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  • sfinell
    Former Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 3
    • Overland Park, Kansas

    Center of the BBQ Universe

    I can't believe NO one has listed any of the best BBQ places IN THE WORLD - right here in the KC metro. Okay, Jack Stack is the best for an "upscale" BBQ restaurant (Cheesy Corn); Joe's KC BBQ (formerly known as Oklahoma Joe's) is the best "gas station BBQ" in town; Woodyard in KC, KS is outstanding (though a bit salty sometimes); and, I would be remiss to not acknowledge the best of the best of the best as Arthur Bryant's. Now I know some of my opinions may be arguable however, as I didn't mention Johnny's BBQ (renowned). That's where we gather for (whole) family dinners (birthdays, special events). Johnny's is generally very good however, can tend to be somewhat inconsistent depending on demand. I suspect when they get busy they might rush a smoked brisket and, chicken tends to be pretty dry. While I love Johnny's, I do think they rely on their reputation and historical acclaim way too much. Fried Mac and Cheese bites - nuff said.

    I am blessed to have all of these restaurants within 10 minutes of my house. Although, it tends to make me lazy (work for hours or drive for a few minutes). Came here today to find some recipe ideas for tonight so, I better get going.

    Love me some BBQ! Meathead is my hero for having created this site and for the great many tips, techniques and recipes shared herein. Happy Holidays to all!
    Last edited by sfinell; December 13th, 2014, 10:09 AM. Reason: Corrected reference to Johnny's Fried Mac and Cheese bites and added Cheesy Corn for Jack Stack (Fiorella's Jack Stack BBQ)
  • Spinaker
    Moderator
    • Nov 2014
    • 10047
    • Land of Tonka
    • John "J R"
      Instagram: JRBowlsby
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    #2
    I'm moving there just for the BBQ

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    • Mr. Bones
      Mr. Bones commented
      Editing a comment
      That would be SO COOL!!!!

      We'd practically be neighbors!

      We would prolly draw th' Stankeye of the EPA, fer all th' smoke, but Damn, we could have us some cooks!!!!
  • _John_
    Former Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 2454

    #3
    I need to try the other places, but I hit Joe's for the ribs every time, which is a lot.

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    • RAmorris
      Charter Member
      • Dec 2014
      • 449
      • Winter Haven, Florida
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      #4

      Peebles Barbecue in Auburndale, Florida serves some of the best barbecue I've ever had. It was started in 1947 by Elle and Gladys Peebles. Today it is owned by their daughter and son-in-law, the Stricklands. There is no air conditioning. The restaurant is basically a large screened-in porch with a tin roof. It is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. from mid-September through June. The tables are picnic tables that seat more than 6, so you'll probably eat with people you don't know. The menu is pork ribs, chicken, beef, sausage, beans, potato salad, slaw, and white bread. The barbecue sauces are homemade. They do a very large take-out business. It is not uncommon for people to drive over 20 miles to get take-out. Back in the 1950s and 1960s, Peebles Barbecue was listed in Florida travel guides along with Cypress Gardens, Silver Springs, and Daytona Beach as a "must visit" place.

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      • Smokee1962
        Charter Member
        • Oct 2014
        • 8
        • Waycross

        #5
        You are fortunate,indeed.Good Q places are scarce in the rural SE.

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        • Neil Hitter
          Charter Member
          • Dec 2014
          • 2

          #6
          My one experience in KC led me to Smokin' Guns and I will tell you the ribs were outstanding...I had wished I did not get the burnt ends as well.

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          • Lynn_B
            Former Member
            • Apr 2015
            • 51
            • Knoxville, TN

            #7
            sfinell I completely agree. I work for Cerner but live in Birmingham (Hoover) area. OK joes is #1 place for Brunt Ends -- lord how mercy. The rest of their food great -- I didn't like the chili but everything else was awesome. Gates is my 2nd choice - honestly I like their ribs. I am not a fan of Arthur Bryant's - I didn't like but -- I'm from the side there's not "bad Q" just some that's better because it's all personal preference.

            I did try Smoking Guns - the Triple D - brisket was so tough I couldn't eat it. I told the waitress she said and I quote "want a box?" - my response "hell if I can't eat here I sure can't eat it at the hotel" I did like the beans but overall left disappointed.

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            • Cheef
              Club Member
              • Oct 2015
              • 452

              #8
              For me it is Joe's KC.
              Close second is K&M BBQ in Springhill, KS (About 30 miles south of KC.
              I have never been a fan of Arthur Bryant.
              OR Jack Stacks-wine list and BBQ just don't seem a good fit to me but it must be my redneck poking out because it is REALLY popular.

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              • _John_
                _John_ commented
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                Any places open up there on Sunday? I come up for the games, and since they are almost all noon this year I come and go the same day and it seems they are all closed.
            • Livermoron
              Charter Member
              • Aug 2014
              • 435
              • 22" Weber one touch w/roti and SnS
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                Lodge Sportsman

              #9
              I'm not living anywhere but California...but I'm willing to make BBQ pilgrimages!

