Journeys of Discovery: Savoring Kansas City's premier BBQ joints

Nov 17, 2020

Kansas City style, hickory smoked barbeque is the stuff of legend. Down home fare includes white bread, beans, onion rings, fries, and the local delicacy Burnt ends. The incredibly delectable burnt ends could easily make a meat eater out of an ardent vegan. 

Barbeque joints are dotted across the city from strip malls to tiny storefronts. Some of the legends are utterly unpretentious but it’s standing room only at lunchtime and for sure when the Chiefs or Royals are playing home games. The city’s love affair with barbeque joints has been going on for decades.

This show was originally broadcast August 3, 2016 and is reposted as a “best-of-the-best” podcast in celebration of Journeys of Discovery’s 30th anniversary producing on-air and digital media podcasts featured on KCBX and NPR One.

Come along and join correspondent Tom Wilmer for a visit at three iconic joints. We’ll drop in for a quick visit with the pit masters at LC’s Bar-B-Q, followed by a chat out front at the legendary Gates BBQ. Afterwards we’ll explore the other end of the spectrum at upscale, Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbeque’s Freight House location where they do a gang buster business seven days a week.

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