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The 9 Best BBQ Restaurants Near University City

Updated: May 2, 2022

University City does BBQ well!l These spots offer everything from whole hog trays to vegetarian options like smoked corn. Only University City’s true masters have conquered BBQ so we analyzed millions of reviews from top sources for the list below. Visit any of the shops on this list for spectacular pulled pork, baby back ribs, and a side of collard greens.

Find the perfect Barbeque spot

The Banh Mi Shop

Vietnamese, University CityVietnameseUniversity City
Google: 4.9
Yelp: 5.0

If you travel further

Bogart's Smokehouse

American, $$, St. LouisAmerican, $$St. Louis, Soulard
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
  • Three Best Rated

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    Three Best Rated
  • Riverfront Times, 2019

    The 25 Best Restaurants in St. Louis Right Now, According to Yelp

    Riverfront Times, 2019

Pappy's Smokehouse

American, $$, St. LouisAmerican, $$St. Louis, Midtown
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
  • Three Best Rated

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    Three Best Rated

Jody B's

St. LouisSt. Louis
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 5.0

Adam's Smokehouse

$$, St. Louis$$St. Louis, Clifton Heights
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5

Gobble STOP Smokehouse

$, Creve Coeur$Creve Coeur
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

The Stellar Hog

American, $$, St. LouisAmerican, $$St. Louis, Bevo Mill
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Salt + Smoke

American, $$, St. LouisAmerican, $$St. Louis
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Sugarfire Smoke House

American, $$, St. LouisAmerican, $$St. Louis, Downtown
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Hoodline, 2020

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    Hoodline, 2020

How was this list created?

Finding the right spot to satisfy your Barbeque craving shouldn't be a full-time job. We analyzed 5470 University City restaurants on Yelp and Google, 823905 University City restaurant reviews, and 153 lists and articles – looking closely at what Riverfront Times, Hoodline and Three Best Rated had to say – and applied our boam magic. The spots that made the cut have been featured in Riverfront Times - The 25 Best Restaurants in St. Louis Right Now, According to Yelp, Hoodline - 4 top spots for burgers in St. Louis and Three Best Rated - 3 Best Barbecue Restaurants in St Louis, MO. Our engine uses real-time data to only show restaurants that are open and their available services, so you can stay safe on your terms. This content is not sponsored by any restaurant or party, the restaurants shown are the real deal. The restaurants featured above represent the best of the best in University City Barbeque.

Common questions

The Banh Mi Shop and Asian Kitchen Korean Cuisine have outdoor seating and barbeque in University City.

The Banh Mi Shop and Asian Kitchen Korean Cuisine are the highest-rated barbeque spots for dinner in University City.

The Banh Mi Shop and Asian Kitchen Korean Cuisine are the highest-rated barbeque spots for lunch in University City.

The Banh Mi Shop and Asian Kitchen Korean Cuisine are the highest-rated barbeque spots to get a quick lunch in University City.

There are 2 barbeque spots in University City.

Drink pairing tips for Barbeque

  • Pair Rosé with grilled turkey burger

    If you enjoy grilled turkey burger, you should drink something acidic to balance out the flavor. Think of sipping some Rosé along with your food. The pink wine really battles the grilled flavours.

  • The perfect complement to grilled fish steak


    Experts recommend pairing a grilled fish steak with a glass of Prosecco, a popular sparkling wine.

  • Pair Pinot Noir with pork

    When considering how to best enjoy your pork, we would highlight how well a glass of Pinot Noir complements the dish as it highlights the richer flavours of the meat.


Fun facts about Barbeque

  • The most expensive olive wagu beef

    If you have recently won the lottery, or you just happen to have $300 lying around, why not spend it on indulging in the world’s most glamorous, and most expensive, olive wagu beef?

  • A delicious pairing

    One should always compliment their food with a drink that doesn't take away from the meal. If it’s Southern barbecue you’re eating, we recommend pairing it with a The Arnold Palmer Cocktail. The acidic and tannin-rich flavors of the The Arnold Palmer Cocktail won’t detract from the flavors of your Southern barbecue.

  • A 2008-record from South Korea

    A little chili pepper string never hurt anybody! The size of the longest chili pepper string might surprise you, coming in at 4,576 feet 9 inches! How big of a kitchen do you need to make that?

Parking tips

Parking in University City can be a challenge. To make your life easier, we partnered with SpotHero, an innovative digital parking reservation service, so you can easily and effortlessly find parking near your selected Barbeque spot.

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