Advertisement

Previous   Next

What is your favorite barbecue joint?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on June 24, 2010

Browse the archives

Photo of Greg Scott

“My kitchen.”

Photo of Kim Moore

“My dad’s house.”

Photo of Nick Fertig

“The Montgomery Inn located in Cincinnati, Ohio The ribs, the sauce, it’s some of the best sauce I’ve ever had, but the ribs are killer.”

Photo of Kaitlin Beals

“It’s in Memphis, Tennessee, and it’s called The Original Corky’s … it’s this little hole in the wall, same guy is there every day, great sauces. … They just do a great job with their meat.”

Comments

redmorgan 3 years, 9 months ago

Bubbalou's Bodacious BBQ in Orlando, Fl. It is the best I've ever had. I have yet to find a bbq joint here in Kansas with good side items. Any decent bbq place should have fried okra, collard greens and black eyed peas as sides, but I can never find them here. Also, the bbq sauce here is always too sweet. I prefer it more spicy than sweet.

0

rockchalk1977 3 years, 9 months ago

Oklahoma Joe's in Olathe for burnt ends, Zarda in Lenexa for ribs, Gates in Leawood for ham on bun w/extra hot!

0

purplesage 3 years, 9 months ago

Smokehouse on N. Oak Trafficway in KC. Burnt ends platter. The beans are great, too.

0

Jimbecile 3 years, 9 months ago

I used to work in KC. I sold my home in Lawrence and moved to Oregon two years ago. Reading about all this BBQ brings tears to my eyes. Thanks everybody!

0

sassykansan 3 years, 9 months ago

Guy and Mae's Tavern...definitely worth the drive to Williamsburg. I heard that Doc Severenson had their ribs flown in to celebrate Johnny Carson's birthday back in the day.

0

banksie 3 years, 9 months ago

Oklahoma Joe's, Arthur Bryant's, and Smokehouse

0

trinity 3 years, 9 months ago

oops i nearly forgot to mention another great bbq place-entertaining, too, you can watch planes land&take off (small ones)..."we b smokin'" out at the miami county airport puts some pretty darn good food on the table; and their sunday breakfast til 1 p.m.-oh my. ham steak off that big ol' smoker-wow. just wow. well worth the drive!

0

jaywalker 3 years, 9 months ago

There's a place in downtown Ft. Worth, can't remember the name, absolutely no frills, cafeteria style check out, ....AMBROSIA!!! They've got an apple, sweetened sauce that'll make your knees go weak, best brisket I've ever had. Mouth's watering just thinking about it.

0

erck85 3 years, 9 months ago

No love for Grand-daddy's? Come on, even if you're a food snob you gotta love locally owned, always friendly and meat that can stand on it's own without the sauce.

0

Randall Barnes 3 years, 9 months ago

another good place is famous daves at the legends

0

The_Original_Bob 3 years, 9 months ago

"None of that nasty KC sugar sauce"

You're not from around here, are you?

0

The_Original_Bob 3 years, 9 months ago

"I need to try Jack Stack's, but my bbq buddies don't like it. I dunno why." Mac

Jack Stack's is very good, but the hardcore bbq folks mock it because it is set up as a sit down actual sort upscale restaurant. Think the old Hereford House that went under. Prices are a bit higher and there are waiters. The Crown Prime Rib is very good. But the Crown Prime Rib isn't really a KC traditional cut for bbq. I'd suggest trying it out, but you'll get shouted down at the KC BBQ society's monthly meeting for eating there.

My new favorite is Papa Bob's east of Bonner off K-32. The atmosphere is that of a cheap cafe in western Kansas. It is awesome. Also, try the horseradish pickles. So good.

0

Liberty275 3 years, 9 months ago

Sonny's. Barbecue done right with vinegar-based sauce, None of that nasty KC sugar sauce

0

LadyJ 3 years, 9 months ago

Sigh...Can't post on the best place to go since there is always so much BBQ in the fridge it would be silly to go buy it somewhere. Got up early to hit the 2 day sale on ribs at Hy-Vee for $ .99 lb. Should have enough to last the summer. There was cartloads of frozen ribs going out the door by 7 am.

