It’s very rare that you can walk up to Pappy’s Smokehouse and not have to wait in a line that is wrapped past the bathroom or even partially outside. Located in a discreet corner building, unless you’ve heard of it you may very well miss it. ribsMy first trip to St. Louis I was brought to Pappy’s and I was so overwhelmed by the atmosphere that I don’t even remember what I ordered, I just know it was beyond good. At this point the site wasn’t up and I didn’t have a camera I was just an out of town visitor being privy to one of St. Louis’ many food gems.

Fast forward to my last trip out to STL and we decided to hit Pappy’s again, I believe this time it being my idea, while my Greedy Friend was uninterested. I already knew the history and had taken in the atmosphere, I was ready to fully process my experience and get a few pictures that I missed out on during my first encounter. The building is very nice and minimal but upon entering the establishment, there’s a genuine down home feel and walls lined with menus signed by just about any celebrity you can imagine from Jimmy Kimmel to Pharrell Williams.

Pappy’s prides itself with smoking their meats up to 14 hours over either sweet apple or cherry wood.sauces No matter what your choice is you can then cover your selection with one of four signature Pappy Sauces (Pappy’s Original, Jane’s Sweet, Holly’s Hot, or the Hoodoo Sauce).  Having been in numerous publications,  a highlight for Pappy’s is its appearance on Man vs. Food on the Travel Channel. Their menu now hosts a special dish for the show’s personality Adam Richman aptly named “The Adam Bomb”. Pappy’s has also teamed up with legend Willie Nelson on a collaborative shirt that reads, “Yeah Dude…We Smoke” embellished with the Pappy’s logo benefiting a non profit organization named Farm Aid. Farm Aid first originated as a benefit concert in3943948340_01f7d46c44_m 1985 by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Diamond, and was later joined by Dave Matthews. To this day Farm Aid has raised over $45 million to promote the family farming system of agriculture.

Seeing as though I don’t partake in pork or beef products my selections were not as vast and some might say I even cheated the experience. However, neither of my visits to Pappy’s were anything short of great. The menu isn’t grand, it’s actually very simple but love can be found in the most simplest of places and the simplest of forms. From the fresh bread to the perfectly cooked chicken accompanied by fresh veggies and homestyle beans each bite is definitely a treat.DSC_0195 I opted to try my plate minus the sauce at first to get a feel of the chicken just based on the cooking method alone but what’s a good barbecue sandwich without the sauce?! If you’re ever in STL be sure to check out Pappy’s and make sure you get there early because although it’s well worth the wait, once a menu item is gone it’s marked off the chalkboard for the day. It’s Thursday and Pappy’s is most definitely a ThingWeLove! #ThingsWeLoveThursdays

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