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Adam’s Smokehouse – St. Louis MO – BBQ Pro Shop Review

Adam’s Smokehouse is the most recent offspring of St. Louis BBQ Parents, Pappy’s Smokehouse and Bogart’s and from what our St. Louis BBQ Minion tells us, up to par with the old folks! The website is simple as is the menu and their “theory”.

Adam’s follows the same barbeque theory as its sister stores, Pappy’s and Bogart’s: Low and slow is the way to go! All meat is slow cooked to perfection, and our sides offer just the right selection to complement the main event, whichever that may be for you- our amazing smoked ribs, delicious pulled pork or another one of our smokey and savory barbeque masterpieces.

Here is the report from the front lines filed over the weekend.

So we took the plunge and made a large carry-out order from Adam’s Smokehouse to celebrate my parents closing on the new house. It was our first time trying their Q and I have to say I was pretty impressed over all.

I’m just going to jump right in with my review of the meats…

Ribs – outstanding flavor, tooth, tenderness, rub, and quality of meat. Moist but not greasy.

Another Fine BBQ Joint in St. Louis is born! The Image courtesy of Feast - St. Louis

Another Fine BBQ Joint in St. Louis is born! The Image courtesy of Feast – St. Louis

Rub and glaze did not fight each other for supremacy so there was a lot of flavor. Excellent meat quality with a LOT meat on each bone. Even the silverskin was paper-thin and tender. Two full racks went up in smoke. Kids and grown ups alike devoured them..

Brisket – moist, tender, great pink coloring and gently flavored. Always my baseline test for a Q joint, I thought the Adam’s brisket was just lovely. Thin sliced, slightly smoky and not at all dry.

Pulled Pork – good flavor, perfectly smoked, and plenty moist. The pulled pork was particularly good with the carolina mustard sauce. But as good as it was, the pork was probably my least favorite. But that’s only because the other three were so damn good.

Which brings me to the burnt ends.

Burnt Ends – among the best I’ve ever had. They were perfectly smoked, slightly sweet, absolutely dripping with moisture, and held together in actual cohesive chunks of meat. So many times you order burnt ends and you get a pile of meat crumbs. But not here. This was actual solid ends that fall apart only when you bite into them. An amazing mouthful that doesn’t even really need sauce. It’s that good in it’s own juices.

Sides – Good cole slaw and very good pit beans. I suspect they use the same technique as Bogart’s to get the brisket drippings into the beans.

All of the meats were very high quality cuts. Nothing cheap about them.

Sincerely,

The Official BBQ Pro Shop St. Louis BBQ Minion

Address and Website:
Adam’s Smokehouse, 2819 Watson Road, Clifton Heights, 314.875.9892, adamssmokehouse.com
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Austin BBQ Roadtrip Day Two: Franklin Barbecue

Franklin's BBQ, on line for an early lunch. Aaron Franklin chats it up and drinks his morning espresso.

Franklin’s BBQ, on line for an early lunch. Aaron Franklin chats it up and drinks his morning espresso.

After stopping it at the Taco Xpress, for some breakfast taco’s and some food to keep us satisfied, we headed to Franklin Barbecue and arrived in line at 9:15 AM. Franklin’s claim to fame is that they open their doors at 11a and stay open until they are sold out, oh and also that they have the world’s finest Texas Brisket! So they usually run out of food around 2p as the sign says. Our timing was perfect, we were amongst the first 25 people in line and that got is in the door on the first shift. The line just grew and grew as we waited there, people joining people holding spots and the beverage lady coming through the line to serve drinks. The wait was half the fun, and a little tip, you can use their bathroom.

The first person from Franklin’s we met was a really Sweet young lady who came through to gauge our order as to how much, brisket, pork, ribs and sausage you would be interested in having. It is first come serve so she takes your order and then let’s you know whether there will be any left by the time you get inside. Not an issue for us, more of an issue for the folks closer to the end of the line.

We were lucky and got inside at 11a, waited another 20 minutes and was happy to see Aaron Franklin enjoying his morning espresso and watching over the first cuts of brisket hit the trays. We went with a pound of brisket, 1/4  LB of Turkey and pulled pork, two hot links and a pound of spare ribs and went to work. The surprise of the meal and not to be missed is the smoked turkey, we surmised that we may have been the first to order it and we got a fresh breast that was just amazing, nice blend of pepper, salt and smoke, with a delightful bark. Don’t miss it, we shared it with some line mates who made the mistake and they had the same reaction.

At Franklin's BBQ, the brisket is awesome, but their Turkey could change Thanksgiving dinner for the masses!

At Franklin’s BBQ, the brisket is awesome, but their Turkey could change Thanksgiving dinner for the masses!

The pulled pork was awesome as well, salty, smokey with a hint of pepper and moist. Moist seems to be the seem at Franklin’s, how they do it, I do not know but all our food was tender and didn’t dry out as we ate it. The sausage casing had such a snap and a great flavor. Now the spare ribs had a great bark and a peppery smokey flavor with tenderness that made it easy to separate meat from bone. No falling off, but pulling off was just a delight and an awesome flavor.

