Barbecuing is an art. Don’t believe us? There are BBQ TV shows and hundreds of cookbooks. There’s even a nationwide BBQ organization that hosts competitions where pro and amateur pitmasters compete in teams, with winning BBQers taking home thousands of dollars in cash prizes. Find the best BBQ in St. Louis
In St. Louis, we take our BBQ seriously. Like Memphis, Kansas City and Texas, St. Louis has a signature BBQ style that locals prefer – in our case, grilled and then sauced. Popular meats include baby back or hand-trimmed St. Louis ribs. Here at Magnolia St. Louis, we defer to the city’s ‘cue experts. While guests will find delectable creole shrimp and blackened chicken on the menu at our onsite restaurant, Robie’s, you’ll have to venture outside to get a taste of authentic St. Louis BBQ. Here are a few favorites in easy driving distance of our distinctive boutique hotel.
Ranked as the #1 BBQ joint in St. Louis on TripAdvisor, Bogart’s is known for pulled pork, beef brisket and tangy apricot ribs. It’s located just 10 minutes from Magnolia St. Louis, in walking distance of Ray Leisure Park and historic Route 66. Though many of Bogart’s meats are smoked over apple wood, not grilled, the overall prep is classic St. Louis. Think moist meats, a super light smoke flavor and ribs that are flame-torched to caramelize the sauce. As with most traditional BBQ places, Bogart’s is casual and basic. Order a brisket platter with two sides or some burnt ends and take a seat at one of the Formica tables to have the full Bogart’s experience.
Head west on Olive St. from Magnolia and you’ll bump into Pappy’s Smokehouse, which joins Bogart’s as one of TripAdvisor’s Top 10 BBQ Restaurants in the country. The kicker is that Pappy’s dishes Memphis style BBQ, where the ribs are slow-smoked over cherry and apple woods and dry-rubbed with the house spice blend. Guests can choose from four sauces, including a classic version, sweet, Texas hot sauce and peppery “hoodoo” sauce. The place hits all the BBQ standards, with checkered tablecloths and picnic tables for inside dining. Love your ‘cue? Pappy’s ships nationwide, so you can get your rib fix even after you return home.
If you’re seeking something more upscale, Salt + Smoke offer a modern, trendy take on smoked meats. The vibe here screams “hipster bar,” with bearded servers and a popular sidewalk patio, not to mention 100+ bourbons and an impressive craft beer menu. Gourmet grub includes ravioli made with brisket burnt ends, plus classic BBQ sandwiches, fried pickles and St. Louis cut ribs. Pulled pork, chicken and brisket are available by the pound, or diners can opt for a Bestie Combo featuring choice of two meats and sides. Save room for pecan or chocolate pie, made from scratch in-house.
With Magnolia’s central location in downtown St. Louis, there’s plenty of barbecue to be found nearby. Visit one of the area’s top spots for smoked meat, then head back to the hotel for a nightcap or a glass of wine at Robie’s. Call 314-436-9000 or contact us online to book your stay.