Sugarfire brings fine casual, chef-driven ‘cue to Cape Girardeau

All things smoked and meaty!

Sugarfire Smoke House, a St. Louis BBQ joint known for its ribs and brisket, will open its restaurant in the new shopping plaza on Siemers Drive in Cape Girardeau on Wednesday, September 19.

That means soon you’ll be able to sink your teeth into some juicy, award-winning BBQ.

According to a release from the company, the Smoke House will open for business at 11 a.m.

“Opening day cannot come soon enough,” says owner-operator and Sugarfire veteran Matt Martin. “We’ve really worked hard to ensure Sugarfire Cape will be a destination restaurant. Both the storefront and our team could not stack up any better and we can’t wait to share the Sugarfire experience with Cape Girardeau!”

Guests who arrive early on the 19th will be treated to complimentary samples.


Known for its succulent brisket, pulled pork and ribs, Sugarfire has consistently been ranked best barbecue in St. Louis by local and national publications alike.

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You’ll also find salmon, salads, and shakes and floats on the menu. As far as side dishes go, they’ve got hand-cut french fries, potato salad (it’s mayo based), baked beans, and cole slaw (also mayo based).

Even better: Sugarfire chefs are always coming up with something new. Ask about the daily specials.

Co-founder and chef Mike Johnson has been featured on a variety of national television shows, including Food Network’s BBQ, Brews & ‘Que (feat. Michael Symon), Destination America’s BBQ Pitmasters, and Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay!

This will mark the company’s eleventh franchise.

Johnson has had interest in expanding to Cape Girardeau for a while since the company partners with Ole Hickory Pits in the area.

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Ole Hickory Pits has supplied the smoker for every Sugarfire location.

Here you’ll be able to dine-in, carry-out, or have it delivered. And yes, they also offer catering.


Heartland Weekend has learned that the restaurant has teamed up with Oberle Meats out of Ste. Genevieve. Oberle Meats will produce an exclusive Sugarfire Jalapeno Cheddar Sausage!

Another cool thing about Sugar Fire: they also buy produce from local farmers when they can! We here at Heartland Weekend love to hear that businesses support our local farmers.

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Special to this Sugarfire location: shakes and beer bar.

Yes, you read that correctly. We’re talking handmade milkshakes like chocolate peanut butter bourbon, and a wide selection of brews.

A hostess will greet you at the door, where you’ll be sip on a cold drink while looking over the menu.

The Sugarfire in Cape Girardeau also features unique decor.

The steel on the wall is from a barge that traveled by Cape Girardeau along the Mississippi.

Outside, you’ll be able to lick your fingers around our custom truck, with firepit and outdoor television.


A word to the wise: the food is made-to-order. So they stay open only until they sell out. The normal closing hour is 9 p.m.

Owner Doug Lang says don’t let any sort of line scare you away from getting your BBQ fix.

He says, honestly, that’s part of the atmosphere and the food is worth any sort of wait.

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