Let the smell of woodsmoke be your guide: Mr. BBQ’s Rib Shack opened in Smithton Thursday.
The shack is located at 106 N. Main St. behind the Schmitty’s Bar & Grill patio.
Owner Kiwan Guyton had his smoker going most of the day ahead of the Thursday afternoon opening.
The name should be familiar in the metro-east: Guyton’s been barbecuing for 26 years ever since he first started cooking in Belleville when he was 15. He also previously operated a barbecue shack in Cahokia and has catered and cooked at picnics all over the area.
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Guyton said he likes his location in Smithton because it’s not too far from anywhere and is easy to find. Hours of operation are 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 7 p.m. Sundays.
In addition to being a reputable pit master, Guyton is a 20-year veteran police officer currently serving on the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department.