Meet me in St. Louis (for great BBQ)

Yes, the home of the 1904 World's Fair, the great Arch and Chuck Berry also has great BBQ. So I started my tour a little earlier than expected as I had some business in town. Before I actually got to enjoy the local fare, I was wandering around The Loop downtown and found Chuck Berry Square (where lines of his songs are etched in stone in the pavement).

I view this as a SIGN. Not only is he one of my biggest influences but "My Baby Loves BBQ" is pure Chuck.

Then dinnertime rolled around and I visited Terry Black's Super Smokers out west of the city in Eureka. Big Bill Rosenbach was there managing the crowds (long line) and the orders. I had a third of slab of ribs and some pulled pork. When Bill came out to join me at the table, the first thing he asked was "How were the ribs?" His pride showed through all of his backstage tour he gave me. Since I am gathering shots for the upcoming video, I wanted to get some authentic smoker shots and they had a doozie - as big as a bread oven (remember, I'm from the Cassone Bakery family). But I will return today to get some real "smoker" shots and to meet the star, Terry. His BBQ team won the Memphis in May Championship for Whole Hog in 2000, among many others. I am learning quickly how big some of these festivals are and what influence they have with BBQ lovers.

Super Smokers' Eureka restaurant, off I-44, also part of the "Historic Route 66" tour (notice the 66 signs above the windows.) They get a big response from the folks who follow the Chicago-to-LA route. to Kansas City!




When it all started:

As the song says 

We soon found ourselves on a mission
Had to find out what we were missin’
Moving from town to town down the Eastern Seaboard
Looking for the best in the west was our just reward

So I decided to get in the car and go. August 2  I'll head to the first stop in Memphis, TN, (1,167 miles from NY)Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous. John Vergos said to come on down, they will "be honored". Of course, I have to also visit Leonard's Pit Barbecue and get a shot of "Mr Brown" in neon outside his place (and taste their ribs!). 

Then we'll head east to Decatur, Alabama and Big Bob Gibson's Bar-B-Q where the invitation was sent by Jeff Hess at the 6th Street restaurant. That should be August 8th for lunch, although I do want to stop in Muscle Shoals and see "the studio" where all those hits where made.

Then we're off to the Mountain High BBQ & Music Festival. Hope to get some great shots there. Then off to the greater Raleigh area and the highlight of the trip.

Charlie's BBQ & Grille in Clayton, NC. Why? Because  former State Trooper Charlie Carden was the first to respond to my request and was very responsive to having me down. Charlie is even closing the restaurant for busniess on Sunday, August 12, to have a "Customer Appreciation Day" to coincide with my visit. He'll have a stage, DJ and, oh yea, free BBQ!

I'm coming to eat, to film and even to play, if you'd like...well, at least my song. And I'd love to video a crowd in your place lip-syncing the chorus ("Bop - Bop - Bar- Be- Cue")

Watch my viral video, "Route 22", about our hometown road up here in NY which goes from NYC to Canada. That is the spirit in which the BBQ video will be made.

I especially need some footage of "that curling column of smoke" if your smoker has a nice visual plume, I'd like to film it.

BBQU's Steve Raichlen added the song to his blog and pointed me in the right direction with his bible, "BBQ USA"

You can email me through the Bandcamp link (click on the song) or on the contact page.



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