St. Louis’ World-Class BBQ Festival at Kiener Plaza
St. Louis, MO/September 29, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) — Some of the best pitmasters in the country are packing up their grilling gear and heading to St. Louis for the third annual Q in the Lou St. Louis BBQ Festival. The event at the newly refurbished Kiener Plaza (Broadway and Market) will take place Friday, September 29 — Sunday, October 1. Eight of America’s best BBQ chefs and teams will make up this year’s Legends of the Pit. They’ll offer cooking demonstrations and serve up world championship-winning BBQ all weekend.
Among the Legends of the Pit at this year’s event are four-time Memphis in May Grand Champion John David Wheeler (Memphis BBQ Co. of Horn Lake, MS); the 2015 Memphis in May Grand Champions Brad Orrison and Brooke Lewis (The Shed BBQ and Blues Joint of Ocean Springs, MS); and with 129 top 10 finishes, Garry Roark, Leslie Roark Scott, Jacob Scott (The Ubon’s BBQ Dynasty of Yazoo City, MS). Some of the other big names in 2017 Legends of the Pit lineup include Scott Roberts (Salt Lick BBQ of Driftwood, TX), Big Moe Cason (Ponderosa BBQ of Des Moines), Carey Bringle (Peg Leg Porker of Nashville), and St. Louis’ own Skip Steele (Pappy’s Smokehouse and Bogart’s smokehouse) as well as
Mike Johnson and Christina Fitzgerald (Sugarfire Smokehouse).
The celebrity Legends of the Pit will teach five BBQ Masterclasses Saturday and Sunday. Each will cover a different topic. Saturday’s classes include porchetta, Texas brisket, and Southern style chicken. On Sunday, it’s pork shoulder and St. Louis style ribs—it’s a chance to learn to barbecue ribs from world-class St. Louis Q’ers Skip Steele, Mike Johnson, and Christina Fitzgerald. Masterclasses are $35 per person each and enrollment is online at the Q in the Lou website.
Q in the Lou is a celebration of great barbecue, and everything that goes with it. So, besides more than 18,000 lbs. of succulent smoked meat, there will be a BBQ innovations expo, great live music, wine tastings, artisan-made goods, cold beer, and frosty desserts. This year’s event is slated for Friday, September 29 from 4–8:00 p.m., Saturday, September 30 from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 1 from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The musical acts for this year’s festival are known locally and nationally. On Friday, LeLand’s Road and The Darrells will take the stage. Saturday’s lineup includes John Henry, Miss Jubilee, Diesel Island, Eric Lysaght, and Petty Cash Junction. Sunday will bring Wrath of Khan, Melissa Neels, The Johnny Henry Band, and The Pedestrians to the stage.
Q in the Lou will bring a weekend of barbecue and fun to downtown St. Louis, and best of all, festival admission is free. Barbecue, beer, and more will be available for purchase. A VIP pass is also available. On Saturday or Sunday, VIPs get four hours of all-you-can-eat access to the celebrity pitmasters Legends of the Pit BBQ, plus they can skip the lines for BBQ while enjoying complimentary beer and wine on Pit Row, and an open bar and private restrooms in an exclusive VIP lounge. VIP tickets for Saturday or Sunday are $75 each and are available online at QintheLou.com. There’s also a Friday Night VIP Preview from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for $35 in advance or $45 on the day of the event.
Since the festival is happening the same weekend as the Cardinal’s last homestand of the season, Q in the Lou is also hosting a Pre-Game BBQ Bash before the games Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $35 and include access to the pre-game express lane in Pit Row, BBQ from any Legend of the Pit vendor on Pit Row, plus drinks from any Pit Row vendor. Organizers say the tickets also include “good mojo for the best fans in baseball,” but they don’t include tickets to the games. The Pre-Game BBQ Bash is Saturday, September 30 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:15 p. M. and Sunday, October 1 from noon to 2:15 p.m.
Q in the Lou 2017 is bringing world-class barbecue and a weekend of fun to downtown St. Louis. Festival goers will enjoy great barbecue plus the playgrounds, fountains, and green space of the newly renovated Kiener Plaza. In just its third year, the festival has helped to cement St. Louis’ place as one of America’s barbecue capitals, and as a great festival city.