C&K Barbecue

Bar-b-q | Soul Food
Worth driving from anywhere!

C&K is a small former service station with no indoor seating (except for benches where customers wait for their take-out orders) and a single rickety table outside with two chairs. For well over thirty years, this modest shack has been a shining light of St. Louis barbecue, thanks in large part to Darryl Brantley’s exclamatory sauce – a masterful mix of spice, hot and sweet. Whatever meat you get, the sauce makes it glow; and the choice of meats is comprehensive: Of course there are ribs, rib tips, chopped pork, pork steaks, hot links, chicken, and white-meat turkey ribs, all served with soft white bread that makes a good sponge for the sauce and a scoop of extraordinary potato salad that is creamy, pickly, and soothing. These are messy meals, so even though each order is packed with napkins, we recommend getting extras.

In addition to the familiar smoke-cooked specialties, C&K offers rarer items such as snoots (pig snouts baked until crisp and bathed in sauce) and ears (yes, pig ears, cooked until butter-soft and served between two slices of white bread, with or without sauce or with mustard and onions). Ears are for connoisseurs only; we recommend first-time visitors start with a slab of ribs!

Humble as it is, C&K is a gracious establishment. Mr. Brantley and his family make outsiders feel welcome and at home.


What to Eat
C&K Barbecue, Turkey Ribs
Turkey Ribs
Turkey ribs are a relatively new addition to the C&K menu. They are moist and smoky, and in concert with Darryl Brantley's magnificent sauce, a memorable meal.
C&K Barbecue, Snoots
Snoots are baked crisp and have a mouth feel similar to cracklins, shattering into pure flavor.
C&K Barbecue, Rib Tips
Rib Tips
Rib tips aren't as swanky as whole ribs, but they provide great mouthfuls of succulent meat.
C&K Barbecue, Pig Ear Sandwich
Pig Ear Sandwich
Unspeakably soft and mild-flavored, the pig ear is nonetheless a somewhat daunting piece of food because it looks so much like what it is. A sandwich traditionally is dressed with onions and mustard. Barbecue sauce is an option.
C&K Barbecue, Potato Salad
Potato Salad
Potato salad is smooth and pickly, a real refresher while eating zesty barbecue.
Directions and Hours
open now
Sunday12pm - 7pm
Monday11am - 11pm
Tuesday11am - 11pm
Wednesday11am - 11pm
Thursday11am - 11pm
Friday11am - 11pm
Saturday11am - 11pm
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Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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