A long held debate in the US is who has the best BBQ. Kansas City, Missouri is always at the top of the list and some of the world’s best BBQ joints can be found here. The style of restaurant that serves them ranges from the super casual road side stop to the more refined white-tablecloth restaurants. It’s all about personal choice, but the one thing you must do is bring a big appetite to enjoy these decadently smoky dishes from some of these top Kansas City BBQ restaurants.
Kansas City sets itself apart from the rest by the wide variety of meat that is used; ranging from the traditional pork and chicken to beef, turkey and sometimes even fish. They then set themselves apart even more by a slow smoking process with a variety of wood and the slathering of a thick tomato and molasses based sauce.
One of the best places to get traditional Kansas City BBQ is at Woodyard BBQ. It is a 3rd generation of pit masters that serves up their delicious fare that is smoked on a variety of wood from the more customary Oak and Hickory to the more avant garde Apple, Pear and Peach. If you enjoyed what you had, they can even set you up with the means to smoke your own meat at home.
Arthur Bryant’s first opened in the early 1920’s and they haven’t looked back. Often named the best BBQ in the country it is an essential BBQ stop for many. Today they have branched out with 3 separate locations that all serve up the mouth-watering legendary slow-smoked ribs with either their original or rich and spicy sauce.
If you want to add a little live Blues music with your BBQ, don’t miss B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ. This joint serves up live music every night of the week right alongside their raved about Pulled Porker Sandwich, and the less traditional named Bar-B-Que Sundae. Not to worry, there isn’t a hint of ice cream served in it, just a layered concoction of hickory-smoked pit beans, creamy coleslaw, and pulled pork, served in a mason jar with a pickle and topped with extra sauce.
Any and all of these choices will let you tantalize your tastebuds into what the Kansas City BBQ scene has long been bringing to the table. I’m sure at least one of them will end up on your top dining experiences. Don’t forget to ask for extra napkins, as BBQ is wonderfully messy, and get ready to go hog wild.
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