While on our Missouri adventures, we stopped at another BBQ place for dinner. Due to the slight let down at lunch, I was determined to have some good BBQ on this trip. Professor Littau swore by the Buckingham Smokehouse BBQ, so I had high hopes I would get some better BBQ here.
I had pulled pork for lunch, and despite how much I love pulled pork I figured I should mix it up. Two names on the menu stuck out to me: sloppy buck and hot links. I had never heard of either so I figured that would be a good place to start. Hot links are apparently spicy smoked andouille sausage, and I love andouille sausage. The menu said that sloppy buck is burnt-ends from all the meats chopped, mixed together and simmered in BBQ sauce. Sounds disgusting, right? But with BBQ, sometimes the grosser it sounds the better it is. I decided on a two meat combo platter so I could get both. With the combo platter comes two sides and a roll, so I went with green beans (trying to make this meal a little healthy) and some horseradish cole slaw.
When my meal came out, there were so many options that I didn’t know where to begin. I started with the cole slaw, which was good but I’ve had better. I think there was too much mayonnaise for me because it had more liquid in it than I care for. After, I moved on to the green beans. There was nothing spectacular about the green beans themselves, but there were little chunks of meat on top. That added some great flavor to the beans. The roll was also good, but was just your average type of roll.
From there, I tried the meat. The hot links were quite tasty and fairly spicy. The real star of this dish was the sloppy buck. The meat had a great flavor, and it wasn’t a weird consistency like you may think. While eating it, I forgot how gross it sounded on the menu and I was just focused on how delicious it was – I told you, sometimes the grossest sounding BBQ foods are the best. I experimented with putting different sauces on the sloppy buck, and it was good on it’s own or with BBQ sauce. I really enjoyed both meats, but nothing can beat that sloppy buck.
I was so pleased to finally get some good BBQ. Professor Littau was right, and this smokehouse didn’t disappoint. The interior wasn’t anything special – it looked like your typical BBQ joint. The service was also pretty good but nothing to rave about. However, for how good this was, none of that matters. It was also relatively cheap. Needless to say, I would definitely frequent this place if I were from the area.
Buckingham Smokehouse BBQ
3804 Buttonwood Drive, Columbia, MO 65201
Sun-Thur 11:00 am – 9:00 pm; Fri-Sat 11:00 am – 10:00 pm