0

TrooGrit 3 years, 9 months ago

I like gin and tonics at 2pm.

Other than that, i Like jack Stacks at 2pm. Grover's at 4pm. Stroud's at 8pm.

I like the others at after 11's. :)

0

MacHeath 3 years, 9 months ago

There is nothing really good about Buffalo Bob's. Not got much good to say about Buffalo Bob either. Biggs ribs taste like ham, but I will eat em, if I must. :-) I need to try Jack Stack's, but my bbq buddies don't like it. I dunno why. The Woodyard is worth trying. I heard the food critics on Walt Bodine, mention it a few times. This is off the subject, but if you like fried chicken, you must go to Stroud's.

0

TrooGrit 3 years, 9 months ago

Yeah! large portions of food. Finally. Buffalo Bob's get's it's due, but not for good taste, merely for large quantities of fries! (It's something, I guess). I was just kidding, Buffalo Bob's is the last place I'd eat Barbeque, for the express reason of eating barbeque. I mean, they're 'ok' but barbeque is very special, and it takes a lot to make me say 'yeah'

0

Jeff Cuttell 3 years, 9 months ago

Bigg's and Buffalo Bob's are real good. Large portions.

0

TrooGrit 3 years, 9 months ago

Still no one votes for Buffalo Bob's? (LoL)

0

scopi_guy 3 years, 9 months ago

I like Biggs. I've tried to go to Biemers a few times but they've always been closed up pretty early when I've tried (good sign if they've run out of BBQ for the day I guess). I wish that place was still Sandy's, though.

My vote for worst is The Smokehouse downtown.

0

FredGarvin_MP 3 years, 9 months ago

Leroy's in Pamona, hands down, best pork ribs!!

0

BigPrune 3 years, 9 months ago

Oklahoma Joes in OP. I have never gotten sick at that place.

0

Bob Kraxner 3 years, 9 months ago

What kind of idiot dips a joint in barbecue sauce? Somebodys got some good $hit!

0

Pywacket 3 years, 9 months ago

My brother's place. That man can cook.

Around here? Gates or Rosedale for me. I'm partial to brisket or burnt ends. Not so much of a ribs girl. I love Gates sauce--always buy several Original Classic and some Hot and Spicy to take to folks back home when I go there, as they can't get it in the stores up north. I've gotten them hooked on it.

Biemer's has fried pickles? I am so there! Actually, I've been meaning to get over there, so that's another incentive.

0

lionbacker 3 years, 9 months ago

GUY AND MAE'S BEEN EATING THERE FOR 35 YEARS. ALWAYS THE BEST

0

LJ Whirled 3 years, 9 months ago

Bryant's on Brooklyn -- brisket sandwich, big-as-your-head, crispy-greasy fries. The sausage provides a new age "cleanse" for just a few bucks.

0

Amanda Woodward Davis 3 years, 9 months ago

For great BBQ in Lawrence, try Biemers. They have awesome brisket. Not a huge fan of the ribs, but their other meats are incredible and theyr fried pickles are to die for!

0

pace 3 years, 9 months ago

For ribs, Grandpappy's at 18th. and haskell, Worth the price. for pulled pork sandwich, Beamers on 8th. great and a bargain. For ribs, beans, slaw and service, alas, the old Michigan St. BBQ

0

Randall Barnes 3 years, 9 months ago

randall's bbq and mexican.the slaw is awesome and the habanero/honey beans need i say more.

0

RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 9 months ago

autie, Neither "Guns and Ammo" nor "The New American" has a food column.

0

number3of5 3 years, 9 months ago

Any body in the know will tell you that the best food always comes from Kay's Kitchen.

0

zikzak 3 years, 9 months ago

Grand Daddy's for our family!

