Great American Road Trip Day 5 – Kansas City

Ribs at Joe's in Kansas City
Ribs at Joe’s in Kansas City

After a good night’s sleep, we hit the road early for the long haul to Kansas City.  We got some lunch fixings in Hays, Kansas and drove hard and fast to KC, hitting town about about 7 pm.  We wanted to have some genuine Kansas City barbecue, and we got a tip that we had to have the ‘cue at Joe’s Barbecue.  Joe’s has several locations, and we chose their original spot which was in a gas station.

The line was out the door, but we soon had a plate of pork ribs and a two-meat plate of pulled pork and beef brisket.  Some folks say Joe’s barbecue is the best in Kansas City, and others say it’s the best in the world.  (Kansas City has such a high reputation for barbecue, these are probably the same thing.)

Kansas City
Kansas City

All I can say is that is that the ribs are some of the best I can remember.  The pulled pork was also excellent, as was the brisket.  I think I’ll give the nod on the brisket to the Hill Country of Texas, where they know their beef and specialize in brisket.  Texas brisket is so flavorful, sauce is generally eschewed.

Tomorrow, it’s on to Nashville!

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