by Mabel Suen
You can't spell barbecue without "cue," but the lines haven't formed outside the door at Adam's Smokehouse (2819 Watson Road; 314-875-9890) -- yet. The slow-smoking barbecue joint in Clifton Heights opened in October and serves as a sister store to well-renowned, consistently packed restaurants Pappy's Smokehouse and Bogart's Smokehouse, so it seems like only matter a time before all of St. Louis stands in line to try a bite.
Co-owners Frank Vinciguerra and Mike Ireland spent several years working at Pappy's with barbecue master Skip Steele before embarking on their own venture. With the blessing of their barbecue brethren, the two put together a small but substantial menu of smoked meats and traditional sides done well.
A tribute to their late Pappy's coworker Adam Gaffney, Adam's Smokehouse takes the smoky St. Louis tradition into its own hands, turning out a few unique products of its own including house-smoked salami, burnt ends and tri-tip -- a bottom beef sirloin cut. Other options include tender slabs of ribs, pulled pork, turkey and whole or half chicken.
Meats are served as sandwiches or plates with bread and two sides. Alternatively, get them on a salad done up St. Louis style with some Provel cheese. Sides include pit beans, coleslaw, potato salad, applesauce and pasta salad, and a selection of three sauces grace each table along with the requisite paper towel roll -- sweet jane, cranberry cayenne and cane vinegar.
Adam's Smokehouse is small and offers the steamy windows and familial vibe one would expect based on its hospitality pedigree. During Gut Check's visit, at least three members of the staff sidled up to the table during our meal to say hello, sincerely expressing gratitude to each table of customers for stopping in as they slowly trickled out from a lunchtime rush.
Adam's Smokehouse is currently open from Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closing times vary depending on how quickly things sell out. For more information, head to the Adam's Smokehouse website or follow it via Facebook.
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