In November, Damien Tiregol, chef-owner of Crabby’s Seafood Bar & Grill in Joplin, Missouri, debuted his newest venture, Blackstone Gastropub.

The restaurant’s location previously housed a barbecue joint, and although Tiregol redesigned the space for a brighter, more modern feel, he kept the cast-iron smoker, drawing inspiration from it for his menu of upscale yet approachable dishes.

Try the wings, which are brined, smoked and then fried to perfection, with the sweet bourbon sauce or ranch-garlic Parmesan dry rub (two of our favorite choices). For something more substantial, dig into the bourbon-glazed pork belly served with peach-ginger jam and Brussels sprout slaw or the signature smoked burnt ends with Coca-Cola barbecue sauce and spicy pickles on the side.

The bar program features handcrafted cocktails as well as 16 beers and nitro brews on tap to wash down your meal.

Blackstone Gastropub, 1521 E. Broadway St., Joplin, Missouri, 417.553.0665, facebook.com/pages/category/Gastropub/Blackstone-Gastropub-103614464743358