Mid-westerners take their barbecue seriously. Some would even contend it’s part of the nutrition food pyramid. Here in St. Louis we can find soul soothing ribs at Pappy’s, Shaved Duck, Bogart’s, Salt +Smoke, Adam’s Smokehouse, and Wood Shack in Soulard.
Across the state, Kansas City, with it’s 100, or so, barbecue joints, lays claim to being “The Barbecue Capital of the World.” South Missouri has it own tasty, Dexter-style ribs, slow cooked with a paprika-based spice rub and served with sauce on the side.
Not too far away, there’s Memphis, that U.S. News and World Report ranked the” No. #1 Barbecue City in the Country.” Yes, we’re surrounded by barbecue with all its saucy comfort, each variety with its own fans and followers.
Ribs Delivered from Memphis!!
Robin and JC were in Memphis recently. As is the custom in our family, we email photos when we travel and come upon some good eats. When Robin sent me these photos, I immediately responded that I’d like to write a post about the ribs at The Barbecue Shop in Memphis. After all, the place was voted as serving the #1 Ribs in America by the Food Network.
“But,” I added, “I really need a taste of those ribs for my comments to be authentic.”
She paused. “I’d bring you some, but I don’t know how I’ll get them home,” she replied.
“Trust me,” I said, “the rib shop will know how to do this.”
Sure enough, Robin showed up the next day with a nicely packaged meal of ribs, that included some with a dry rub and another with wet. The wet variety is covered with sauce before, during and after cooking. While both were superb on any barbecue scale, I was especially fond of the wet ribs and all the messiness that comes with it.
More Acts of Food Kindness
Recently, friends from Texas, sent me 5-pounds of pecans. Wow! Just in time for Thanksgiving and enough to satisfy my cooking needs for the next year!
And then last night, Russ and Deb brought me some Bahamian Conch Chowder they’d made from The Key West Kitchen cookbook. This is a delicacy I eat all too seldom and only in the South. It was perfect for the snowy, chilly evening.