Sugarfire Smokehouse (USA)

Sugarfire Smoke House is an award-winning restaurant group, founded by Chef Mike Johnson, Carolyn Downs and Charlie Downs. Famous for its succulent brisket, pulled pork, ribs, signature sandwiches, and over the top daily specials, Sugarfire has consistently been ranked best barbecue in St. Louis by local and national publications alike.

Johnson has served as a celebrity pitmaster and competed in events stateside and beyond on behalf of Sugarfire, including Hogs for the Cause, the Perth Yak Ales BBQ Competition, Memphis in May, Australia’s Meatstock, The Kansas City Royal, Charleston Wine & Food Festival and the World Food Championship.

Furthermore, Johnson has been featured on a variety of national television shows, including Food Network’s Burgers, Brew & ‘Que (feat. Michael Symon), Destination America’s BBQ Pitmasters, Travel Channel’s Food Paradise, and Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay!, to name a few, and has been praised by a variety of celebrities including Snoop Dogg.

Today, Sugarfire has thirteen locations, including several locations across the state of Missouri (including a location within the National Blues Museum), as well as locations in O’Fallon and Edwardsville, IL, Indianapolis, IN, Westminster, CO and Union, KY. In 2019, Sugarfire announced plans for expansion with new locations slated to open in Wentzville, MO and Springfield, MO. For more information about Sugarfire Smoke House, please visit