Pappy’s Smokehouse and an announcement!


Okay…so I’m a little embarrassed.

The place I’m reviewing today has been talked about for at least a few years now. It’s been all over The Travel Channel and The Food Network. It has won numerous awards, and if you’re from St. Louis (and hey – maybe even if you’re not!) you’ve heard of this place.  It’s solidified itself as THE place to visit for good barbecue in St. Louis.


I’m talking about Pappy’s Smokehouse, of course! While I’ve definitely visited Pappy’s on a number of occasions, all of my visits were before I started this little blog.

So when a friend mentioned that he had never been to Pappy’s (whaaaaaat?!), I knew we had to visit. And I brought my trusty camera along for the ride. Winking smile

We arrived early on a Saturday morning for some of the good stuff. Pappy’s doesn’t begin serving food until 11am, but we arrived around 10:30am to get a good spot in line.

Turns out we weren’t the only ones with that idea.



While we waited patiently in line, I took a look around. There are lots of things to keep you entertained. I was a huge fan of the wall of barbecue sauce.



Did you know that barbecue sauce is my favorite condiment? What I wouldn’t do to have every one of those bottles in my house!

Standing in line also gave us plenty of time to decide what to order. I briefly considered ordering the Adam Bomb:


What’s in an Adam Bomb? Well…it’s a full slab of ribs, beef brisket, a pulled pork sandwich, 1/4 chicken, four sides, and a hot link frito pie.

I’m kidding, of course. I like to eat, but I don’t think I could eat that much food! I’ll leave that to Man vs. Food. Winking smile

I decided to go with a half rack of ribs, deep fried corn on the cob, and potato salad instead.

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Oh yeah, baby.

I loved these ribs. After getting some practice at Bogart’s a few months ago, I knew exactly how to dominate this sucker. No rib left behind!

The potato salad was also pretty good, but it didn’t blow me away.

The corn on the cob? Well, as much as I adore corn on the cob, this didn’t do anything for me. The flavor was good, but it was very unpleasant to eat. I took one bite, and immediately, sticky corn found its way into every crevice of my mouth. Having corn stuck in your teeth is not fun.

My friend went with a pulled pork sandwich, sweet potato fries, and baked beans.



Everything on his plate was delicious. The baked beans were good, the sweet potato fries blew me away, and the pulled pork sandwich was delicious.

It helped that Pappy’s has some incredible barbecue sauce.


I tried all three and liked the Sweet Baby Jane sauce the most. Delish!

Although everything at Pappy’s was tasty, It’s safe to say that the ribs were my absolute favorite. If you only order one thing while you’re at Pappy’s, order the ribs. You won’t be sorry.

Speaking of ribs…it’s announcement time! I love announcements. They’re fun, aren’t they?

While chowing down on wings at the Marathon Chicken Wing Eating Event a few weeks ago, I brought up the idea of doing another challenge. Oh yeah, baby. You think I was finished after finding the best bread pudding in St. Louis and the best chicken wings in St. Louis? I’m just getting started!

The idea of doing a Best Ribs challenge was mentioned, and I liked the idea, but I also knew that the obvious winners of a rib challenge in St. Louis would be Pappy’s Smokehouse and Bogart’s Smokehouse. These two places are easily the most popular barbecue joints in the city.

So I made a decision: I’m going to do a Best Ribs Challenge, but since I believe Pappy’s and Bogart’s have an unfair advantage, I’m leaving them out. This blog is called Off The Eaten Path, and I’m all about giving the little guys a time to shine. While I absolutely adore Pappy’s and Bogart’s, I know that there are other amazing barbecue places in this city. I just know it!

The setup is going to be the same as the Bread Pudding Challenge and the Chicken Wing Challenge. I’m going to visit 10 local restaurants in St. Louis to try their ribs. Starting on August 1st, I will post the results of my visits.

However, instead of stretching out this challenge to 10 weeks, I’m shortening it to 5! That’s right – I’m going to blog about two rib restaurants a week. Where are my stretchy pants?

