Pappy's Smokehouse

BBQ Joint$$$$
Midtown, St Louis
  • This BBQ joint is famous for their ribs. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • Tara L.
    "Best BBQ with plentiful portions and well thought-out sides."(18 Tips)
    "Food Network Top 5 Best Ribs - #1 Full Slab of Ribs"(10 Tips)
    Nicholas N.
    "Everything is good too eat at pappy's !!! Fried corn excellent."(24 Tips)
    Andrew M.
    "Ribs were excellent, brisket and burnt ends were great too."(20 Tips)
256 Tips and reviews
  • barbecue
  • ribs
  • brisket
  • fried corn
  • sweet potato fries
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  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyAugust 29, 2016
    Pappy's is the best place for BBQ in St. Louis! Be prepared to wait at least 20 mins in line, well worth it for the ribs! The corn and beans are delicious and must have a Fitz's root beer on the side.
  • Jeff
    JeffNovember 7, 2013
    Come here early, come here for the lines, come here for the ambiance, but best of all come HERE for some bad ass burnt ends, ribs, slaw and potato salad and BBQ sauce. A must stop while in STL.
  • Aaron W.
    Aaron WagnerFebruary 22, 2016
    Brisquet and pulled pork was awesome! Great smoke flavor and nice menu of opt. Call ahead to see if sold out for the day and prepare for a line. Look at all the famous people who autographed menus
  • Jeff T.
    Jeff ThompsonMarch 28, 2016
    It's Pappy's, if you go go early! Seriously the food is out of the world, but they do sell out! Expect to wait a hour in line, but once you order food is quickly served! Ribs are the best ever!
  • Meredith S.
    Meredith SneppJune 24, 2014
    Get a Cardinal Cream Soda by Fitz. Order sweet potato fries (heavenly) and the fried corn on the cob. Eat the burnt ends. It's an amazing place, totally worth the wait. Great staff!
  • Jesse B.
    Jesse BagelsOctober 11, 2016
    The real winner here is the pulled pork, also the Voodoo sauce may be my favorite bbq sauce in the world, but there are better ribs and brisket elsewhere. Come before noon on weekends to avoid lines.
  • JenKudu
    JenKuduSeptember 5, 2014
    Had pretty high expectations and was told by many, Pappys was the best. Maybe we caught em on an off day. Brisket and burnt ends were pretty dry. Sauce is great. Easily the best sweet potato fries!
  • Tomantha M.
    Tomantha MercedesJune 26, 2017
    Skip the green beans (especially if you like them stewed with meat). Corn and beans a re great sides. And get the ribs! Also skip the original bbq sauce...sweet is like the original sauce you know!
  • Riverfront Times
    Riverfront TimesAugust 14, 2014
    Even beef brisket is practically fork-tender. Sides are simple and delicious. Pappy's closes when each day's barbecue sells out, so call ahead if you're headed out late. Read more
  • Ryan C.
    Ryan Campbell3 weeks ago
    The best ribs I've ever has in my life. They are 10)% worth the wait, but make sure you get there before they run out for the day. Have never had a problem during lunch finding them.
  • James C.
    James CJuly 7, 2014
    Best BBQ in St. Louis. Try everything especially the Burnt Ends and the fried corn on the cob. May have to wait but it is totally worth it. Get there early they can run out of things.
  • Riverfront Times
    Riverfront TimesSeptember 17, 2013
    Possibly the best sweet potato fries around. Dark, crispy and thinly cut, dipped in any of the remarkable sauces, turning already terrific fries into mouth-watering goodness.
  • Grant M.
    Grant MitchellDecember 11, 2014
    This place always has a line. IT'S WORTH IT!! And just like the sign on the wall says-it doesn't matter what you get, it's all good! Some of the best BBQ I have ever had.
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussJune 10, 2015
    Excellent pulled pork: juicy and not overly smokey. Get there early before they start to sellout of ribs and brisket about 90 mins before closing.
  • Marc
    MarcApril 24, 2015
    Thrillist Top BBQ List: Pappy's sells out faster than its meats cook. Opt for the ribs and underrated burnt ends, and keep a little of Pappy's Original sauce on the side for dipping.
  • Matt R.
    Matt RobinsonDecember 1, 2015
    Best Bar-B-Que in Saint Louis! Late lunch on a weekday is a great time to go. The lines are gone and you can walk right up to the counter for a little bit of heaven!
  • Psiyina D.
    Psiyina DavisNovember 8, 2013
    The ribs are the best in the USA!!!! Omgeezy!! The meat is so flavored by the wood that you don't need the sauce unless you just want to kick up the goodness a notch!!!
  • Go! Magazine
    Go! MagazineApril 25, 2013
    Fries Taste Test: We're split on the sweet sweet-potato fries. The deep-amber fries, with their own natural sugars and coating of brown sugar, provide a great balance to Pappy’s peppery green beans. Read more
  • Max W.
    Max WennekerJuly 9, 2016
    Ribs are fantastic. Been here probably five times and never had a bad meal. Line can be long but it moves very fast and there are always exactly enough seats.
  • Mark
    MarkJune 25, 2013
    Outside of Kansas City, this is as good of barbecue you will find. The regular sauce is very good, the hot and spicy sauce is excellent. I recommend getting the Big Ben.
  • Jorge P.
    Jorge PolancoMay 21, 2015
    Ribs. I can't say more, I'm from Texas and we have great BBQ down there but I'll tell you Pappy's is right there with them. Great place to eat at .
  • Jay L.
