Pappy Meal

Pappy's Smokehouse in St. Louis - Travel Channel sticker Pappy's Smokehouse in St. Louis - menu board There are so many food shows on Travel Channel and so many travel shows on Food Network that it can be difficult to remember which channel you’re watching.  During a “Man v. Food” marathon on Travel Channel, I set my DVR to record the episode shot in St. Louis. In it, Adam Richman visited someplace I’ve already been and he inspired me to try someplace new.

Pappy's Smokehouse in St. Louis - mopping the ribs Pappy's Smokehouse in St. Louis - ribs, fried corn, sweet potato fries On Saturday, my family and I went to Pappy’s Smokehouse. I had no interest in attempting the Big Ben, which Adam ate on the show and then added to it to create the “Adam Bomb”. I just wanted to enjoy the taste of some award-winning BBQ. My wife and I ordered salads with pulled chicken on top. Our son ordered a slab of ribs with the intention of sharing a tasty rib or two with his parents. I also sampled a couple of his sweet potato fries, which were amazing.

We had been warned to get there early because they do sell out. We were also told that the line would be out the door. Once we got inside, the line snaked down a hallway and back. It was reminiscent of waiting for ride at Disneyland. Once we got into the actual restaurant, there was a still another line. It took us about an hour to get to the counter to order but only a few minutes for our food to be delivered to our table. One of the guys told me that their business has doubled thanks to “Man v. Food.” They now get a large percentage of out-of-towners, especially on weekends.

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