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Oklahoma Joe's BBQ - Kansas City

3002 W. 47th Ave.
Kansas City, KS 66103



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June 15, 2011, 7:29 p.m.

I walked through OK Joe's open doors with an open heart and open mind. So many disciples have sung the praises of this smoke mecca, I wanted to hear the message of the Joseph's Witness with my own apostate ears. Previously granting OKJ's Olathe location nothing but 2 stingy stars, I made my haj to the mothership. I was willing to be baptized in the sauce and take the Texas toast & smoked meat sacraments.

Today's scripture reading was ribs and brisket. The brisket was as tender and juicy as humanly conceivable. It sported a nice Presbyterian smoke ring - present and accounted for, but nothing ostentatious. The beef taste was so robust, I wonder if it had been re-warmed by a quick dip in beef broth. However, a smoky bark illustrated the sad tale of the prodigal son in today's homily - I looked for it, but it was nowhere to be found. Fortunately this was an ecumenical gathering and the lean pork spare ribs showed up to dance and shout - holy rollers of rub, smoke, tenderness... I still hear angels singing as I write. Perfectly smoked, pink meat ran clear to the bone - they're the red letter edition of KC 'Q. These porksicles are exactly equal to the best in the whole blessed town, I do declare. The preacher's kid, closely-scrutinized sauce, showed off with specks of herbs and spices; conspicuously absent in his twin sibling down on Strangline.

Am I converted? Am I a true believer? Have I found the path to the altar of all things Q'ed? I'll grant so much as I might attend frequently and throw my money in the plate. As good as I confess OKJ to be, I still am in search of a smoke-shrouded holy grail, Nirvana enthroned in a hickory haze. But, fear not! Pilgrims of the pink pellicle won't lose their way with regular attendance at this chapel of the char.