I have to admit I have a BBQ problem. Alright, most of you already know that, but I knew this for certain the day (about 5 years ago) that a Jack Stack Barbecue catalog arrived in the mail. It’s easily the sexiest BBQ catalog you can get (order one for yourself HERE). I looked through it a dozen or so times hoping to order one of their barbecue feasts and always marveled at the massive crown prime beef ribs and succulent burnt ends pictured, but like many things in life, time moved on quickly and I never got around to ordering anything from this Kansas City institution.
Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago. One of my BBQ dreams came true when I opened my door to see:
Jack Stack Barbecue sent me the Freight House package to sample and review. It included Pork Ribs, Burnt Ends, Hickory Pit Beans, Cheesy Corn Bake and their KC Original BBQ Sauce.
All of their items are shipped fully cooked, vacuum sealed to lock in the natural juices, and then flash frozen. When I received the items they were frozen (they arrived in a heavy-duty Styrofoam cooler with dry ice). I let them thaw in the fridge for about 24 hours and then reheated in the oven (I made sure the items were at room temp first though). There were easy directions for reheating with each item.
So how was it? First off, it’s amazing how perfectly cooked everything came out upon reheating. That was a worry of mine, but it was unfounded. The burnt ends cannot be described in a single word. They were melt-in-the-mouth delicious. Fatty, smokey, meaty, and just what I love about BBQ. I could eat those daily. The ribs were fall-off-the-bone and deep in pork flavor. The KC Original Sauce complimented the ribs especially and the two other tasters at the table couldn’t get enough of them. As for the sides, I preferred the Hickory Pit Beans to the Cheesy Corn Bake. The beans were slightly sweet, but really had a smoked and hearty flavor. They were the perfect side in my opinion (the corn bake was just a little too runny for my taste, but flavor was spot on).
As I looked over their site again I found realized how many items they offer for shipment to your doorstep. As far as meat they have brisket, (3) different kinds of Burnt Ends (Kobe, standard beef, and pork), (4) different kinds of ribs (Berkshire pork, standard pork, lamb, and insanely huge crown prime beef short ribs), Barbecue sausage, Hickory-kissed turkey breast, and Hickory BBQ chicken wings. The sides they offer are Hickory Pit Beans and Cheesy Corn Bake. They have four sauces: KC Original, KC Low Carb Original, KC Spicy and KC Hot.
I asked them for some additional info about their ribs and here was their answer, “About our ribs: We use the finest meat, custom-cut so each slab will yield thicker, meatier, jucier ribs. Our award-winning ribs are hand-trimmed, hand-rubbed and slow-roasted over pure, native Ozark hickory in brick ovens. Kansas City is known for its generations-old style: big, bold, spicy and sweet all at once. ”
Here’s some background/history, “We started out as a traditional barbecue storefront restaurant in Kansas City in 1957. It was originally known as Smokestack and started by Russ Fiorella. His eldest son, Jack, branched of and started Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue, which has expanded to include three more restaurant locations, a catering and private dining business and the nationwide shipping division. The product you will receive is like what you’d get if you were dining at one of our restaurants, which recently were rated “Most Popular Restaurant in Kansas City” by prestigious Zagat Survey. We ship across the country.”
Have you eaten at one of their BBQ joints or ordered their BBQ to be delivered? What did you think? I for one will be stopping in at one or more of their spots when I travel next to Kansas City and will eventually order every item they have to be delivered to me to share with my friends and family.