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Chasing BBQ: Kansas City Stops

Chasing BBQ: Kansas City Stops

Sauce is a big part of what defines KC-style barbecue and I had a lot of amazing versions of the tomato-and-molasses-based sweet sauce that this region is known for. I liked them so much, in fact, I created my own version to share with Savory Spice customers as part of our new line of BBQ sauces. Try our Midwestern Sweet for a taste of KC barbecue at home.

When it comes to meat, I found a little bit of everything in Kansas City, but burnt ends, or the chewy, tender, bark-crusted ends of brisket, are definitely a specialty here. The ones served at Slaps BBQ were a real stand out. KC is also great at dishing up creative sides. I found everything from potato casserole to apple slaw on menus here and based on what I tasted, I hope the 'cue joints in KC keep on experimenting.

Click on the names of each joint I stopped at to learn more about these great barbecue spots and the experiences I had visiting them.

The stellar ribs at Slaps with a slew of sides.

Slaps BBQ
553 Central Ave
Kansas City, KS 66101

(913) 213-3736
Owners: Joe & Mike Pearce

Highlights: Barky burnt ends, tender and flavor packed ribs, the 50/50 wings, the decadent potato casserole and the cheesy corn.

Joe’s Kansas City BBQ
3002 W 47th St
Kansas City, KS 66103

(913) 722-3366
Owners: Jeff and Joy Stehney
Must Haves: The signature brisket, provolone, and onion ring stacked Z-man sandwich and dang good ribs.

5800 Blue Pkwy
Kansas City, MO 64129

(816) 923-4484
Owner: LC Richardson

Gotta Try: Ribs and rib tips, beef burnt ends, and a side of fried green beans!

Barbecue runs in Danny Edwards' family. His dad ran a joint, and Danny opened his first place in 1980.

Danny Edwards BBQ
2900 Southwest Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64108

(816) 283-0880
Owner: Danny Edwards
‘Cue Picks: Tasty and perfect-texture ribs with smoky baked beans and the perfectly smoked corned beef sandwich.

Jack Stack BBQ
Martin City
13441 Holmes Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64145
Owners: The Fiorella family
Don’t Miss: The burnt ends, lamb ribs, and baked beans (next time, we are trying the smoked sausage too!).

Q39 - The final stop!
1000 W 39th St
Kansas City, MO 64111

(816) 255-3753
Owner and pitmaster: Robert Magee
Best Of: Glazed pork ribs, delectable pork belly, burnt ends – with all three flavor-packed sauces - and a side of apple slaw.

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