Last but not least was the brisket, we asked for fatty and the bark, oh the bark was just amazing. The brisket was not like anything we have tasted thus far in Texas. It was light, fluffy and literally had the consistency best compared to a good birthday cake. The crusty bark mixed with the light and tender meat that was airy and so moist. The bark has a pepper flavor which is the most predominant flavor and it was worth every second in line to taste this Pit Master’s handy work.

Finally, Franklin’s has sauce and the Espresso BBQ Sauce, which is evidently taken from Aaron’s love of a good espresso is the perfect companion to his brisket. Highly suggest taken a few bites on it’s own, but then give that BBQ sauce a try, the mix of the coffee and the black pepper is just not to be missed. Had an almost chocolate under tone and was a pleasant surprise.

Enjoy the photos from the Austin BBQ Roadtrip on BBQ Pro Shops Flickr Page

Hack’s BBQ Sauce Recipes


Hack's BBQ Sauce

Close-Up of Hack's BBQ sauce, rich and thick and delicious

Hack’s BBQ Sauce is a great BBQ Sauce for those who cannot tolerate the onions and peppers and delightful for those who just love BBQ. Hack’s is a thick and rich, tomato based, specialty sauce made by Stephen Dodd. Stephen created Hack’s BBQ Sauce in 1999 with the goal to eliminate onions and peppers from her diet for medical reasons. Hack’s BBQ Sauce has been enjoyed by family and friends for over 10 years and now we make it available to you!

We want to thank the folks over at Hack’s BBQ Sauce for allowing us to reprint their recipes. If you have dietary restrictions around onions and peppers, here are some incredible recipes for Meat Loaf, Pulled Pork and Sloppy Joes, minus the onions and peppers. Make sure that you remember to have Hack’s BBQ Sauce on hand to make all of these recipes as good as it can get!

 

Hack’s BBQ Margarets Meat Loaf

1 lb
1 – 1-1/2 c
1
1 Tbsp
1 tsp
1/4 – 1/2 tsp
1/4 – 1/2 tsp
1/3 – 1/2 c
ground beef or meat loaf mix
your favorite Italian seasoned bread crumbs
egg
Hack’s BBQ Sauce

ketchup

salt
black pepper
water

Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Shape into a loaf in a baking pan.
Bake at 350° for 70 minutes

 

Hack’s BBQ Easy Pulled Pork

2 lb
2 c
1/2 c
country style pork ribs
Hack’s BBQ Sauce

water

Rinse the ribs to remove any sawdust and place in a roasting pan. Add water to the pan, cover, and place in the oven at 250° for 4 hours. When done, the meat will easily pull away from the bones with a fork. Place the pulled pork in a bowl and add 1 cup of the BBQ sauce and mix well. Then add the remaining sauce to taste. Serve on a hamburger bun. Makes 6-8 sandwiches.

Hack’s BBQ Sloppy Joes

1 lb
1 c
1/2 c
1/3 c
ground beef
Hack’s BBQ Sauce

pickle relish
water

In a skillet, brown the ground beef and drain the fat. Add the BBQ sauce, relish and water. Mix well and simmer on low heat for 15 minutes. Serve on a hamburger bun with a slice of your favorite cheese.

Bear PAWS Meat Handles available at BBQ Pro Shop

Bear PAWS Mat Handlers & More

Shred Pork, Transfer From Grill to Table, Lift, Carve and Toss Salads!

For a long time since the Grill Friends Silicone Fork became harder and harder to find, we lost touch with a tool that helped make Pulled Pork less of a task and more of a joy. Then came the Bear Paws from Bear Paw Products, and life was now different. They are also great for handling meat of all shapes and sizes. You can toss a salad, hold items for slicing, lift huge turkeys or hams and so much more.

These are awesome!! I have been pulling pork for years using a variety of methods. It has always been time consuming and my least favorite part of bbq-ing. These bear paws make it absolutely effortless. Shredded two pork butts in minutes. I shredded five chicken breast for my buffalo chiken dip almost in a blink of an eye. They also help with pulling butts off the smoker. – via N.Protera @ Amazon

Here are some of the additional claims that the make over at Bear Paws:

Safely and securely keep your hands away when slicing/preparing!
Great for handling and cutting vegetables, watermelons- finally a SAFE solution!
Used by professionals, now available for all households!
Natural grip, stay cool handles
Super sharp, extra strong
Shreds meat and chicken for homemade barbeque, chimichangas!
Tosses salads, pastas, makes quick work for homemade coleslaw!
Slip-free grip transferring from oven or grill to your serving platter
Better handling control than long-handled forks or spatulas
Will not scratch coated surfaces
Dishwasher safe
Easy to use
Every household needs a pair!
Thousand’s of uses year-round!
Great gift idea!
Once they’re in your hands, you’ll wonder how you got by without them!