I hope you’re just as excited about this new challenge as I am. Bring on the meat!

I already have an idea of the ten places I want to visit, but of course, that could change. Give me your input! Where are the best places to find good ribs in St. Louis? I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

Have a great weekend, and see you this Wednesday with Week 1 of the Ribs Challenge. Smile

  • Scott

    I was in O’Fallon, MO recently and had some great ribs at Ethyl’s Smokehouse and Saloon. Don’t think that counts as Saint Louis though 🙂

    Also, Sandrina’s hosted a SLOB (Saint Louis Occational BBQers) competition recently. That was fun. I should have documented my favorites though.

    • OffTheEatenPathSTL

      thanks for the recommendation, Scott! O’Fallon isn’t TOO far from St. Louis…I may be able to make an exception 🙂

      The SLOB sounds awesome! I’m sad I missed it!

  • Karin May

    Hey, make sure Rib Shack on Natural Bridge is on that list for the rib challenge. They do an excellent job! While you’re there you might also want to try the brisket. Yum.

    • OffTheEatenPathSTL

      It’s on the list now, Karin! Thank you! 🙂

  • Pat

    We love a unique little place called Lil’ Mickey’s Memphis Barbecue. It’s in an old Taco Bell building in St. Peters near I-70 and Cave Springs Blvd. Their food is incredible!

    • OffTheEatenPathSTL

      Sounds awesome, Pat! thanks for the recommendation!

  • I know you just went there for the chicken wing challenge, but I love the ribs at Shaved Duck! Also, the June issue of Sauce had some adian-bbq ribs from Bobo Noodle House that looked SOOOOO good.

    • OffTheEatenPathSTL

      I’ve heard great things about the ribs at The Shaved Duck! I might have to pay them a return visit 🙂 Oooh…the Bobo Noodle House ribs might be an interesting addition! Thank you.

  • Marjorie Williams

    Venture to the east side and hit up Big Mama’s BBQ. Delish!

    • OffTheEatenPathSTL

      I love the name! thanks for the suggestion!

  • i’m am willing and able to help on your rib adventure through st louis…oh yea, great write up on pappy’s. still haven’t gone to bogart’s yet.

    • OffTheEatenPathSTL

      Thanks cousin! You’re in, buddy. 🙂

  • TTTStLou

    In case you didn’t know, Sawmill in Cahokia has some pretty good BBQ. Definitely off the beaten path. Will you be comparing smoked ribs to grilled? I like grilled much better myself. Some smoked, like Shaved Duck, are almost like eating a stick of ham. I preferred Bogart’s to Pappy’s, btw. I rate Pappy’s as pretty good, but not worth the long wait.

    • OffTheEatenPathSTL

      I’m going to go with whichever style that particular restaurant is known for. I love smoked and grilled!

  • Jpatrylo

    RIB CITY!!!! Great Ribs, and they love soccer!!!

    • OffTheEatenPathSTL

      Rib City is on the list! Thank you!

  • STLBeermaster

    You should try Rib City! Great ribs and good people.

    • OffTheEatenPathSTL

      Thanks for the suggestion! Rib City is officially on the list. A lot of people seem to love this place!

  • Bornearth

    Try Red’s. It used to be in Ferguson and is now opening in Dellwood on w Florissant rd near south of chambers rd. its a place people would wait over an hour to get their meat.

    • OffTheEatenPathSTL

      Red’s is on the list! Thank you!

  • Kevin Dern

    Carwell’s at Frontenac has great ribs. Check them out!

    • OffTheEatenPathSTL

      I would never think to get ribs there! Thanks for the suggestion, Kevin!

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  • Show Me The Sugar

    Good job. I love BBQ! I always prefer to smoke my own, but in a pinch or If i’m just feeling lazy a good BBQ spot is always good to know about it.

    • OffTheEatenPathSTL

      Thanks! There are so many good BBQ spots around the city…I’m excited to try a lot of them!

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