A new full-service barbecue restaurant from Baileys’ Restaurants opens Thursday, sharing space with Rooster South Grand. Knockout BBQ debuts on Oct. 10, featuring traditional American barbecue such as Carolina pulled pork and Texas brisket alongside globally inspired flavors and specials.
“St. Louis is still the best city in the world to keep growing,” said owners Dave and Kara Bailey in a recent press release. “What makes our particular BBQ concept stand out is world class flavor and amazing sauces.”
Knockout BBQ is the eighth restaurant under the Baileys’ umbrella, which includes event spaces Willow and Slate as well as Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar, Rooster, Small Batch, Baileys’ Range, Baileys’ Chocolate Bar and most recently, Pop. A second location of Knockout BBQ is also in the works for downtown, while another location of Baileys’ Range is in development for the Shaw neighborhood.
Each of the burgers is also paired with a local craft beer.
Knockout BBQ fills the 1,500-square-foot space that previously served as a rear dining area for Rooster. Kara developed the interior design, which features a warm color palette and mid-century design elements – an homage to the building’s original glass-box architecture circa the 1960s. The room is connected to a 2,200-square-foot enclosed patio.
Baileys’ director of operations and culinary development Andy White developed the menu utilizing the house Old Hickory pit, while Small Batch chef Jeremy Kirby contributed vegetarian options such as seitan skewers. According to Dave, White joined Baileys’ around nine months ago. He previously served as the executive chef of Harvest Restaurant and Schlafly.
The menu begins with shareables including warm, baked-to-order cornbread with Cheddar, chiles and hot honey butter as well as a Texas Twinkie, or a bacon-wrapped poblano filled with brisket cream cheese. Sandwich options include a take on a Philly cheesesteak with 12-hour smoked Texas-style brisket, sauteed peppers and onions, cheese sauce and pepperoncinis.
“We draw influences from all over, but we’re focused on St. Louis and what we hope our friends and neighbors will like,” Dave says.
Combos enable guests to personalize their own platters. Choose from pulled pork, pulled chicken, turkey and brisket. A half chicken and a one-pound, inch-thick bone-in shoulder cut pork steak are also available. Each plate comes with slaw, bread, pickles and two sides such as mac ’n’ cheese, pit beans or braised collards.
“The meats are dialed in and super delicious with really good rubs that don’t interfere with the meat and kind of coax more flavors out,” Dave says. “They stand alone without sauce but we worked really hard on the sauces as well.”
A half-dozen options are available to pair with any meal: Kansas City, Texas, Carolina, St. Louis, Alabama and Korean. The Alabama white sauce, for instance, is a go-to for poultry, while the traditional St. Louis barbecue sauce is a sweet, rich condiment that adds pep to pork steaks.
Additional offerings include baby-back ribs, a butter wedge salad and Brunswick stew. “Knockouts,” or limited-time-only specials, include smoked jackfruit over a sweet potato and hominy succotash. For dessert, choose from options such as gooey butter cake with seasonal fruit and your choice of sauce: chocolate bourbon pecan, raspberry rose or caramel toffee crunch.
From the drink menu, choose from 10 beers on tap, a small selection of wine and non-alcoholic options such as chai milk punch with spiced chai, milk, coconut and sweet potato syrup. Cocktails created by Baileys’ executive director of operations and bar guru Justin Austermann include a Midwest Marg with Milagro silver tequila, Fanta orange, lime and salt.
“We hope that this will be another awesome addition to the amazing culinary scene on South Grand,” Dave says.
Knockout BBQ will be open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11am to 4pm with dinner service from 4 to 10pm daily (9pm on Sundays) or until barbecue is sold out.
Knockout BBQ, 3150 S. Grand Blvd., Tower Grove South, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.772.3447, knockoutstl.com