1st: Wabash BBQ, Excelsior Springs and Chillicothe; 816-630-7700 and 660-646-6777
Northwest Missouri barbecue aficionados have been flocking to Wabash BBQ for award-winning smoked creations for decades. For a sandwich fit for an army, go for The Wabash featuring your choice of two smoked meats totaling 12 ounces on a hoagie bun. Eating with your hands? Go with a full slab of fall-off-the-bone spare or baby back ribs. In addition to the smoked meat, try their fresh-cut onion strings as a tasty start to your unforgettable meal.
2nd: Hercules Southern BBQ, Piedmont; 573-223-3654
Hercules BBQ satisfies their customers’ smoked barbecue cravings in Piedmont. Stop in on Fridays to try some cherry wood-smoked brisket either as a dinner or sandwich. Throughout the week, treat yourself to Hercules’ pulled pork which is slowly smoked with a blend of hickory and cherry woods. The pulled pork — or pulled chicken — is also available on Hercules’ loaded nachos or loaded potato.
EC: Rebel Pig Smokehouse & Grill, Palmyra; 573-769-2454
The Rebel Pig offers your traditional applewood-smoked barbecue fare with plenty of dinner and meat combinations available. But where the staff here shines, is their creativity in turning that delicious barbecue into unique creations. They’ve adopted a central Illinois favorite as a top seller. The Rebel Pig Horseshoe Explosion starts with a slice of Texas toast that is topped with waffle fries, smoked pork or chicken smothered in jalapeno queso sauce and barbecue sauce. Better come hungry.
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