I had the most awesome time in Kansas City. Hectic but amazing. We had so much to squeeze in!
So, to pick up where I left off, I never made it house-spotting, I had too much work to do and I ran out of time. I’m a bit gutted but I know we’ll see nice houses in Alabama and Georgia so it’s okay. I did manage to get down to the gorgeous Union Station though. Thursday evening we went for a drink in The Flying Saucer and then headed to Stroud’s to meet Mark, Simon & Derek for the best fried chicken I’ve ever eaten.
Honestly, the amount of food was insane, especially for the crazy cheap price! We had a plate stacked about a metre high with fried chicken, a mountain of mash potato, two huge tubs of gravy, some green beans and an enormous bowl of cinnamon rolls. Needless to say that there was enough left over to feed a small country for an entire week. But, the chicken. Oh my word, the chicken. It was dry and crisp on the outside but succulent and juicy on the inside without even the tiniest hint of grease. Literally unbelievable. The photos really don’t do it justice.
The next day we got up early and headed for Oklahoma Joe’s to get in line 45 minutes before opening time as it gets seriously busy. It’s attached to a petrol station and we were there to try the ribs. We ended up getting brisket, pulled pork and fries too. Oklahoma Joe’s is the one BBQ place that most people would argue is the best in town but I wasn’t a huge fan. I found the pulled pork to be far too salty and smoky and the ribs were also too smoky for my taste, the brisket was okay but again, the smokiness overpowered the beefy flavour a bit too much. The fries were awesome but had way too much salt on.
As soon as we left Oklahoma Joe’s we headed for second breakfast at Woodyard BBQ (which is actually in Kansas City, Kansas). Woodyard was easily the cutest BBQ joint we went to. It’s a little wooden house which sells wood for fires etc but they also run a BBQ restaurant out of it and the huge smoker is right in the front yard so you can watch him turning all the ribs and stuff. The guy manning the smoker was a really nice chap, as was the owner. Here we had some chicken, ribs and brisket. The brisket was easily my favourite, much more beefy than at Oklahoma Joe’s. The chicken was a bit too smoky for me, as were the ribs. Turns out I don’t like my meat smoky, think I might struggle a bit on this trip!
Then we got in the car and made our way to LC’s for brunch. We passed this cool drive-in movie theatre on the way.
At LC’s we ordered a burnt ends sandwich. It was really good. The burnt ends were fantastically crispy and the sauce was delicious but obviously after all the other barbecue, we were a bit full by that point to eat much of it.
By now it was about 1pm so we headed over to the American Royal barbecue competition. Once Simon had given me a quick tour around the invitational and we had met the UK team, Bunch of Swines, he put me to work helping him prepare martinis and coleslaw for the Burn Rate team. The American Royal is truly awesome. It’s the biggest BBQ competition in the world (although not the most prestigious) and it’s just jam packed with people having the best time ever. The party atmosphere is amazing, especially once it gets dark and all the guests start arriving. The Royal is a bit weird as you can pay to walk around the arena during the day but you’re not allowed to sample any food, unless you happen to know someone on one of the teams. So it would be quite boring if you didn’t know anyone but once it hits evening, if you’ve got an invite, it’s all go!
The people I met at The American Royal are some of the nicest people in the world. The guys on the Burn Rate team were so friendly and welcoming, especially as all the other wives are told to keep away on the Friday! I was quite sad to leave Kansas City yesterday.
So now I’m in St Louis, which I’ll try and blog about tonight. I had the best donuts EVER last night.