Why Kansas City is America’s best barbecue city

A confession: The first time I went to Arthur Bryant’s, I hated it. I skated across that greasehouse floor on a Sunday afternoon and ordered the burnt ends with slaw. I left shaking my head. Maybe it was good back in the ’70s, but now that’s some kind of tourist trap. I was wrong. Six… Continue reading Why Kansas City is America’s best barbecue city

The 10 best Kansas City BBQ spots — we ate at 50-plus spots to pick ’em

The best BBQ in KC/Photography by Jeremey Theron Kirby

We have released an updated version of this list: click here. We spent the last year eating ribs, brisket and cheesy corn at 50-plus barbecue pits from Weston to Ottawa. Here are the 10 best barbecue spots in Kansas City right now. How We Picked the Top 10 We hit the pits. We’ve eaten at… Continue reading The 10 best Kansas City BBQ spots — we ate at 50-plus spots to pick ’em

Here’s where to get the best cheesy corn in Kansas City

Nothing pairs better with smokey and zesty barbecue than a creamy and milky side dish. These cheesy corn favorites check all the boxes of what we’re looking for in the Kansas City-created side platter. Jack Stack Jack Stack invented cheesy corn, and on our recent tour, we found that it still reigns supreme. The combination… Continue reading Here’s where to get the best cheesy corn in Kansas City

These 5 KC barbecue restaurants have the best french fries

French fries are the perfect barbecue companions: they’re like salty palate cleansers between the hunks of meat on your plate. Here are our favorites. Joe’s KC Everything you want in a French fry: thin enough to be crispy (without edging into shoestring territory) and dusted with a finger-licking seasoning blend with everything from brown sugar… Continue reading These 5 KC barbecue restaurants have the best french fries

Bone-in rib sandwiches are a KC barbecue classic. Sadly, they’re disappearing

There was a time, not so long ago, when you could still find rib sandwiches on menus around Kansas City. Yes, real rib sandwiches — with ribs. One time, I told a doctor of my lunch plans at Bates City Bar-B-Que in Shawnee. “After a sandwich like that, your next stop will be the dentist!”… Continue reading Bone-in rib sandwiches are a KC barbecue classic. Sadly, they’re disappearing

A historical timeline of Kansas City barbecue

There’s a lot of history behind that piece of smokey brisket on your fork and the bottle of lip-smacking sauce in your fridge. Find out how Kansas City became the iconic barbecue destination that it is today. 1869 On July 3, the first bridge across the Missouri River brings a boom to Kansas City. Locals… Continue reading A historical timeline of Kansas City barbecue