We have discovered the best BBQ in the world......
It's at Pappy's Smokehouse in St Louis. I've had a lot of BBQ in my life. I grew up in the south and I used to go to the Big Pig Jig every year. I spent four years in North Carolina where we learned that BBQ can be vinegar based instead of tomato based. The first time we tried it, we thought it was spoiled, but we gained an appreciation for vinegar based BBQ while we were there.
Don't be alarmed by the decor.
And don't be intimidated by the line. When we arrived we were pleased to fine only one person waiting ahead of us in line.
Then we discovered that we were only at the head of the line waiting to get inside to get in line.
The first time we ate there, we made it to the inside line in about five minutes. The second time we ate there, we waited about thirty minutes to get to the inside line. It just depends on how busy they are, but truly the lines moved fairly quickly.
When you make it inside, you are handed a menu to peruse while you wait in a line that snakes through the restaurant. There are numerous signs advising you not to try to get a table until after you have placed your order.
Everything in you will itch to try to grab a table and park your stuff on it so that you can have a place to sit with your food.
Don't do it. Wait patiently. They have a system.
When you are getting close to the register to place your order there is a sign advising you that you should know what you want to order by now. And you should, too. You've not only been holding a menu, you've been staring at people's plates as their food is delivered. Plus if you get up to the register and hem and haw and take up time still trying to make up your mind, you might get lynched. All the folks in line behind you have been smelling the amazing BBQ smells and they've worked up an appetite. Do not risk your life asking what the side orders are. It was on the freaking menu. Know before you get there.
After you order, they will find you a table. I don't know if they ever have trouble seating people. We've eaten there twice and we've been given a seat immediately after ordering and our food was delivered before Kerry even sat down.
We went whole hog and ordered the Adam Bomb.
The Adam Bomb (named after Adam Richman of "Man vs. Food") consits of a full slab of ribs, a beef brisket sandwich, a pulled pork sandwich, 1/4 of a chicken, a frito pie, and four sides. We chose sweet potato fries, pork-n-beans, potato salad and green beans.
On a previous visit we had also tried their fried corn on the cob which is fabulous, but we couldn't split it between the five of us.
Not only did we eat until we were stuffed, but we took home three carry out trays of left-overs.
Emily likes to make faces at the camera. She's four.
Fifteen! I meant to say she's fifteen.
We bought a bottle of their BBQ sauce because it was so glorious.
Go try Pappy's. You will not be disappointed. We've been twice and we'll definitely go again!