Springfield's Barbecue Bucket List

The Queen City is home to some of the best barbecue in the Ozarks
506f3fcc34c8dbf6e214bf493f6a2b435682dfc9 adam mcmullin 201931 m Written by Adam McMullin on May 16, 2018.

Springfield is well-known for it's iconic Springfield-style cashew chicken but it's also become known for being home to mouthwatering barbecue. There's no shortage of choices when looking for a good barbecue joint in the city, so we put together a Springfield barbecue bucket list that you might want to start right away!


Buckingham's in Springfield, Missouri.

Buckingham's is one of Springfield's oldest barbecue restaurants with a number of locations in the Ozarks. You've probably noticed the aroma of their delicious smoked meats coming from their south Campbell location any time you visit Bass Pro. They're also known for their pit beans and smoky mac and cheese.

Bubba's BBQ

Bubba's BBQ in Springfield, Missouri.

Bubba's BBQ is new on the scene in Springfield but you wouldn't know it. It tastes like they've been smokin' meats for decades. Try the fall-off-the-bone ribs along with one of their signature sauces.

City Butcher and Barbecue

City Butcher and Barbecue in Springfield, Missouri.

City Butcher took Springfield by storm when it opened on the south side of the city in 2014. Their Texas-style barbecue has legions of fans who can't get enough of their smoked sausages and brisket. They close when they sell out so get there early.

Crosstown Barbecue

Crosstown Barbecue in Springfield, Missouri.

Crosstown Barbecue opened its doors in February 1970 and has been serving up delicious smoked meats smothered in a secret recipe barbecue sauce ever since. Crosstown is simply a Springfield classic. It's no frills atmosphere, friendly service and rich history make it a must visit for any barbecue lover.

Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Dickie's Barbecue Pit in Springfield, Missouri.

Besides their delicious smoked meats, two amazing perks at Dickey's are their warm (temperature) barbecue sauces and free ice cream. Nothing ruins barbecue like slathering cold barbecue sauce on it and the folks at Dickey's know it. Try the spicy sauce if you really like it hot.

Lost Signal Brewing Company

Lost Signal Brewing Company in Springfield, Missouri.

Barbecue and craft beer make the perfect pairing at Lost Signal Brewing Company in downtown Springfield. Try their hand cut fries and roasted Mexican street corn.

Rib Crib

Rib Crib in Springfield, Missouri.

The name says it all. Rib Crib is famous for their ribs and deservedly so. Whether you're a fan of dry rub barbecue or the extra saucy kind, Rib Crib knows how to do barbecue.

Smokin' Bob's Barbeque

Smokin' Bob's Barbeque in Springfield, Missouri.

Smokin' Bob started selling his barbecue out of a food truck three years ago and now has a brick and mortar shop on west Sunshine street. It's hard to beat their brisket sandwich and tasty, homemade sauces.

Whole Hog Café

Whole Hog Café in Springfield, Missouri.

Whole Hog Café is proud of their championship barbecue and they should be. If you're a sauce fan, you'll particularly love Whole Hog. They have signature seven barbecue sauces to compliment their meats. Sauce #5 — the sweet, heavy molasses — is amazing on their ribs.

What's your favorite barbecue restaurant in Springfield?

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