Get To Know Pappy’s Smokehouse In Grand Center Arts District

 In Feature, Food

Pappy’s dry-rubbed ribs are classic Memphis-style barbecue, but that’s just the start—there’s also turkey, sausage, beef brisket and more in the smoker at this local landmark. Almost immediately after it opened in 2008, lines snaked out the door during lunchtime. Its popularity led the ownership team to invest in several other successful barbecue ventures around the St. Louis metro area. However, Pappy’s remains the centerpiece.

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The Memphis connection is pitmaster and chef Skip Steele, one of the restaurant’s co-founders. He started building barbecue grills in his Tennessee hometown at age 14 but didn’t switch to cooking on them until later, going on to earn high marks at national barbecue competitions.

Though they take their barbecue seriously, staff members also have a sense of humor: enter the Frito pie. Fritos are topped with any of the meats, plus Cheddar, baked beans and onions. Or try The Adam Bomb—named in honor of Food Channel host Adam Richman, from “Man v. Food”—it includes a full slab of ribs, a brisket sandwich, a pulled pork sandwich, a quarter chicken, four sides and a Frito pie topped with hot sausage.

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Pappy’s Smokehouse
3106 Olive St.

While You’re In The Neighborhood, Visit … 

Miss M’s Candy Boutique
Chocolate-coated gummy bears and other playful sweets are everyday fare at this specialty-candy retailer.

500 N Grand Blvd.

Like Home Comme a la Maison
The mother-daughter team behind the pastries and breads in this year-old shop revels in pleasing American palates with French delicacies.

3855 Lindell Blvd.

Triumph Grill
The “Full Throttle” section on the menu sums up the diversity of this motorcycle-themed restaurant, from smoked duck to Creole shrimp.

3419 Olive St.

This story originally appeared in ALIVE’s GUIDED: Grand Center Arts District. Subscribe to ALIVE and pick up your complimentary copy of GUIDED: Grand Center Arts District at one of these venues.


Photography by Carmen Troesser

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