Barbecue joints may be the final frontier for vegan foodies. Fortunately, from jackfruit pulled pork to tofu burnt ends, Missouri’s canonically carnivorous eateries are proving that vegan barbecue dishes can be just as finger-licking good as their meaty counterparts.
Peaceful Pig Vegan Barbecue
An all-vegan mobile food cart has taken Kansas City by storm. Peaceful Pig Vegan BBQ uses jackfruit and portabella mushroom to mimic meaty textures, resulting in a wide array of hearty barbecue dishes, including a highly convincing pulled “pork” sandwich made with applewood-smoked shredded jackfruit. The sandwich is best enjoyed topped with Peaceful Pig’s spicy tomato-based Kansas City-style sauce, alongside a side of baked beans and creamy vegan coleslaw.
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Since opening last October, Knockout BBQ has developed a following for its globally-inspired takes on traditional American barbecue. The restaurant, which shares a space with boisterous brunch spot Rooster, also offers one of the most vegan-inclusive menus in town thanks to contributions from Small Batch chef Jerremy Kirby. The smoked jackfruit is a popular limited-time special, featuring rubbed and smoked jackfruit over a hominy-sweet potato succotash. Pair the platter with the housemade barbecue seitan skewers served with a zesty Korean-inspired dipping sauce.
Knockout BBQ, 3150 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, Missouri, 314.300.2944, knockoutstl.com
Smokee Mo's St. Louis BBQ
Eco-friendly comfort food is the name of the game at the second location of Smokee Mo’s St. Louis BBQ, where all of the vegan dishes – sides included – are made to order in-house. The diverse and decisively creative selection of meat-free barbecue options includes a vegan Sriracha brat served on fresh pita with onion, pepper and a spicy-sweet chile sauce. Burgers, barbecue jackfruit nachos, a BLT and tofu burnt ends have also found their way onto the extensive vegan menu, along with stick-to-your ribs sides such as mac ‘n’ cashew cheese and red potato salad.
Smokee Mo's St. Louis BBQ, 110 Old Meramec Station Road, Manchester, Missouri, 636.220.1227, smokeemosstlouisbbq.com