0

kristyj 3 years, 9 months ago

for anyone willing to venture into Jefferson Co, I'd recommend the pulled pork sandwich at Chunky Dunkers in Oskaloosa

0

autie 3 years, 9 months ago

Oh, by the way, it is not barbeque...but for all you sugar frosted flake fans. I saw where Tony the Tiger died in San Francisco. I guess he will no longer be GGGGGrrrrreat.

0

TrooGrit 3 years, 9 months ago

Still no one voting for Buffalo Bobs? :) LOLOL

0

autie 3 years, 9 months ago

And then he did six rails of coke and drank a liter of JW blue..........

I haven't laughed that hard all week....ouch.

And what the hell is R_I doing reading the Atlantic? That magazine is for pinko commies liberal elitist......It is certainly not "bunker monthly".

0

RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 9 months ago

What is wrong with Lawrence?? Patchouli...

0

ChiHawkInKS 3 years, 9 months ago

What is wrong with Lawrence?? No good BBQ to speak of. Arthur Bryant's should make a location here, it would kill.

0

The_Original_Bob 3 years, 9 months ago

I like Jack Stack's as well, but I exclude it from best bbq lists because I feel like I need to look halfway respectable when I dine there.

0

BABBOY 3 years, 9 months ago

I hate Texas style. Bunch of blow hards yacking about getting their rub on right....

Never had Meemphis style and would like to try it.

As for KC, in order, I like:

Oklahoma Joe's (Best all around) Gates (best sauce) Jack Stack (love that Royal Crown Rib) Authur Bryants (Burnt Ends only)

0

Thinking_Out_Loud 3 years, 9 months ago

Clikker's response was my first thought: the ribs at Guy & Mae's in Williamsburg. Vertigo is right, too, that Wyandotte BBQ (on State Ave. more than the one on 75th Str in OP) is delectable. I'm pretty fond, though, of Jack Stack, and am partial to the location in Martin City.

0

irvan moore 3 years, 9 months ago

All American here years ago was great, Best bar b que ever was when John Galloway was doing up ribs in that hole in the wall on east 21st in Topeka. On the right day you can still find some dang good ribs cooking down on the corner of 12th and New York.

0

The_Original_Bob 3 years, 9 months ago

"Apparently Anthony Bourdain declared it one of "13 Places to Eat Before You Die." "

And then he did six rails of coke and drank a liter of JW blue.

0

RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 9 months ago

Article in the Atlantic about Oklahoma Joe's. http://www.theatlantic.com/food/archive/2010/06/the-new-kids-on-the-barbecue-circuit/58586/

Apparently Anthony Bourdain declared it one of "13 Places to Eat Before You Die."

0

TrooGrit 3 years, 9 months ago

I notice no one has voted for Buffalo Bob's :)

0

mom_of_three 3 years, 9 months ago

Yeah, there really isn't anything really good around here. A couple of years ago, at some fall festival thing, we ate some really good ribs. I think they only catered, and I can't remember the name.
We have tried the rib place in Baldwin a few times. Oklahoma Joes isn't bad.

Best ribs I can remember - the Pig on Beale in Memphis..... to die for....

0

jhawks1234 3 years, 9 months ago

Haywards in KC has amazing sauce.

0

ivalueamerica 3 years, 9 months ago

I know it went downhill fast the last couple of years it was open, but there was a time I would move heaven and earth to eat at Vermont on Mass.

I also remember Miss Shorters Ribs she cooked in her front year from time to time off 12th street, till the city decided we had too much of a good thing.

0

salad 3 years, 9 months ago

Aurthur Bryants, no contest. Gates can't touch AB.

0

BruceWayne 3 years, 9 months ago

a greasy pork sandwich served in a dirty ashtray

0

gphawk89 3 years, 9 months ago

Another vote for Oklahoma Joe's in KC.

0

Andini 3 years, 9 months ago

I love it when my beef is pulled just right.

0

autie 3 years, 9 months ago

Texas barbeque? I'm not hip on foreign foods like that.

0

MacHeath 3 years, 9 months ago

Oh, I don't care much for what is called "Texas bbq" I really don't like chopped meat soaked in sauce. I will occasionally have a pork sandwich with a vinegar based sauce, but its not my fav.

