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  • dave_trimble
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 53
    • Arlington, WA

    Recommendations in St. Louis and Kansas City?

    I'm going to be visiting family in MO at the end of March, and I'm looking for the "can't-miss" BBQ places that I should try while I'm there. I'll be in St. Louis for only a couple of days, and in Kansas City for four days. I appreciate any advice y'all can give me.
  • Oakgrovebacon
    Club Member
    • Apr 2016
    • 1801
    • South central Illinois

    #2
    Pappy’s in St. Louis- Beast BBQ in Belleville Il. (About 20 min East of St. Louis)

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    • Sweaty Paul
      Founding Member
      • Aug 2014
      • 1313
      • Hays, KS
      • Green Mountain Grill - Jim Bowie
        (I've never regretted having too much grate space).

        Weber Genesis Gas grill
        Weber Kettle grills x 2

      #3
      In KC, Arthur Bryant’s at 17th and Brooklyn and Oklahoma Joes.

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      • Butchman
        Club Member
        • Mar 2017
        • 513
        • Estero, FL

        #4
        KC Oklahoma Joes, there’s several others there I can’t remember the names but you can easily find them with a internet search. You’re gonna have a great time I’m sure.

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        • MattTheGR8
          Charter Member
          • Dec 2014
          • 188
          • Backwoods Party
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            Pizza Grill Stone

          #5
          Q39 and Jack Stack are my favorites in KC.

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          • dirtman
            Charter Member
            • Oct 2014
            • 117
            • Centralia, IL

            #6
            Pappy’s in St Louis. Their ribs are delicious and unique and I have not solved the magic ingredient. The Fine Swine in New Baden is very good as well.

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            • T-bone
              Club Member
              • Dec 2016
              • 329
              • Northern Virginia
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              #7
              Q39 and SLAPs are the 'don't miss' spots in KC. I'd recommend Q39 for dinner and SLAPs for lunch. Neither may be the 'big' names around KC, but they both serve up excellent Q.

              In St. Louis, I've only been once, but Salt + Smoke was very tasty.

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              • Faninthestand20
                Faninthestand20 commented
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                In St. Louis. Pappy’s is great, having my son’s rehearsal dinner at Salt +Smoke, the Beast is another great spot
                Last edited by Faninthestand20; December 30th, 2019, 09:49 PM. Reason: Didn’t give the city
            • dave_trimble
              Founding Member
              • Jul 2014
              • 53
              • Arlington, WA

              #8
              Thanks for all the recommendations so far, guys! I already knew about Joe's and Pappy's, but was hoping to find some hidden treasures as well, that may not have the hype (or crowds). And you guys have certainly helped with that. Keep 'em comin', if you have any more.

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              • Spinaker
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                • Nov 2014
                • 10391
                • Land of Tonka
                • John "J R"
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                #9
                Q39. Amazing BBQ. dave_trimble

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                  #10
                  Might wanna give BB's Lawnside BBQ a fair shake...
                  I've performed there, an eaten there countless times. Always been greatly pleased....
                  Lindsay Shannon is th Proprietor, always has done right by me...
                  Small Blues/BBQ joint, with a lot of history!

                  1205 E. 85th Street
                  Kansas City, MO 64131
                  816-8BB-RIBS (822-7427)

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                  • Butchman
                    Butchman commented
                    Editing a comment
                    Mr. Bones is right on here with this recommendation! I’ve heard Jack Stack is great too.

                  • Potkettleblack
                    Potkettleblack commented
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                    Yep... BB's is worth the trip.
                • tRidiot
                  Club Member
                  • Dec 2015
                  • 669
                  • NE OK
                  • Traeger BBQ124
                    Yoder YS480
                    Chargriller Duo gas/charcoal side-by side

                  #11
                  I found Joe's to be pretty "meh". We went in mid-afternoon, so it wasn't the hottest time, maybe it was kinda old que, but I wasn't impressed with much of it.

                  Q39 was pretty dang good, though. I've got some pictures around here....

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                • Butchman
                  Club Member
                  • Mar 2017
                  • 513
                  • Estero, FL

                  #12
                  I’ve been to Gates in KC many times. If I were there now I’d hit BBS and Jack Stack, never been to em but have heard rave reviews about them. I went to Oklahoma Joes once about 7 years ago and it was fantastic.

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                  • cuda1965
                    Founding Member
                    • Jul 2014
                    • 1
                    • Dallas

                    #13
                    In St Louis I'd check out Pappy’s and SugarFire (there's several locations)

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                    • Skin13
                      Club Member
                      • Feb 2018
                      • 4

                      #14
                      You should treat yourself to lunch at LC's Bar-b-q on the MO side of Kansas City. Old school goodness.

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                      • tpobst
                        Club Member
                        • Feb 2017
                        • 60
                        • Missouri
                        • Smokin Brothers 36" Premier Pellet Grill
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                        #15
                        SugarFire in St. Louis, there brisket sandwich is great.

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