It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means! It’s another week of the Ribs Challenge. My stretchy pants are on, I’m armed with wet naps, and I’m ready to talk about the next two contenders! I hope you’re ready to listen.
First up? Richard’s Ribs!
This little shack is in Kirkwood, and if you’re driving through the area, you’ll miss it if you’re not paying attention! Ask me how I know…
Anyway, once I finally found the place, I was ready to order. I went with a half slab of ribs, of course.
I had high hopes for this place for two reasons:
1. The smoker outside. Maybe it’s just a marketing thing, but whenever I see a smoker outside of a BBQ place, I assume that their ‘que is going to be GOOD.
2. The fact that it’s called Richard’s Ribs. I mean…if you’re going to name your restaurant after your specialty, it’s gotta be good, right?
I’m sure you know where I’m going with this, so I’ll just say it: I wasn’t a fan of these ribs. I didn’t like the barbecue sauce; it was pretty thin and didn’t have that smoky sweet flavor that I typically go for. Usually, I wouldn’t give a place poor marks because of the sauce, but since Richard’s cooks their ribs in the sauce and I don’t have the option of having them unsauced…well…it is what it is. Sorry!
Unfortunately, the ribs themselves weren’t that great, either. The meat was tough and chewy and didn’t fall off the bone like it did at Smoki O’s (and to some extent, even Bully Boy’s!). No bueno. Sorry, Richard’s!
Moving on to my next stop: Charlotte’s Ribs! This spot was allllll the way out in Ballwin, which is quite a drive for this city girl.
Spoiler alert: It was definitely worth the drive.
Charlotte’s offered Baby Back Ribs as well as Pork Spare Ribs, and since I wasn’t sure of which ones to order, I did what any
fat kid foodie would do: I ordered both!
First up? Baby Back Ribs.
I also ordered a few sides (which I’ll talk about on a later review!). For now, let’s talk about the ribs.
OH. MAN. These were good! The meat was super duper tender and fell right off the bone. The meat had a rich smoky flavor that I loved. There was no smoker outside of Charlotte’s, but I didn’t need to see one to know that these ribs had gotten the royal smoker treatment.
And the sauce? The sauce was fantastic! It was thick, smoky, sweet, and a little spicy. I made sure that every last bite was drenched in this stuff. So good.
Next up were the pork spare ribs.
Another home run! Just like the baby back ribs, the meat just fell right off the bone. I’ll admit that I enjoyed the baby back ribs more than these; the bits of cartilage in the pork spare ribs made them a little hard and unpleasant to eat. But once I moved past that small complaint, these were fab.
Two thumbs up, Charlotte! I was hoping you wouldn’t let me down, and you certainly didn’t.
Now that I’ve visited four rib restaurants, this is where I would usually give you a rundown of the standings. But this time around? I’m not going to do that. You’ll have to wait until the very last week to see where everyone ranked (and who my favorite is)! A little mystery is fun, right?
See you next week!