Missouri Hick Bar-B-Que has been a staple in Cuba, Missouri, for 17 years. Diners flock to the restaurant for its famous smoked meats – the brisket is a signature, says owner Dennis Meiser. What sets Missouri Hick apart from so many other barbecue joints, though, is its selection of almost 20 side dishes.

Try the best-selling cucumber and onion salad, one of Meiser’s mom’s recipes, or the popular cheesy hash browns. Missouri Hick bottles and sells its seven barbecue sauces, including Honey, Sweet and Smoky and Flaming Hot. Meiser is a woodworker and built the restaurant’s wood tables, chairs and cedar stairs himself; take in his fine craftsmanship on the second-story outdoor balcony with a local brew in hand.

Missouri Hick Bar-B-Que, 913 E. Washington St., Cuba, Missouri, 573.885.6791, missourihick.com

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Juliana Goodwin lives in Springfield, Mo., but loves to explore the Ozarks and write about it for Feast Magazine.

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