Mike Emerson

Pitmaster & Owner, Pappy's Smokehouse


Mike Emerson is a 7th generation Missourian, who grew up hunting and fishing. His love for BBQ started early, hanging around campfires, with older family members. After years of working for, and under some of St. Louis best restaurant families, Mike was introduced to a new world of slow-smoked BBQ by his longtime friend, hunting companion and business partner, Skip Steele. In 2008, Mike opened Pappy’s Smokehouse, in St. Louis. Over the years, Pappy’s has won numerous awards, including being voted Best BBQ in St. Louis, 5 years in a row. This is Mike’s 7th year participating in the Big Apple Block Party.

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