0

puddleglum 3 years, 9 months ago

the original aurthur bryant's is tough to beat.

if you can't handle the location, you can always go to the nice clean legends location-just be careful not to spill that bbq sauce on your skirt.

0

MacHeath 3 years, 9 months ago

My view on bbq is "love the one your with." I like most of them, but... I have been to the Montgomery Inn in Cincinnati, and the ribs are excellent. There was one for a time, in Indy, but my buddy that lived there said it wasn't worth going too, and he had been to both. I have eaten a slab or two and Guy and Mae's in Williamsburg, and it is good. My old standbys in KC are Bryant's, and Gates. I like them both equally. I usually have a beef sandwich, fries and a bean. :-) the ribs in both places are good, but not stellar. Actually an buddy and me split a slab, sandwich, fries and a bean...yeah, I know :-) Oklahoma Joe's has the best ribs I have ever had. I have tried the "woodyard" somewhere near Lamar drive, and it is good, if you have never tried it. Sometimes I like a sweet sauce with ribs, and a sauce like Gates with brisket. Dang, now I am hungry for bbq. Biemers there by the merc is the best in this town. And its not bad!

0

The_Original_Bob 3 years, 9 months ago

"Pork butt? Be real. Everyone knows the because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth not the cud, the swine comes from the Abaddon and is; the Antichrist, , Azazel, author of all sin, Beelzebub, Ebru Labadon, enemy of righteousness, Hiisi , Iblis, Lucifer, Mammon, Mastema, Mephistopheles, Shaitan. Unless it undergoes transubstantiation through the process of curing."

Heathen.

0

RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 9 months ago

T_O_B, Pork butt? Be real. Everyone knows the because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth not the cud, the swine comes from the Abaddon and is; the Antichrist, , Azazel, author of all sin, Beelzebub, Ebru Labadon, enemy of righteousness, Hiisi , Iblis, Lucifer, Mammon, Mastema, Mephistopheles, Shaitan. Unless it undergoes transubstantiation through the process of curing. Pork butt is demonic , but bacon is divine.

0

Roland Gunslinger 3 years, 9 months ago

I enjoy Wyandotte BBQ from time to time. Grungy place but the food is good. Love those crispy fries.

0

trinity 3 years, 9 months ago

Leroy's in pomona is good-i hear he used to cook at G&M's

0

The_Original_Bob 3 years, 9 months ago

"They use a vinegar-based sauce. " Snap

Heathen.

0

autie 3 years, 9 months ago

Is there any protocol as far as ambient air temperature goes before one can have a gin and tonic with their barbeque? It's not just a cold beer affair always. The wife likes cinammon schapps as a pre rib apertif.

0

Flap Doodle 3 years, 9 months ago

In the last century, I ate some darned good pig at Fresh Air BBQ in Georgia. They use a vinegar-based sauce.

0

autie 3 years, 9 months ago

I'm wondering Mr. Brownback knows any good joints in outer space.

0

OldEnuf2BYurDad 3 years, 9 months ago

The best 'que joints will scare you. If you feel safe, it may not be that good.

0

prospector 3 years, 9 months ago

Bob

He use to work there. It appears he was questioned on his way there in front of Liberty Hall.

0

CWGOKU 3 years, 9 months ago

Smokehouse Barbecue or Rosedale's. Smokehouse has the best beans.

Mcrib.........funny Jack

0

The_Original_Bob 3 years, 9 months ago

"Barbecue was invented as a way to cook spoiled and tough meat, to make it more palatable in the days before refrigeration. "

Well, kind sir, how else would you like your pork butt cooked? Boiled? I'm on to you.

0

RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 9 months ago

autie, As long as they still twitch in the pan...

0

The_Original_Bob 3 years, 9 months ago

Prospector -

Hey, doesn't that dude on top (Greg Scott) work at Free State?

0

countrygirl 3 years, 9 months ago

We love BBQ but tend to like our own cooking the best. Boss Hawg's in Topeka is pretty good though.

