Doc's Smokehouse (1017 Century Drive, Edwardsville, Illinois; 618-656-6060) just opened February 24, but Doc and Susan Richardson aren't new to barbecue. They've been cooking at home for more than twenty years and have been making the rounds on the competitive-barbecue circuit since 2007. They turned their awards into a catering business four years ago, all with the goal of opening a restaurant.
"We wanted to gain some credibility and thought some awards would speak to the public," Susan Richardson tells Gut Check. "And we proved to ourselves that we could do it."More »