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Doc and Susan started their journey on the Pro BBQ circuit. For several years they traveled the country competing and doing very well on the pro BBQ trail. Catering business started in 2009 and was a big hit with customers. Next step was a full service restaurant. They have been ranked one Best of the Best BBQ restaurants in America in 2017, 2018 and 2019 Over 300 awards in BBQ contests nationwide. Stop in, ask for Doc!
PRICE RANGE
$5 - $23
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
American, Barbecue, Grill
FEATURES
Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate Doc's Smokehouse cuisine while attending a recent family wedding reception. The food was delectable and the catering staff was gracious. A delicious and satisfying choice for a reception!

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You can pick them apart with a plastic fork. Had ribs and brisket, potato salad , mac and cheese. All was good. Recommend this place

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 14, 2022

Perhaps the pandemic has just ruined everything. This is not a sit down take order kind of place. There are no adult beverages. It's just ok BBQ. Service was slow. Girl taking the orders was cheerful. Was clean enough.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 12, 2022

No line when we arrived, but that quickly changed. The food was average. Our meals came fairly quickly, but the other couple finally had to ask where theirs was. Price was a little higher than we felt it should be. Had to ask for BBQ...sauce and jalapenos.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed May 7, 2022

I thought I would have a beer at the bar and order a to-go order. Nope, they do not serve alcohol. After placing my order, it was very fast, maybe 10 minutes. They packed utensils as well. The corn pudding was amazing. One dinner made...two meals.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 3, 2022

Very good food and attentive staff. Not inexpensive but nonetheless a good value for your money. In any unexpected location but new facility and very clean.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed April 29, 2022

Doc's Smokehouse is a very good barbeque place with outstanding food. An anomaly in a town full of noisy college bars passing themselves off as 'restaurants'. This is the place to go for a really good meal in Edwardsville, IL.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed February 25, 2022 via mobile

We were just traveling through and we wanted St. Louis ribs. We were staying in Troy and the reviews for Doc's were very good so it was our choice. It's about 10 minutes from Troy. We each had ribs. For sides we had mac n'...cheese and corn casserole. The meal also came with a roll. The ribs were quite good, falling off the bone and hearty. I added additional sauce, but my wife preferred them the way they came. The sides were OK, nothing special. We got there about 5:20 on a Friday night. If you can get there early I would suggest it. It was about three quarters full when we arrived and there may have been two tables open when we left, plus they were doing a brisk takeout business. This is not a fancy place. The building is in a strip mall and seemed fairly new. The food was served with plastic silverware, but it was served to us after we ordered at the counter and our waitress checked on us as we ate. I would go back. But I'd try different sides.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Doc R, Owner at Doc's Smokehouse, responded to this reviewResponded February 28, 2022

Thanks for the review! Glad you enjoyed the ribs! Next time you're in give the 2lb Pork Steak a try!

Reviewed October 22, 2021

Wow, this is some of the best BBQ we've eaten. The brisket was awesome...so tender and with the Memphis Red sauce it was killer! If you are in the area, stop in and try it. You won't be disappointed.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed September 12, 2021

Just moved back to Edwardsville and discovered doc's is only a few blocks away! Ordered the full slab w sides. My husband and i loved it and even have leftovers! Best ribs EVER! Only downside was the 30 minute wait on the phone.

Date of visit: September 2021
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Doc R, Owner at Doc's Smokehouse, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2021

Sorry about the wait! We are one of the busiest places in town. Our phones ring non stop! Hope you give us another shot!

Reviewed August 4, 2021 via mobile

Stopped here on a road trip. It was fantastic bbq!!! Most of us got the pulled pork. It was delicious. The fries were good. The Mac and cheese is incredible! My MIL got the burger and it looked tasty also. She said it was great....Definitely a must try if in the area.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Doc R, Owner at Doc's Smokehouse, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2021

Thank you so much!

Reviewed May 31, 2021

No regrets in making the nearly 60-mile round trip from suburban St. Louis to Doc's, to pick up a large order of BBQ & sides for our Memorial Day weekend. My wife & I ordered the Doc's Deluxe Deal plus a handful of other favorite...meats & sides, giving us enough to feed ourselves & three guests for separate meals while having plenty of leftovers to last us at least another three meals each. The ribs & brisket & sliced smoked chicken were all prepared to perfection, while the Angus burger & the pulled pork were a half-step down but still very tasty. All of our side orders pleased us & our guests, with my favorites being the potato salad & BBQ baked beans while my wife always saves room for the corn casserole. The smoky smell made my mouth water on my drive back home, and it's been watering regularly ever since then. We will return - and next time I'll remember to add their thick cut pork steak to the order. More mouth watering to follow.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Doc R, Owner at Doc's Smokehouse, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2021

Thank you!

Reviewed April 4, 2021 via mobile

If you're traveling on 55, this reaturaunt is just a few miles off your path. Situated in a new, up and coming area right across from SIUE you will find some tasty BBQ at a reasonable price. The restaurant was clean and adhering to Covid...safety protocols. We enjoyed the pulled chicken sandwich, the brisket sandwich and a burger with bacon called the "Piglet". They serve Fritz' s soda bottled in St. Louis so if you're looking for a treat, go for it. The food was hot and fresh. We appreciate the quick service as we needed to get back on the road. The restaurant has a patio where once the temperatures warm up you can dine outside. The serve alcohol if you feel like a drink. We think you will love Doc's Smokehouse as much as we did.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Doc R, Owner at Doc's Smokehouse, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2021

Thanks!!

Reviewed March 26, 2021 via mobile

Always good and very consistent. Favorite is docs signature, super moist brisket with provolone and cooked onions on a ciabatta roll and sweet potato fries. They also have there own sauces. Never been disappointed.

Date of visit: March 2021
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Doc R, Owner at Doc's Smokehouse, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2021

Thanks! Glad you enjoyed!

Reviewed October 19, 2020

This is a mixed review. Let me say first that the food at this place is always excellent........when they have food! I don’t understand your business practices!! Because your BBQ is so good, we haven’t given up on you yet, but we are getting frustrated....This week was the FOURTH time in the last several weeks that we have arrived between 5:30-6:30pm only to hear that you are out of your top 5 entree choices AGAIN!! Especially during COVID when I’m sure you need the extra business, why don’t you make more food?! I don’t understand the business practice of constantly running out of your most popular choices by 6pm. It’s frustrating for your loyal customers and eventually you will lose them. What time does a person have to arrive to chose from your whole menu? We are working at least until 5:30pm as most people probably are!More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Doc R, Owner at Doc's Smokehouse, responded to this reviewResponded December 28, 2020

Sorry about running out, usually not the case. But, like you mentioned, especially during Covid its harder than ever to judge what to make for the day. We only cook what we think we can sell the next day, meats cook overnight, and cant be...More

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CherriW_12
June 21, 2018|
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Sorry we don’t serve alcohol.
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ElizabethS3581
August 30, 2017|
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Hi! We don't take reservations, but if you call 30 min ahead we will try to save enough table space so your party can sit together. Thanks! Doc
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Sorry we will be closed on Thanksgiving day and Black Friday so our staff can travel home. Please come see us on Saturday !
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Yes, Doc's Smokehouse offers takeout services.

Doc's Smokehouse is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5