Ribs Challenge, Week 4: Rib Shack & Roper’s Ribs


Welcome to Week four of the Ribs Challenge! It seems like this challenge just started, and now it’s almost over! Can you believe next week is the last week? Can you believe I’ve visited eight places for ribs already?! I can’t.

I know you’re wishing for more pictures and less chatter, so let’s do this.

This week, I decided to explore a few hot spots in Jennings. It’s in a suburb of St. Louis…is it considered North County? I’m from St. Louis, so I feel like I should know this, but I don’t. Help me out, fellow locals!

Anyway, I went to Rib Shack first. I’d say that the name is rather fitting. Winking smile 


I don’t judge a book by it’s cover, though; actually, I feel like some of my favorite restaurants are the ones that aren’t too fancy. I was excited to give this place a try.

I didn’t snap any pictures of the inside, but it’s tiny! There was hardly any room to stand, much less sit down and eat. So I ordered my ribs to go.

You probably want to see a picture of them, don’t you?



There ya go. Winking smile

These were pretty darn amazing. The sauce was a little thin, and didn’t add a ton of flavor, but I liked that; it gave the smoky meat more of an opportunity to shine. And boy, did it ever!

You want ribs that fall off the bone? Rib Shack is the answer! Wow. Just…wow. I fell in love with these. I feel like I need a thesaurus, because I can’t think of any other words to describe how delicious these were! Juicy, flavorful meat, sticky sweet sauce…these ribs had it all.

I wanted to eat every last one of these babies, but I had one more stop to make, so I restrained myself.

Next stop? Roper’s Ribs!




I was really excited to try this place. I’ve been meaning to try it for ages! The ribs here have won quite a few awards, including Steve Harvey’s “Hoodie” award for best BBQ.

Again, Roper’s was incredibly small (even smaller than Rib Shack!) so I took my order to go.


I couldn’t wait to tear into this!



Wow. I can honestly say I’ve eaten a lot of barbecue in my life (and lately, a lot of ribs!), and I know I still have two spots left to try, but these ribs were some of the best I’ve had in my life. IN. MY. LIFE.

Where do I even start? Let’s start with the sauce.

I loved this sauce. It was thick, so it coated the ribs nicely, and I had plenty of sauce in every bite. But more importantly, the flavor of the sauce was like no other I’ve ever had. I can’t place my finger on it, but something about this sauce was just different. My palate is nowhere near refined enough to discern the different flavors, but it was spicy, sweet, smoky and tangy all at the same time. It was a party in my mouth! There was something special about this sauce, and you’re just going to have to try it yourself; words can’t express how much I loved it.

And the meat itself? Divine. It was so tender, it fell right off the bone. It was just…amazing. Geez…will someone buy me a thesaurus, please? I’m at a loss for words.

Enough of my blathering. Let’s just say that the next two places I try are going to have to blow me away in order to beat the ribs I had at Rib Shack and Roper’s.

See you next week!

  • I’ve driven by Rib Shack a ton of times and never stopped in. You’ve totally inspired me to check them out, as well as hit some other St. Louis eats. Can’t wait!

    • OffTheEatenPathSTL

      if you try them out, you’ll have to let me know what you think! 🙂