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LA Times – KC BBQ

Kansas City is a MUST visit destination for BBQ junkies from across the country so it only makes sense that Catharine Hamm from the Los Angeles Times made me extremely jealous when she had KC BBQ 5 times within a 36 hour period. See her journey here.

Photo of KC BBQ courtesy of monkeysort from flickr

Here are the KC joints she mentions:
Arthur Bryants
Gates Bar-B-Q
Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue
Danny Edwards
Brobecks BBQ
Hayward’s Pit Bar-B-Que
Oklahoma Joes
B.B’s Lawnside BBQ

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James Beard – Legends of Barbecue

The James Beard Foundation, whose mission is to “to celebrate, preserve, and nurture America’s culinary heritage and diversity in order to elevate the appreciation of our culinary excellence”, has always a fan of good barbecue.

On Tuesday August 18th they are having an event called The Legends of Barbecue hosted by Ed Mitchell from The Pit in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Sounds incredible if you’re in the area.

Prices are:
JBF Members $125
General Public $165

The Beard House
167 West 12th Street
NY, NY 10011

bon appetit – Top 10 New Barbecue Restaurants

bon appetit is big on the top 10 list (and even 20), but when they decided to hit the new bbq joint list I was all ears…or is that eyes…whatever it is, I was into it.

Photograph by Roy Ritchie

OK. The pic above doesn’t feel traditional, but their list is a rather strong one as far as newcomers (still, can you pick out which one (or two) of these kids below is doing there own thing?).

Stacy’s Smokehouse BBQ – Phoenix, AZ
Bulldog Barbecue – Miami, FL
Rolling Bones BBQ – Atlanta, GA
The Joint - New Orleans, LA
Zingerman’s Roadhouse – Ann Arbor, MI
Fette Sau – Brooklyn, NY
Formaggio Kitchen – Cambridge, MA
Slows Bar BQ – Detroit, MI
The Pit – Raleigh, NC
Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint – Nolensville, TN

If you get the chance, check out Andrew Knowlton’s other work for bon appetit. Good stuff (just not all BBQ), especially the one on chili joints.

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Smoque BBQ – Chicago

Love him or hate him, you have to admit Guy Fieri has one of the most amazing jobs around.

Until I actually get a chance to go to Smoque one of these days, I’ll just have to live vicariously through Guy.

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Snow's BBQ

Ran across this YouTube clip on Snow’s BBQ in Lexington, Texas which really gives you the essence of what it’s like to visit.

Of course, Snow’s won top honor in Texas Monthly’s 2008 Top 50 BBQ Joints in Texas. If you’re planning to head over you should know they only serve BBQ on Saturdays from eight in the morning until it runs out (they say around noon).

And if you’re as hungry as I am after watching that and can’t find the time right now to thread the 4 hour once a week window (and you think you can wait out the shipping) go and order their cue at their online store.

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Best Thing I Ever Ate – BBQ

The Food Network is pretty hit or miss with their compilation shows since there are times when you know it’s a bunch of old rehashed material, but this one was pretty good (it made me hungry, which is the true sign of a good show on BBQ).

You can check out a taste of Tyler Florence’s ditty on Rendezvous here.

Here’s a list of the Joints they featured along with the Food Network celeb who chose them (note I have omitted the ones on Dim Sum and BBQ Shrimp for personal reasons).

North Main BBQ
Reviewed By:Ted Allen

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
Reviewed By:Adam Gerlter

Daisy May’s BBQ
Reviewed By:Michael Symon

Ronnie’s Ribs
Reviewed By:Deliah Winder

The Salt Lick Bar BQ
Reviewed By:Duff Goldman
Reviewed By:Bobby Flay

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The Baron of Barbecue

I’m a huge fan of R.U.B. (Righteous Urban Barbecue) in Las Vegas (there are locations in New York and Maryland too) and never miss stopping by when I’m out there…and always, always order the burnt ends.

If you’ve got the time and money I’d recommend checking out one of his Pitmaster Classes that he holds around the country. He has won the National Barbecue Championship 7 times so he might know a little about what he’s talking about.

Check out all things Paul K. at his site.

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Gayot's Top Ten BBQ Joints

Top Ten Lists are all the rage these days and Gayot seems to be one of the masters as a good portion of their site is dedicated to lists of ten in hundreds of categories.

Here’s their BBQ Joint list:

1) City Market – Luling, TX
2) Daisy May’s BBQ – NYC
3) Everett & Jones Barbeque – Oakland, CA
4) Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue – Kansas City, MO
5) Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q – Atlanta, GA
6) Full Moon Bar-B-Que – Hoover, AL
7) Montgomery Inn at the Boathouse – Cincinnati, OH
8) Smoque BBQ – Chicago, IL
9) Urban Bar-B-Cue Company – Rockville, MD
10) Zeke’s Smokehouse – Montrose, CA

There are some great ones on this list, but as you can clearly see, they left out some big ones.

Arthur Bryant's Barbeque Sauce

Just ran across this way back in my cupboard.


Of the three sauces Arthur Bryant’s has, this is my least favorite, but still has really deep and rich flavors. They do sell it by the bottle and in multi-packs at their online store.

Since this was my first introduction real BBQ, Arthur Bryant’s will always have a soft spot in my heart and make me incredibly hungry whenever I think about it.

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