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Intelligence Gathering for a BBQ Tour from St Louis to ??? | "Show us your pits"

Smoke is mysterious, fire is uncertain, and pit men are expensive. So the mystery, uncertainty, and expense of taking the chance to make great barbecue is being replaced by the quantifiable methods of always making pretty good 'cue.

— Jim Shahin

Austin Chronicle

Intelligence Gathering for a BBQ Tour from St Louis to ???

7 Best BBQ Joints in St Louis - Riverfront Times

This is a 'Best of BBQ' listing for an area we are considering for an upcoming tour.  You can read the full article on the Riverfront Times site by clicking the headline above.  We are currently in 'intelligence gathering' mode to determine the key focal points of this tour.  Our tours are typically 3-days in length, targeting five (or six) barbecue joints each day, and covering 600-700 miles.  We would likely head south out of St Louis, but we might choose to avoid Memphis because of plans to dedicate an entire tour in that area.  Little Rock, AR has come up in conversation as an endpoint of this tour -- but so has Jackson MS.  Still to be determined...

Plus, our BBQ Crew will need some distractions such as: minor league baseball; brewery tours; pit manufacturer plant tours; bowling; etc.

Here is the current 'Best of Barbecue' listing from Riverfront Times:

FINALISTS (in alphabetical order):

  • Hendricks BBQ (1200 South Main Street, St. Charles; 636-724-8600)
  • Lil' Mickey's Memphis Barbeque (1020 Cave Springs Boulevard, St. Peters; 636-922-4227)
  • ​Pappy's Smokehouse (3106 Olive Street; 314-535-4340)
  • ​PM BBQ (161 Long Road, Chesterfield; 636-536-1966)
  • ​17th Street Bar & Grill (1711 West Highway 50, O'Fallon, Illinois; 618-622-1717)
    <<Note: We would want to go to the original location in Murphysboro>>
  • Sugarfire Smoke House (9200 Olive Boulevard, Olivette; 314-997-2301)

RFT's BEST BARBECUE IN ST LOUIS

  • ​Bogart's Smokehouse (1627 South Ninth Street; 314-621-3107)

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