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What is your favorite barbecue joint?

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“K and M. It’s in Spring Hill”

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“Bigg’s BBQ. I like their sauce.”

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“My favorite is Four Legs Up in Great Bend, Kansas, which is where I’m from. Good down-home cooking.”

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“Oklahoma Joe’s — the gas station one.”


Phil Minkin 3 years ago

Rosedale for ribs, Gates for chicken and Bryants for beef and pork.

Katara 3 years ago

The original Smokestack. Loved going out to eat at the Martin City location.

Next would be Arthur Bryant's.

And then there was a place called Keegan's that was in Martin City too. They had awesome burnt ends and tasty brownies.

Katara 3 years ago

I should have put a "but" to join those 2 statements. The Martin City location was closer to my house.

RoeDapple 3 years ago

So far my son-in-law's. Haven't tried autie's . . . yet.

Jeff Rice 3 years ago

Oklahoma Joe's for Ribs, Pulled Pork, Fries

Jack Stack for Brisket, Beans, Cole Slaw

Arthur Bryant's for Sausage

In Lawrence, I like Beimer's the best, but their portions are lacking.

Kevin Haislip 3 years ago

the downtown bar and grill inTonganoxie.

riverdrifter 3 years ago

Guy and Mae's in Williamsburg is still high quality. Arthur Bryant's is good.

patkindle 3 years ago

if you are a tourist, eat down town other wise locally grandaddys ribs are the best if you are a shopper, go to the grocery store

shotgun 3 years ago

Wabash BBQ, Excelsior Springs, MO Ditto on Grandaddy's locally.

davidmcg 3 years ago

Any 1 of the three smokers in my backyard. I can smoke meat better than any "Q" joint around. Moist, tender, perfect smoke ring every time. Ask anybody who has ever had it, they prefer mine over everybodies, no joke.

Jeff Rice 3 years ago

Geez. Don't break your arm patting yourself on the back. We're all very proud of you.

LadyJ 3 years ago

Cool, now when they disappearded a comment, they leave the posters name there so you know who it was. You can even still leave a reply. Hey, better yet, you can still like the comment after it has been removed. I did like the comment BTW.

PhilChiles 3 years ago

Here's a fun thing to do. Go to Yelp, and look up the Gates BBQ reviews, starting with the worst. People are just SHOCKED that anyone could be rude to them at a restaurant. Personally, my vote is for Pappy's Place in Springfield, or Biggs if I'm in Lawrence.

Jeff Rice 3 years ago

HI MAY I HELP YOU!!! (that's my impression of a Gates employee screaming at you) :)

Katara 3 years ago

No, It's more like


and it is hilarious to take new folks there.

Gart 3 years ago

Gran-Daddy's Barbeque! I guess it is closed now? Maybe moving again. Love the sauce - a lot of pep.

Jayhawk_4_Life 3 years ago

yeah they add a lot of "herb" to their sauce

shotgun 3 years ago

No! Grandaddy's is alive and well on 23rd St by Copy Co.

pace 3 years ago

I think it is poor manners to try to tell people a business is closed when it is open for business Granddaddy's has great food and good service. I anticipate you claiming that you really felt or imagined they were closed but no. they are open.

Gart 3 years ago

Oh, pace. That comment was posed as a question if you did not read it correctly. If you re-read, there is no statement saying that the business is closed. Chill.

Gart 3 years ago


Just wanted to run this one by you.

Have done some of my own calculations after smoking with a BBQ'r. Wait, I don't smoke. Must have been something about me saying I am....... FLIP!....

Back to the point. I think it may break a collar bone and kill - demolish- at under 300 yards. Is my math off?

John Spencer 3 years ago

Guy and Mae's in Williamsburg still has the best ribs around.

Gart 3 years ago

Alex? Where is my second post? I did not smoke anything tonight - honestly.

Alex?. . . . . Alex?? . . . . .

Gart 3 years ago

The context of my second post which was obliterated into cyby(ville)space.

To Roe_

Will ask later if this even posts.

Gart 3 years ago

davidmcg 2 hours, 3 minutes ago

......."I can smoke meat better than any "Q" joint around. Moist, tender, perfect smoke ring every time. Ask anybody who has ever had it, they prefer mine over everybodies, no joke."

Umm.......well...Uh...Ok. .....please do not elaborate. Your business, not mine.

BTW - Pretty Gross...

Gart 3 years ago

From my second post for Roe_ which did not post. Another try.

Bill Lee 3 years ago

I don''t eat BBQ very often. I haven't had ribs in at least 20 years. I'm more of a burnt end guy. Arthur Bryant's has a good, but interesting sauce. I've only been to their original location in KC.

Gart 3 years ago

“My favorite is Four Legs Up in Great Bend.".....

Ok.....No comment.

JackMcKee 3 years ago

My own. Guy n Maes. Grandaddys. OK Joes. In that order.

