Missouri BBQ: Show-Me Riverboat BBQ & Steaks


By throwing a Missouri BBQ party you can transport your guests to a part of America famous for barbecued ribs AND great steaks. I can't think of a better combination for an unforgettable backyard BBQ.


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How To Use “Flavor Profiles”
To Create The Perfect Cookout Or Barbecue

Here at Superstar Cookout Menus, we believe the key to a fantastic cookout or barbecue is to have food choices that go well together and flavors that compliment each other. And what better way to ensure your cookout is a success than to use well-known, time-tested flavor profiles.

For our purposes, a “flavor profile” is the immediately identifiable combination of flavors that define a specific cuisine. It is how different regional ingredients are put together to create a unique and memorable dining experience.

For example, the idea of “Mexican food” conjures different food images and produces the anticipation of different flavors than if I say “Asian food” or “Cajun food”.

Ideally, creating the perfect cookout menu should be as simple as possible. To simplify the process, we create fictitious restaurants with flavor profiles famous the world over. As a result, each restaurant has a collection of recipes and food choices that makes creating the perfect cookout menu a snap.

Just put together a menu from the same flavor profile “restaurant”, and you are sure to have a memorable cookout or backyard BBQ that keeps your friends and family talking for weeks to come.

Missouri BBQ Flavor Profile:
Show-Me Riverboat BBQ & Steaks


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So, you want to throw a Missouri BBQ party? Simply head to the Show-Me Riverboat BBQ & Steaks flavor profile. There you will find a collection of recipes chosen to transport you to a state famous for barbecued pork and grilled steaks.

Flavor Profile: Classic American, St. Louis BBQ, Kansas City Steaks, Comfort Food

Inspiration: There are two great food cities along the Missouri River, St. Louis and Kansas City. St. Louis style spare ribs are even named for the city, so you know the BBQ has to be good. And even though Kansas City is also well known for its BBQ these days, it used to be called “Cowtown” due to the stockyards full of cattle.

Imagine cruising down the Missouri River on an old-time riverboat fit for Mark Twain and trying your luck at poker like a lyin’ and cheatin’ riverboat gambler. And don’t forget, enjoying some great St. Louis and Kansas City style BBQ and Steakhouse fare while you’re at it. And since Missouri is known as “the show-me state”, what better name than Show-Me Riverboat BBQ & Steaks.

My Take: A casual and rustic setting where people can enjoy K.C. style barbecue sauce slathered on pork and chicken as well as great steaks to honor the beef legacy of Kansas City.

Missouri BBQ Inspiration

Maybe you need some inspiration to get the creative juices flowing for your Missouri BBQ party.

Let’s find out why BBQ is so popular in St. Louis.



Ever wish you lived in Kansas City? You probably will after you see some of this great BBQ.



Check out these BBQ ribs from 3 BBQ joints in St. Louis.



OK, now that you are inspired, let’s talk about creating a crowd pleasing Missouri BBQ menu.

Missouri BBQ Food Choices

We all have our favorite cuts of meat, pork and chicken. And we believe everyone should be free to pick their favorites when throwing a backyard cookout for friends and family. Therefore, we provide cooking instructions for a wide variety of meats… perfect for the grill. (*Indoor cooking instructions also provided*)


Beef: Rib Eye Steak, N.Y. Strip Steak, Hanger Steak, Flat Iron Steak, Flank Steak & Skirt Steak Pork: Pork Tenderloin, Pork Chops & Pork Ribs (Baby Back Ribs and Spare Ribs) Chicken: Chicken Breast & Chicken Pieces (Chicken Thighs and Drumsticks)


When you take your favorite cuts of beef, pork and chicken and add the flavors associated with Missouri food… you are ready for one delicious Missouri BBQ experience.

Missouri BBQ Menu Example

Let's take a look at just ONE Missouri inspired menu you can put together using Lou M. Penn’s Recipes and the Show-Me Riverboat BBQ & Steaks flavor profile.


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The main event...

Grilled N.Y. Strip Steaks with Bacon Chive Butter

BBQ Baby Back Ribs with St. Louis Red & Spicy BBQ Sauce

Red Rub Grilled Chicken Breast
served with Caramelized BBQ Onions

And on the side, your choice of…

Oven Baked Potatoes with Toppings, Corn On The Cob and Missouri Baked Beans


Keep in mind, by using the recipes found in the Show-Me Riverboat BBQ & Steaks flavor profile, you can create this Missouri BBQ menu AND MANY MANY MORE.

Missouri BBQ Recipes

Included in the Show-Me Riverboat BBQ & Steaks flavor profile you get all the recipes you need to create the perfect Missouri BBQ party…

    • 6 Missouri inspired spice mix recipes
    • 5 Missouri inspired flavored butters
    • 3 Missouri inspired brine and marinade recipes
    • 2 Missouri inspired BBQ sauce recipes
    • 2 Missouri inspired condiment recipes
    • 10 Missouri inspired side dish recipes

Variety is the spice of life...

Varying the cuts of beef, pork and chicken and changing the combination of spice mixes, marinades, sauces and sides, you can create an endless amount of Missouri BBQ menus that will keep your guests anxiously awaiting their next backyard BBQ invitation.

Easiest Way To Plan A Missouri BBQ Party

Here at Superstar Cookout Menus, we believe planning and preparation go a long way to throwing a backyard cookout that is both delicious and seemingly effortless to prepare.

This is why we have developed a step-by-step plan that leaves nothing to chance. To clarify, go through this slideshow to see how to plan the perfect Missouri BBQ party.


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We give you everything you need to plan your party, plan your menu and finalize your cookout plan. As a result, your backyard cookout is both crowd-pleasing and comes off without a hitch.

Just follow the step-by-step plan for a Missouri BBQ:

      1. Choose the Show-Me Riverboat BBQ & Steaks flavor profile
      2. Print and fill in the Cookout Party Planner
      3. Go over Sample Menus to get inspired
      4. Check out the recipes & print and fill in Menu Planners
      5. Use the Blank Recipe Template to add any family favorites with the same flavor profile
      6. Print and fill in the Menu Brainstormer with all the recipes you’ll need
      7. Create your Recipe Binder to put the recipes at your fingertips
      8. Print and fill in the Grocery List
      9. Print and fill in the Cookout Schedule so you know what to do and when to do it
      10. ENJOY your cookout and impress your friends and family


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