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Sound Bites: What All Goes Into Making Sugarfire Smoke House's Award-Winning Barbecue?

Sugarfire Smoke House is the 2019 readers' choice winner of best restaurant and best barbecue.
Jonathan Gayman | Sauce Magazine
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Sugarfire Smoke House is the 2019 readers' choice winner of best restaurant and best barbecue.

Every year, Sauce Magazine puts its critiques of local bars and eateries to the side and lets readers decide which restaurants and chefs deserve the spotlight.

This year, Sugarfire Smoke House won three Readers’ Choice awards: Favorite Restaurant, Favorite Barbecue and Chef of the Year – which went to Matt Glickert, catering and events chef for Sugarfire 44 in Valley Park, Missouri.

(June 21, 2019) Matt Glickert is the catering and events chef for Sugarfire 44 in Valley Park, Missouri. He received the Sauce Magazine Chef of the Year Readers' Choice award.
Credit Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio
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Matt Glickert is the catering and events chef for Sugarfire 44 in Valley Park, Missouri. He received the Sauce Magazine Chef of the Year Readers' Choice award.

Sugarfire opened six years ago in Olivette and now has 13 franchises in five states. 

Glickert joined Friday’s St. Louis on the Air to talk with guest host Jim Kirchherr of the Nine Network about his award, Sugarfire’s success, statistics on the thousands of pounds of meat the restaurant goes through each month and more.

Sauce Magazine art director Meera Nagarajan also joined the conversation to talk about other notable winners from this year’s Readers’ Choice, and the magazine’s upcoming food tasting Saucy Soiree event at Union Station.

St. Louis on the Air” brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. The show is produced by Alex Heuer, Evie Hemphill and Lara Hamdan. The engineer is Aaron Doerr and production assistance is provided by Charlie McDonald.

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