order a full slab of ribs or enjoy a variety of package deals.

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