The original Haywards Pit Bar-B-Que in Overland Park, Kansas was opened by Hayward and Hattie Spears on August 19, 1972. In 1981, foreseeing the coming develop-ment boom in southern Overland Park, Hayward bought some land in the undeveloped outskirts of the city (at 110th and Antioch) that could accommodate any size gathering (it can seat up to 221 customers at one time).
“Among my first regulars was a couple who always said ‘we’re telling everyone we know how good your barbecue is.’ Then one night when we were packed and customers were lined up outside in the parking lot, he stuck his head inside and said ‘we’re going to stop telling people about this place.”
Haywards serves the usual Kansas City BBQ favorites (brisket, burnt ends, sausage, and ribs) along with a number of specialties that aren’t on many menus in these parts (more so at the S. Antioch location). I haven’t had a chance to visit either location, but I know that many of you have. I’d love to get your reaction as there’s always a strong BBQ line in the sand when it comes to favorite BBQ joints in Kansas City.
Here are their two locations: