We finally got around to trying Roper's Ribs on our latest trip to St. Louis. We were going to go last year, but, when we got in the van, we discovered that someone had broken in and taken the ignition cylinder right out...it was on the floor of the van, and we weren't going anywhere! Roper's is famous and highly regarded in this part of the country, and we can see why. This is certainly one of the top 20 places we've been for BBQ. We tried both the St Louis style and baby back ribs and found them both to be perfectly smoked, tender and delicious. They weren't quite as succulent through and through as some in our top 5 or so but they weren't dry either. They come out sauced but the sauce doesn't overwhelm the flavors of these meaty porksickles. It's not very sweet, slightly tangy and subtly spiced. You can taste the rub through the sauce and can taste the pork and smoke through both clearly. We couldn't stop eating them. They also serve chicken, turkey leg, pulled pork, rib tips, snout, fried shrimp and burgers. The sides are potato salad, baked beans, slaw and fries. We had the baked beans and the slaw. The beans were pretty sweet but really nicely seasoned and baked and we both really liked them. The slaw was great. It tastes like it might have some pineapple juice and was really perfect with the ribs. We will definitely be back to try something else. The restaurant is very smokey, the seating is very limited and the wait for perfection is long. It's worth all this. The locals call ahead and get their barbecue to go.
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