While no other Kansas City joints made the list of 20 barbecue spots, St. Louis has three restaurants in the mix: Bogart's (19), Roper's (18), and Pappy's Smokehouse (8), which led the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to ask if St. Louis was "America's Best Ribs city." Texas can claim bragging rights with six restaurants in the top 20.
The site used a survey of some heavyweight panelists - John T. Edge of the Southern Foodways Alliance represented the barbecue side, while the food writers and critics included The Washington Post's Tim Carman, the Los Angeles Times' Jonathan Gold, Esquire's John Mariani and GQ's Alan Richman. And in its blurb for Oklahoma Joe's, The Daily Meal didn't skimp on praise:
In a city renowned for its pork ribs, the ones at Oklahoma Joe's are simply the best, and were on more than one of our panelists' lists. Boasting a deeply burnished shade of red thanks to a rub heavy with paprika, cumin, brown sugar, and chili powder, these ribs also happen to be picture-postcard-perfect to look at, and you'll most likely find yourself snapping a photo of them before you even take that first bite. And once you do, you'll learn what the fuss has been about. Moist, juicy, smoky, tender - all those adjectives you thought you knew the definition of will only conjure one image in your mind from here on out: Oklahoma Joe's pork ribs. They're the best you'll ever have.
What do you think? Does Oklahoma Joe's have the best ribs in the country? Or perhaps, more important, the best ribs in the city?