Sunday, August 17, 2008

Barbecue Heaven

One of my favorite parts of our vacation happened the first day of the trip. Driving past St. Louis, we stopped off in the town of Eureka, MO and found “Super Smokers Barb-B-Que.” See?

Iwanski and I loved Super Smokers. The first thing we noticed when we got out of our car was the SMELL. A thick cloud of delicious hickory BBQ smoke was being pumped out of the restaurant and into the air. Talk about a great way to lure in your customers—after smelling that, there was no turning back. We had to gets us some Super Smokers.

When we went in, we ordered at the counter and sat down to wait for our food to arrive. We both ordered the pulled pork, which came with a couple of side items (i.e. corn bread, baked beans, etc.). I, of course, being Miss Healthypants, also ordered a side salad, while Iwanski—not being Mr. Healthypants—also ordered a third of a slab of ribs. At the tables (which, of course, had red-checkered tablecloths), there were six different bottles of barbecue sauce, mainly named for the region of the US where they came from. The BBQ sauces were: St. Louis, Tennessee, Kansas City, Texas Hot, Carolina Sweet, and “Championship.” This is where I learned that:

1. I do not like Texas Hot BBQ sauce. Anyone up for spicy ketchup? That’s what it tasted like to me.

2. The “Championship” sauce wasn’t my favorite, either. (I guess it won some contest, but my taste buds gave it a thumbs down.)

3. The rest of them were just okay except for the Kansas City BBQ Sauce. That was absolutely wonderful, delicious, tantalizing, etc.

4. That’s when Iwanski informed me that most BBQ sauces that are sold in grocery stores today are modeled after the Kansas City BBQ sauce. Who knew? I certainly didn’t. This is a piece of knowledge I had not picked up on over the years.

Well, one thing’s for sure: there is a reason why Kansas City is known as the Barbecue Capital of the U.S. That sauce is tasty! And Super Smokers also made a wicked-good pulled pork. It turns out the smell wasn’t lying—it really was great barbecue.

Oh, and lest I forget—there was also a pretty unique item on the menu at Super Smokers—Frito Pie. This is a Southern “delicacy” that Buck had told me about from his Texas upbringing.

According to my research (i.e. googling “Frito Pie”), there are generally four different ingredients in a Frito Pie: Fritos corn chips (of course), chopped onion, cheddar cheese, and chili—all melted together into a gooey mess. Super Smokers, of course, took it up a notch by also adding pulled pork to the mess. This sounded like a heart attack waiting to happen, so I avoided ordering that.

Because I’m sure that the pulled pork, barbecue ribs, and jalapeno cornbread that I sampled was all 100% healthy.

Not to mention the side salad slathered in ranch dressing. But at least I ate some vegetables, right?


Diane said...

ya ain't had BBQ unless ya'll been to the World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa

I loved pulled pork too and agree with you that Kansas style BBQ sauce is the best! YUMMY!

Sling said...

Iwanski knows his stuff!
Ain't nothin' like Kansas City style sauce...I'd have risked the Frito Pie myself.If yer gonna have a heart attack,it might be worth it. ;)

MaryRuth said...

Frito Pie rocks! Some places even serve it in the little Frito bag.
glad to hear you had a fun vacation.

Mathman6293 said...

mmmm BBQ. Dcup made some tonight. In one batch she uses Sweet Baby Ray's and the other a Carolina Sweet. Not bad for home.

Sounds like a delicious stop...

sfoofie said...

I specifically remember a time where I traveled in a car with 3 men and they specifically researched and specifically went to Memphis for ribs. A worthy event indeedily. Congrats on finding a seemingly "ultimate sampler" BBQ place.

Gilman Chatsworth said...


All KC has is the sauce. It's the equivalent of wanting to taste the heat instead of the meat.

Buck said...

Ahhh Frito Pie. I remember it being served at little league games. Just slit open the side of a small Frito bag, dump in some chili and cheese, and poke in a plastic spoon.

I'm glad you're back.

rosemary said...

aren't calories consumed on vacation free or some such thing? you walked them off anyway. i had an uncle in Virginia that loved Chris n Pitts original way back in the 60's. my mom used to send him a case every year for his birthday.

Miss Healthypants said...

It seems that we all like the barbecue...and some of you freaky people like the Frito Pie, too. :)

Gilman, the sauce is what makes it for me! My friends who go out to eat with me know my #1 requirement for food to be good--it has to be moist! I can't STAND dry food.

Rosemary--I sure hope the calories are free! I'm scared to step on the scale. :)

Barb said...

Your post made me hungry. Best ribs I ever ate were dry rub in Charleston, SC. YUM

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Anonymous said...

SuperSmokers uses baked beans instead of chilli in their frito pie. I much prefer it... it's fabulous! On your next visit, don't skip it! Order it!