This weekend the Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5) will play the Kansas City Chiefs (12-4) in a 2017 AFC divisional round playoff game on their way to Super Bowl LI. Steelers Nation will need to make sure they’re on top of their game as they enter Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday and the best way to prepare is to meat up, BBQ style. KC is known for their barbecue and it should come as no surprise to find out the area has over 100 BBQ restaurants.
I’ve found “Best of” lists tend to cause rage in jagoffs from coast-to-coast and in an attempt to keep internet outrage to a minimum I tapped BBQ fanatics of Yinz Love BBQ and Should I Drink That in KC for suggestions on where to eat. If you’re heading to Kansas City for the game here is our quick guide to make the most of your trip. Barbecue is serious business so don’t be shocked to find a line which is why your best option is our first suggestion.
KC Barbecue Tours
Let’s just get down to it. Yinzers love beer tours, ducky tours, pretty much any tour where someone else can drive while we kick back and not scream at our GPS for going the wrong way. KC Barbecue Tours is your answer to hit up as much BBQ as you can in one day. This will be a popular weekend and with one tour already sold out you better put down that rib bone and reserve your spot now on “The Original KC Barbecue Tour“.
“Join us on this 3 ½ -4 hour tour as we travel to 4 barbecue restaurants in the Kansas City area, where every guest will be served a portion of each restaurant’s best smoked meats and side dishes. Guests of this tour will also travel through some of Kansas City’s historic neighborhoods and get a behind the scenes look at how barbecue is prepped, smoked & served.”
Rob and Kelly’s dedication to making everything from scratch has paid off with several awards and a reputation for a quality meal and experience. Q39 is the cure for being hangry and the burnt end burger is a dish I need to add to my must-try list.
“The briskets are certified black Angus beef, aged 35 days to the time they’re served, the rib slabs are 3 and a half pound, St. Louis cut. The sausage is made in house to Rob’s perfected recipes, honed and written to the gram. Nothing is left to chance. ”
Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que
Good barbecue comes from the person working the fire, the meats they’ve selected and recipes they’ve created, not the surrounding four walls or signage out front. Heck, we make beer in a church in Pittsburgh! The BBQ team which started as Slaughterhouse Five turned a gas station into a barbecue destination and hasn’t slowed down in spreading the BBQ gospel. Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que keeps it small and real.
“I’m reminded of the importance of what we do here, and our role in Kansas City’s barbecue tradition, every morning when I arrive at the restaurant and smell that wonderful smoke coming out of our smokers. After all these years, it’s still magical.” – Jeff Stehney
I don’t make it a habit of adding toppings to a brisket sandwich beyond sauce but the now legendary Z-Man might be the exception.
Oh yeah, they’ve won a few awards also.
Jack Stack Barbecue
Yinzer translation: Jack Stack is the Primanti’s of KC. Tourists, myself included, like going because it’s a place you always hear about and have to try once and really it’s not bad. Locals either like it or are “BAAAAHHHH ONLY TOURISTS GO THERE!”. I’ve been here and will say that if this is your first trip to Kansas City you should stop. It’s a bit pricier than other places but this was my first taste of KC BBQ when I visited many years ago and really enjoyed myself. Remember the eye opening experience you had with your first craft beer? That was me with barbecue at Jack’s in early 2002.
Obviously there are many places we didn’t touch on and you can search the internet for lists until your fingers hurt. You have around 100 places to choose from so there’s a very good chance you won’t be disappointed. If you’re from the area and have suggestions please leave them in the comments below.
Enjoy your trip, don’t be a jagoff and get yourself some fine bovine and swine.