Sarah’s Grow Where You’re Planted post got me thinking about Kansas City Barbecue. It’s one of my favorite things about Missouri.
I lived in Kansas City for about seven years, and now we count ourselves lucky to live close enough – 1-1/2 hours away – to take advantage of the fabulous barbecue every now and then.
In alphabetical order, here are my favorites:
1. Jack Stack
If you’re looking for a slightly more upscale barbecue joint, you’ll want to visit Jack Stack’s Overland Park location. There’s lots of dark wood, dim lighting, and if I remember correctly, cloth napkins. Although now that I think about it, maybe I’m wrong about that. Because, cloth napkins and barbecue?
In addition to delicious, lean meat and mouth-watering sauce, Jack Stack has the best baked beans ever. Seriously, they’re my favorite.
2. Oklahoma Joe’s
Oklahoma Joe’s might be Kansas City’s most popular barbecue joint right now. It’s loud and rambunctious and it feels like everyone there is truly celebrating their love of barbecue.
The Z-Man is arguably their most popular sandwich. It features sliced smoked brisket, melted provolone, and onions rings stacked on a Kaiser roll.
3. Rosedale Barbecue
You’ll collect your order at the counter at Rosedale Barbecue, and it will come in a plastic mesh basket with a side of white bread.
This Kansas City institution is located on Southwest Boulevard, close to downtown, in an area that is known for its Mexican restaurants.
Everything is bare-bones at Rosedale, but the food is so good, no one cares.
Do you have a favorite barbecue joint, in Kansas City or otherwise? Tell us about it in the comments!
Shana Norris is a writer, reader, runner, coffee guzzler, and chocolate inhaler who dreams of becoming an Avett Brothers groupie. You can follow her on Twitter, Google +ShanaNorris, and Pinterest or on her blog at ShanaNorris.net.