From spicy to smoky to sweet, dig into 16 of our favorite pulled pork sandwiches in the St. Louis area.

It’s no secret that Missouri and Kansas are known for serving some of the country’s best ‘cue. Cities have their own specialties – burnt ends in Kansas City, pork steaks in St. Louis – but no matter your location, most barbecue joints have at least one menu item in common: pulled pork sandwiches. In this issue, which is dedicated to the best summer eats and drinks, we tracked down 55 of our favorites, ranging from a riff on a Cuban to Hawaiian-inspired to classics with just plain tender, smoky pulled pork piled high on a soft bun.

Nancy Stiles is a freelance writer based in St. Louis.