Big Baby Q and Smokehouse Showcases Ben Welch’s Barbecue Brilliance

The River Front Times recently published a review on Big Baby Q and Smokehouse.

When I first met Ben Welch two years ago, he had some bold words about his barbecue skills: “I’ve heard Mike Emerson is my competition.”

I thought he was trying to be funny. Welch, after all, was a virtual unknown in the St. Louis barbecue scene, on my radar only because he’d been called in to revamp the menu at a downtown bar, the Precinct, that had been savaged by critics. Emerson, the pit master at Pappy’s Smokehouse, is the town’s undisputed king of ‘cue, with ribs so renowned they’ve been served alongside Michelin-starred cuisine. For Welch to compare himself to such barbecue greatness wasn’t just brazen — it was borderline comical.

Fast-forward two years, and Welch is finally getting his big break. No longer a chef-for-hire, the Johnson & Wales graduate opened his first venture, Big Baby Q and Smokehouse, in Maryland Heights in April.

Read the full review here

Written by Cheryl Baker | Photo by Mabel Suen

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