A couple days ago, the Chicago Tribune featured an article on Kansas City Barbecue. The article talked about the history of Kansas City style barbecue and also talked about some of the big names of barbecue in town, including Gates BBQ, Arthur Bryant's, and my personal favorite, Fiorella's Jack Stack. It also talks about some of the lesser known and up-and-coming barbecue places in Kansas City.
There's also some recipes included in the article, as well as a series of photographs from some of the Kansas City area barbecue establishments. And click here to see a streaming video interview with Ollie Gates, the son of the founder of Gates BBQ.
The only problem I have with the article is that the author is geographically challenged. She states that Kansas City is halfway between Texas and Memphis - two bastions of barbecue. Well, last time I looked on a map, Little Rock, Arkansas, was halfway between Memphis and Texas. Kansas City is directly north of Texas and northwest of Memphis. But that's neither here nor there when you get into the "meat" of the article.
If you're reading the linked article around lunch time, don't blame me if your stomach sends out hunger pangs. The pictures and the story made me want to get back to Kansas City as soon as I can.