The renowned chef’s brisket, ribs, pulled pork, turkey, and burnt ends are a Saturday favorite at the Missouri Beer Company in O’Fallon, Missouri.

What started as a hobby for St. Louis restaurant veteran Vito Racanelli during the pandemic has turned into a full-fledged business outside Missouri Beer Company (the former O’Fallon Beer Company) in O’Fallon, Missouri.

“I love beer, I love being around beer, and I love the guys at the Missouri Beer Company because we push each other to do what we do better,” he says. “So my wife and I started cooking out there once a week—Saturday barbecues, just like they do in Texas. We called it Big V’s Craft BBQ and never looked back.”

Today, the gospel of Big V’s continues to spread. “The smoker holds 500 pounds of meat,” Racanelli says. “Last week, I cooked 400.”

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