0

Flap Doodle 3 years, 9 months ago

Autie, I lived in Nevada, MO for 4 years back in the 80s/90s. Go back there visiting every once in a while. I'll try to remember to look for the place in Elsmore next time.

0

autie 3 years, 9 months ago

R_I, maybe you should try the frog legs. Tasty.

0

RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 9 months ago

Never touch the hog swill myself. It is an evolutionary backwards method of food preparation loaded with benzopyrene and other carcinogenic heterocyclic compounds. Barbecue was invented as a way to cook spoiled and tough meat, to make it more palatable in the days before refrigeration.
Eww.

0

JackFrost 3 years, 9 months ago

Probably McDonald's. I love their McRib. Best barbecue ever.

0

JackFrost 3 years, 9 months ago

I never barbecue my joints. I smoke a lot of them though.

0

The_Original_Bob 3 years, 9 months ago

Looks like Al Gore got a little rapey.

0

autie 3 years, 9 months ago

snap...you been around that area? There be a spot in the road in Elsmore, west of Ft. Scott....had a pretty good place. It was the combination gas station/conveience store/beer joint/resturant/bait shop/............Hansen's? we used to go there for frog legs. But that was in a previous century.

0

Flap Doodle 3 years, 9 months ago

There used to be a little joint in Fort Scott right next to the railroad tracks that did some darned good ribs.Unfortunately, they closed a decade & some ago. :(

0

feetup 3 years, 9 months ago

Daniels in tongy is good. they put one in eudora, but the restaurant got blindsided when the city tore up the main drag and closed them! Rosedale in KCK, Quick's in kck.....but nothing in lawrence even comes close to what my taste buds want in bbq.... oh, and I've been to corkys in memphis. Memphis wet or Memphis dry bbq, either way is awesome.

0

Norma Jeane Baker 3 years, 9 months ago

Oklahoma Joe's in KC ~ not the one in Olathe/OP ~ is mighty tasty. Like davidsmom said, it's about how well the meat is smoked.

I also agree with AreUNorml that Arthur Bryant's is good, but not phenomenal. I have no problem with its location, parking, walking, waiting, etc.. I mean, I'm not driving a Ferrari, right Chris?

0

The_Original_Bob 3 years, 9 months ago

Papa Bob's outside of Bonner. Good stuff.

Authur Bryant's is awesome as well.

Oklahoma Joe's gas station is excellent.

Rosedale is a can't miss spot.

I enjoy me some BBQ.

0

prospector 3 years, 9 months ago

The original Aurthur Bryants.

0

Kathy Getto 3 years, 9 months ago

Favorite BBQ joint - right here in our backyard.

0

trinity 3 years, 9 months ago

good lord how many times has this been the ots question?? i have been a member here far too long. my faves? 'burg, g&m's....and a "new" one to me we tried a few weeks ago, that little place in burlingame-oh MY it was excellent!!!

0

kernal 3 years, 9 months ago

Where was the restaurant she shut down?

0

Amy Heeter 3 years, 9 months ago

This comment was removed by the site staff for violation of the usage agreement.

0

Cait McKnelly 3 years, 9 months ago

My sister is getting ready to open a new barbecue joint in Leavenworth, Backwoods BBQ.

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Leavenworth-KS/BackWoods-BBQ/138369662844383?ajaxpipe=1&__a=5

I can only tell you that that the barbecue she did in the restaurant she shut down to come here was to die for. Give 'em a try.

0

davidsmom 3 years, 9 months ago

Rudy's in Albuquerque...authentic Texas barbeque (this restaurant started in Texas, but I happen to love Albuquerque.) A true Texan knows that barbeque is about the meat, not sauce...it's about the cut and the quality and the way it's smoked or cooked. If you have to mask the flavor of your meat with sauce, you must have low-quality meat, or you don't know how to cook it right.

0

Bill Lee 3 years, 9 months ago

Arthur Bryants downtown KC location.

0

Commenting has been disabled for this item.