    Jay LottJune 8, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Pick 2 Turkey/Burnt Ends - Pick 2 Turkey/Burnt Ends - green beans and deep fried corn on the cob. #pappys #24hourfoodgeek the green beans were much better then I remember! (via @Foodspotting)
  • Bert I.
    Bert IrslingerOctober 7, 2017
    Ribs, ribs, ribs! We've only tried the dry rub so far, and these were as good as it gets. Be prepared to wait in line, but it is well worth it. We'll be back!
  • Giovanni D.
    Giovanni D'PalmaMay 1, 2017
    The ribs were amazing and must have. I tried the brisket and burnt ends, which were also delicious. The ribs though! Mmm
  • Armon M.
    Armon MeansJuly 30, 2013
    Ribs are amazing and the burnt ends sandwich is perfect. Great weekday lunch special too. Don't just dump sauce on everything, you'll miss out on perfectly flavored meat.
  • Karen F.
    Karen F.September 27, 2012
    Great brisket and wonderful service from the employees. Of course there was a line to order but it moved quickly. By the time I went to my table, my order was served! Yum!
  • Phil Bonilla
    Phil BonillaJuly 15, 2012
    Food was great! The "Adam" Bomb is big enough for 4 grown men! Ribs and pulled pork were great! The fried corn on the die for. Nice sweet potato fries too!
  • Noah W.
    Noah WeissApril 30, 2017
    Great BBQ, get there by 11 to avoid the waits. Ribs, burnt ends, and fried corn all standouts.
  • Christine H.
    Christine HongSeptember 13, 2014
    Well worth the wait!!! Get the ribs, burnt ends, slaw, sweet potato fries and beans. Service is exceptional too!
  • Russell G.
    Russell GodfreyJuly 14, 2013
    Great ribs! I added 1/4 pound of brisket and it was sliced so thin that most of the meat had dried out by the time it got to me. There was also virtually no smoke ring, unforgivable.
  • jasmine w.
    jasmine wJanuary 25, 2013
    Try the Beef Brisket Sandwich - Awesome! Sandwich with the sweet potato fries. Didn't care for the green beans.
  • Jonathan
    JonathanJune 4, 2013
    I'm a Texas boy living in Memphis. The ribs were awesome and worth the wait, but I give the brisket a fail. It was too tough. Fried corn was good too.
  • Nola B.
    Nola BoardroomOctober 15, 2013
    I had the Big Ben platter I enjoy the ribs the sweet and spicy barbecue sauce smoke turkey sandwich didn't like the potato salad but the fried corn was a great touch
  • Eric R.
    Eric RausinAugust 23, 2013
    Best ribs in the country, and this is from someone that has been searching long and hard for them. Deep fried corn on the cobb is amazing as well.
  • Garret W.
    Garret WassellJuly 19, 2012
    Best BBQ I have ever had! .....and I live in Texas! Get there early, once they run out of something, they do not make more for the rest of the day!
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MonroeSeptember 9, 2014
    Ribs were excellent, brisket and burnt ends were great too. The Frito pie was okay and the fried corn was not my favorite.
  • Lani A.
    Lani AikoMarch 6, 2016
    Some of the best bbq I've ever had. Ribs are a must-try. The long wait in line is definitely worth it.
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelNovember 7, 2011
    Make room for the Big Ben; a 6-lb. medley of pulled prok, beef brisket, chicken, loin ribs and 4 sides. As seen on Travel Channel’s Man v. Food Nation.
  • Dana B.
    Dana BaumJuly 27, 2012
    Be prepared for a line, but worth it. Give the BBQ spud a is awesome! Love the sweet potato fries and the fried corn as well.
  • Danielle H.
    Danielle HohmeierDecember 30, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    They don't always have them - but the regular fries, not sweet potato, are really good. Can't go wrong with the sandwich + side lunch special.
  • Riverfront Times
    Riverfront TimesJuly 30, 2013
    Every time you return for a bite of the ribs or any of the other meats smoked over apple or cherry woods, you have that rarest of sensations: It's even better than you remembered.
  • Giovanni d.
    Giovanni de FrancisciNovember 20, 2014
    Insanely good BBQ. Anyone who questions that America has a unique culinary culture does not appreciate BBQ.
  • Amanda R.
    Amanda RagsdaleAugust 31, 2011
    The brisket was awesome. Loved the potato salad and Had the fried corn on the cob.. Plus a sweet tea. Yum! Only waited 30 mins in line it was worth it!
  • Terrass M.
    Terrass MisherJune 3, 2015
    The best BBQ I've had in my life. Get the ribs, brisket and sweet potato fries
  • Tara M.
    Tara MedeirosMarch 30, 2016
    Get the full rack of ribs with a side of baked beans and potato salad - the absolute best!
  • Stephen M.
    Stephen MarodaAugust 7, 2014
    The "Big Ben" was the real deal. Ribs, brisket, pork and chicken, 4 sides. Get it
  • Ricardo R.
    Ricardo RodriguezMay 30, 2015
    The bbq ribs are so tender they fall off the bone. The sweet bbq sauce is fantastic. They offer good tasting side items too.
  • Kadee W.
    Kadee WhiteMay 21, 2016
    Burnt ends, pulled chicken, turkey and pulled pork - all delicious!! Very fast service too
  • Jennifer C.
    Jennifer ChungOctober 6, 2012
    Long lines but well worth the wait. The food was very good. The meat on the ribs fall off the bone. The brisket was yummy.
  • Anthony A.
    Anthony AtencioAugust 8, 2014
    I either get the Pulled Pork Sandwich or the Ribs, but always get Sweet Potato Fries and Fried Corn on the Cob as sides.
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