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              • Cheef
                Club Member
                • Oct 2015
                • 452

                #10
                John KC Joes is always a winner. Don't be spooked by the long lines--they hustle you right on through. Seriously fast at taking orders and serving folks. IF you are coming up from the South on I-35 KC Joes is right off the interstate at 119th Street exit in Olathe.
                If you are coming from the South K&M in Springhill, KS is definitely my second choice and it looks like they are open on Sundays from 11 to 6.


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                • _John_
                  _John_ commented
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                  KC Joe's is my favorite so far but not open on Sunday!! I was so ready to eat after that last second loss, KC let me down twice that day...
              • CandySueQ
                KCBS President, and Moderator
                • Jul 2014
                • 1537
                • Pellet Fired Jambo, T1000 Woodmaster, FEC100, MAK 2 star, Yoder 640, Backwoods Pellet Chef, 14" & 22" WSM, 22" Weber Kettle, Stoven, Hot Box Grill, Hasty Bake Portable

                #11
                Q 39, hands down! Rob is a 2-time KCBS team of the year winner. He personally supervises the kitchen. I was very impressed.

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                • _John_
                  _John_ commented
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                  Awesome, thanks, looks like an easy stop for me.
              • Mr. Bones
                Birthday Hat Master
                • Sep 2016
                • 7877
                • Kansas Territory
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                  Weber 22.5 Bar-B-Q Kettle '69-'70 "Patent Pending" Red ($80) from fellow WKC member dwnthehatch 'Maureen'
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                  '60's Revere Ware (Mom's), + others found elsewhere
                  60's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (Mom's) Daily driver
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                  Smith's Tri-Hone Natural Arkansas Knife Sharpening System
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                  Dinner: Guests: Washington Forge, Town and Country
                  Fancy / Formal: Family silverware

                #12
                If yer already in KC, might as well make the trek down I35 to GMT!
                Fantastic ribs in a tiny town!
                How many been there already?
                I ain' t even heard them mentioned, 'til now
                Last edited by Mr. Bones; October 7th, 2016, 08:48 PM.

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                • Randy-Phx
                  Randy-Phx commented
                  Editing a comment
                  I grew up in Lawrence. Been to Guy & Mae's Tavern nany times. My favorite BBQ in the area. Love the ssuce and the tender ribs. Beans are very good too.
              • Abom
                Club Member
                • Sep 2016
                • 192
                • Verona, PA
                • (RJ) Kamado K7

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                #13
                Here in Wi. people think that "Famous Daves" is the height of BBQ restaurants. Gag...

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                • Mr. Bones
                  Birthday Hat Master
                  • Sep 2016
                  • 7877
                  • Kansas Territory
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                    Kingsford 24" grill (Free) 'Billy'
                    Brinkmann Smoke n Grill
                    Oklahoma Joe Highland, gaskets, LavaLock baffle / tuning plate. 'Big Joe'
                    Weber 18" Kettle ($30 CL) 'Lil' Feller'
                    Weber Smokey Joe ($25 CL) 'Lil' Brother'
                    Weber 22.5 Master Touch '93 P Code Blue($85) from fellow WKC member Bmitch 'Elwood'
                    Weber 22.5 Bar-B-Q Kettle '69-'70 "Patent Pending" Red ($80) from fellow WKC member dwnthehatch 'Maureen'
                    Weber 22.5 OTS DD Code Black ($40 CL) 'DeeDee'
                    Weber 22.5 OTS DO Code Black ($15 CL)
                    Weber 22.5 OTS E Code Black ($20 CL
                    Weber 22.5 OTS EE Code Black ($20 CL

                    Weber "C" Code 18.5" WSM '81 ($50 CL) 8-0!!!
                    Weber "H" Code 18.5" WSM '86 ($75 CL)
                    Weber " " Code 18.5" WSM

                    Weber 26.75, $199 NFM clearance !!!
                    Weber SJS AH 'Lil' Brother'
                    Weber SJS AT 'Lil' Sister'
                    Weber SJS DE Code (FREE) 'Lil' Helper'
                    Weber SJG M Code 'Lil Traveller'
                    Weber SJS AH Code 'Kermit'
                    (Lime Green)
                    Horizon 20" Classic, w/baffle/tuning plate (FREE)
                    Good One Open Range, (FREE), Monthly Prize from AR giveaway!!!!



