Although I'm very happy with my Big Green Egg, I've been thinking about a cabinet style smoker for capacity. A few times I've been asked to cook for parties and the like and I just don't have the capacity that I need to be able to take on those jobs. So, I've kinda been thinking about my next cooker.
On Friday afternoon, I headed out to West St. Louis County to check out a local grill and fireplace shop that I've heard about. They're listed as a dealer for Backwoods, Cookshack, Traeger & Big Green Egg grills & smokers, just to name a few.
The shop isn't huge, but they have a decent amount of their space dedicated to BBQ gear, including everything from gas grill parts, grills & smokers, smoking woods, charcoal, rubs, and sauces (the rest is dedicated to fireplaces and the like). I found the staff to be pretty knowledgeable about the gear they sell and when I told them about Grill & Barrel, they quickly turned me onto the St. Louis BBQ Society and some local events that are planned for later this year.
I picked up a few things from the store and I plan to go back and get a first hand look at a Backwoods Party in a couple of weeks. So if you're in the St. Louis area, support your local dealer and give the guys at St. Louis Home Fires a shot the next time you're in need of some BBQ gear.
Here's their contact info:
St. Louis Home Fires
15053 Manchester Road
Ballwin, MO 63011
2 Miles West of Woodsmill / 141