JackMcKee 3 years ago

On the Lawrence BBQ front, it's going to be interesting watching the latest failed venture at the SE corner of 10th and Mass. Some people never learn or the trying the same thing repeatedly but expecting different results. Take your pick. I wonder if the BBQ will taste like fish too. I guess slum lords don't make good restaurant owners.

trinity 3 years ago

'Burg, long time favorite; but you'd also LOVE Leroy's in Pomona...the guy cooked at 'Burg for many years til opening his own place. BBQ is really good, they have a lot more side dishes too. We B Smokin' at the Miami County Airport kicks some major BBQ butt, too! Lot of great places around for Q. BB's Lawnside in KCMO for atmosphere. :)

FranklinBluth 3 years ago

The joint operating out of the back of the Pool Room is outstanding. Hope they find a more visible spot.

And Grandaddy's "afro-sausages" are crazy good.

Matthew Herbert 3 years ago

Much like the question of "what's your favorite Mexican restaurant", my answer would be "anything not in Lawrence". This town is awesome for a lot of reasons; food is not one of them

Flap Doodle 3 years ago

Within a radius of 100 miles from Lawrence, Jack Stack gets the nod from me. The best in the country is City Market in Luling, Texas.

MIke Mallory 3 years ago

Guy & Mae's ribs are fall off he bone great. And the sauce is awesome!!

rockchalker52 3 years ago

Man, I'm drooling here, more than normal anyway. Not gonna make it through the day without some barbecue.

Dare I say it? I had a good meal at that famous guy's place the last time I was there.

LadyJ 3 years ago

I thought swillin alcohol in some form and telling wild stories was a requirement for cooking good barbecue.

rockchalker52 3 years ago

barbecue slowly from an offset heat source, then smoke thoroughly at the polls.

Eddie_Haskell 3 years ago

Grandaddy"s. They sell barbeque and joints. And to think Chad used to be my source. Wow!

Eddie_Haskell 3 years ago

Dammit, prospector! I told you not to share the pics of my home/lab/bathroom!

del888 3 years ago

Cutters BBQ in Eudora is the best around here.

LadyJ 3 years ago

Keep waiting for the Sound Off from today's paper to appear online, it would produce some fun comments.

Eddie_Haskell 3 years ago

I spent the summer in the Douglas County Hotel and ended up getting farmed out to Jefferson County for 3 weeks. They served "hamburgers" and "meatloaf" sometimes. I'm not a picky eater but I damn near yakked. I guarantee it wasn't beef, pork, chicken, turkey, or fish. Considering where I was I'm seriously thinking horse or coyote. Then again, the people working there looked straight out of "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" so........

number3of5 3 years ago

We who live in Jefferson County object to your remark. We do no look like we are straight out of "Texas Chainsaw Massacre". We are good friendly people who do not think money is everything. We love helping our neighbors and even strangers,"friends we have not yet met", if the need arises. Our hamburgers and meatloaf are not made from horse or coyote. There might be a little venison in some, but that only makes them healthier with less fat. They are not the greasy, sloppy, calorie laden ones you can get in Lawrence. As for barbecue, non can surpass my ex son-in-law's, May made the best barbecue ever.....

RoeDapple 3 years ago

Cajun Coyote

INGREDIENTS: 2 cups vegetable oil 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning 2 tablespoons dried Italian-style seasoning 2 tablespoons lemon pepper garlic powder to taste 2lbs of fresh thawed coyote meat - pounded to 1/2 inch thickness


  1. In a large shallow dish, mix the oil, Cajun seasoning, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and lemon pepper. Place the coyote meat in the dish, and turn to coat with the mixture. Cover, and refrigerate for 1/2 hour.
  2. Preheat the grill for high heat.
  3. Lightly oil the grill grate. Drain coyote, and discard marinade. Place coyote on hot grill and cook for 6 to 8 minutes on each side, or until juices run clear.

riverdrifter 3 years ago

Go for it, dude. I'll pass..............

Pitt_Mackeson 3 years ago

Grandaddy's is probably the best in Lawrence in terms of ribs. The ribs are so good you don't really need the sauce but I always pour it on! Great baked beans too. Haven't been to Oklahoma Joe's yet but I intend to journey there :)

JackMcKee 3 years ago

Anyone know if/when that Vermont Street place is reopening? How long does it take to move a couple of chairs and tables around. That sign has been up for months. Who is the dipstick who is in charge of that remodel.

Jeff Goodrick 3 years ago

Hickory Hut in salina, Guys and Mae's and The Pizza parlor in Topeka, Ok Joe's in KC. Never liked Gates or Bryants or Dickey's too greasy. Famous Dave's is good, but tastes the same where ever you at nation wide

riverdrifter 3 years ago

Hickory Hut in Salina! That's one I could not think of. It's very damn good, but not a destination joint like Williamsburg. There's another one in Parsons that's also very good (or was).

Katara 3 years ago

Does anyone know of a place that serves ham brownies? They are the ham version of burnt ends and I haven't seen them on a BBQ menu for so long.

randydaytona 3 years ago

All Slabbed Up in Leavenworth and BBQ shack in Paola

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