                    Thermometers:
                    *********************************************
                    Ol' Skool Bi-metal probe pocket thermo, that has checked / served ~ 1,000,000 meals in my possession, easily...
                    Maverick ET-732, (Black)
                    Thermopops, (Red, Yellow, Green)
                    ThermaPen Mk4 (Black), THANKS!!! to jgjeske1
                    Blue ThermaPen Mk4
                    Orange Thermapen Mk4
                    Pink Thermapen Mk4
                    ThermoWorks IR-GUN-S
                    ThermoWorks Smoke
                    ThermoWorks Open Box Smoke
                    4 Pro Series cable extensions
                    Smoke Gateway

                    Accessories:
                    *********************************************
                    2 Slow 'N Sears, Slow 'N Sear XL, Grill 'N Griddle
                    BBQ Vortex, 2 Hovergrills, Top Deck
                    Warming shelf
                    MyWeigh KD-8000Kitchen Scale
                    Backyard Grill marinade injector
                    Acoustic Guitars/Electric Guitars/Basses/1928 National Duolian/Harmonicas/Banjo Washboard, Spoons, kazoos, pocket comb with wax paper, egg shakers ;-)
                    Bear Paws
                    Meat Rakes
                    BBQ Dragon/Chimley of Insanity, Dragon Wing Shelves (x2 ea.)



                    Cookware:
                    Probably a ton of cast iron, mostly very old...still cookin'
                    G'Ma's Piqua skillet, :-)( They went out of business in 1934~)
                    '60's Revere Ware (Mom's), + others found elsewhere
                    60's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (Mom's) Daily driver
                    50's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (G'Ma's), for a backup! ;-)
                    Carpy Wally World stock pots, in approx 2 gal/3gal sizes, blue speckledty-porcelain enameled
                    Tramontina 6.5 qt Dutch Oven

                    Cutlery, etc.:
                    Shi*-ton of kitchen/chef knives, most sharper than my straight-razors are. (Better steel!) Chicago Cutlery, Old Hickory, various, including some nice German stuff ;-)
                    Dexter 12" slicing knife, 6" Sani-Safe boning knife
                    Smith's Tri-Hone Natural Arkansas Knife Sharpening System
                    Multiple steels, from all over the planet
                    Crock sticks
                    Diamond stones, various
                    Lansky Sharpening System

                    Tableware
                    Daily driver:Washington Forge Mardi Gras, Navy / Cobalt Blue
                    Dinner: Guests: Washington Forge, Town and Country
                    Fancy / Formal: Family silverware

                  #14
                  Originally posted by Abom View Post
                  Here in Wi. people think that "Famous Daves" is the height of BBQ restaurants. Gag...
                  Understood...

                  In my experience, most people only think that they think... that's what makes this forum refreshing; it is an actual Think Tank!

                  Jus' sayin'.

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                  • GadjetGriller
                    Club Member
                    • Dec 2015
                    • 730
                    • Lubbock tx
                    • I have 3 outdoor devices (plus a couple indoor items) Starting with the PBC, Faux Kamado Kooker,(Akorn metal Kamado) & Oklahoma Joe offset grill and smoker. I use the FireBoard WiFi Thermometer. IQ110 (heat control device for akorn) recently acquired a Char-Broil Big Easy TRU-INFRARED 3-in-1 Roaster, Smoker and Grill, I also have A Anova & Joule Sous Vide Wands and The Steakager ( a unit for Dry aging big hunks of meat!)

                    #15
                    I would like to go to the Mecca of BBQ here in Texas, better known as Austin! But I keep running up against one problem. Those lines I'm not going to waste 4 or 5 hours of my little time off (meaning away from Lubbock) waiting for Lunch. Now Sure I wait 6+ hours for my own ribs (gotta let them rest after all) or 16 to 18 hours for my Brisket but that is somehow different I dont feel like I'm wasting my time?? Sure I would love to compare mine to Franklin's or Freedmen's! Franklins needs to ope a couple satellite locations so we can just walk in and order!!

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                    • Mark E.
                      Mark E. commented
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                      Waiting in line. Such a waste of time. I don't get why people do it frequently. A long wait is a show stopper for me. Only the DMV can compel me to give in to it.

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                  Professional Steakhouse Knife Set

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                  Our founder, Meathead, wanted the same steak knives used by steakhouses such as Peter Luger, Smith & Wollensky, Morton's, Kobe Club, Palm, and many others. So he located the manufacturer and had them stamp our name on some. They boast pointed, temper-ground, serrated, high-carbon stainless-steel, half-tang blades with excellent cutting edge ability. The beefy hardwood handle provides a comfortable grip secured by three hefty rivets. He has machine washed his more than 100 times. They have never rusted and they stay shiny without polishing. Please note that we do not make, sell, or distribute these knives, they just engrave them with our name.

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                  PK 360 grill

                  Is This Superb Charcoal Grill A Kamado Killer?

                  The PK-360, with 360 square inches of cooking space, this rust free, cast aluminum charcoal grill is durable and easy to use. Four-way venting means it's easy to set up for two zone cooking with more control than single vent Kamado grills. It is much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado. Beautifully designed and completely portable. Meathead says it is his preferrred grill.

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                  Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

                  fireboard bbq thermometer

                  With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.

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                  Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

                  Green Mountain Davey Crockett Grill

                  Green Mountain's portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it's also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

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