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By Wade Livingston
Black Market BBQ might sit next to Northeast Missouri Firearms, but don’t let the name confuse you. This Moberly meat haunt sells ribs, not rifles.
And those ribs are why you should make the trip to Randolph County. Todd Lewis’s ribs are hickory-smoked and lightly glazed with a sweet, tangy sauce. He takes it slow, and the result is a tender rib with a touch of tug as you pull it off the bone—the way it should be.
Todd has been making his own barbecue sauce for over a decade. He and his wife used to sell it out of the trunk of their car, and the sauce got so popular that Todd learned others were passing it off as their own. So, he branded the condiment and opened the restaurant in 2010.
If ribs aren’t your thing, you’ll find pulled pork, chicken, brisket, burnt ends, and great sides on the menu; the mac-and- cheese might beat your mother’s.
There’s also a display of sweet treats by the register. And don’t forget the sauce; you can buy it there and maybe at your local grocery store.