Gates BBQ: A Kansas City Classic

Gates_BBQ_Kansas_CityWell I have returned safely from a business trip to Kansas City, MO and after sending out a Twitter post asking people what they thought the best places in KC were, the results are in. Some suggested Oklahoma Joes in downtown Kansas City and of course, the KC Classic, Arthur Bryants, Danna Kriser, a KC native called Bryants “an institution”. Monte brough in a wilde card, suggesting Danny Edwards Blvd Barbeque, which we later learned has a back story which made it the most intriguing of the bunch.

Thanks to all the Facebook friends who helped create this list. This is all great research for a return trip, we were on official business and after a long delayed flight, Gates BBQ showed up an exit on the way to our first meeting and within one hour of being on the ground, we were ordering gates famous Beef on Bun and fries! My partner Steve and I sampled each of the sauces and had to agree that the Gates Extra Hot Sauce, was the best sauce on the planet. It had that classic KC taste and when served with their brisket it was just perfect.

Now being from Chicago, fast food to me is a char grilled kosher hot dog, maybe an Italian Beef sandwich or a good italian sausage, but in KC, they have the luxury of fast food BBQ. ┬áMany turned up their noses at the thought of us having Gates, but many years ago in college, I fell in love with the “Hi, may I help you?” greeting that everyone gets when you cross the threshold at Gates. ┬áThis was an absolute treat! Next time I will make sure that the schedule is cleared so that I can take up the suggestions of our friends, and enjoy a tour of KC BBQ!

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