Friday, April 6, 2018

Top 10 Standings (So Far) for Best Brisket in Kansas City!

I'm getting asked more and more to reveal my current standings, so I decided I'll reveal the top 10 barbecue brisket restaurants so far...in alphabetical order!

I've visited 42 Kansas City area barbecue restaurants so far in search of the best brisket in town.  I've got 34 more to go.  As a reminder, I'm just judging the meat.  What I'm looking for is appearance (smoke ring), texture (moist and tender), flavor (smoke flavor, rub), and a plus for a crunchy bark. My reviews include many other details and observations within each restaurant, but for the purposes of the quest I'm strictly judging the brisket.

Here is list all of the places I've visited thus far:

Arthur Bryants
Bates City
BB's Lawnside
BBQ Shack
Berbiglia’s Roost
Big Q
Blind Box
Brobeck's
Burnt End
C. Frogs
Char Bar
Crazy Good Eats
Danny Edwards BLVD BBQ
Fireside BBQ
Fritz’s Meats & Superior Sausage
Gates
Hayward's
Hickory Log
Jack Stack
Joe's KC
Johnny's BBQ Olathe
Jon Russell's
K &M
LC's
Little Pig BBQ
Papa Bob’s Bar-B-Que
Q39
RJ's bbq
Roscoe's
Rosedale BBQ
Scott's Kitchen at Hangar 29
Slap's BBQ
Smokebox KC
Smokehouse
Smokey's
Smokin Guns
Smokin' Joe's
The Rub Barbeque
Tin Kitchen
Woodyard
Wyandot Bar-B-Q
Zarda

That's 42 restaurants.  Here is the current top 10, in alphabetical order.

Blind Box
Char Bar
Danny Edwards
Fireside BBQ
Jack Stack
Johnny's
Roscoe's
Scott's Kitchen at Hangar 29
Tin Kitchen
Wyandot

Who do you think is in first place so far?  It might surprise you.  Notice some "heavy hitters" that are not in the top 10?  I know.  It surprised me, too!  I'm going to reveal the finalists in order when I've completed the quest.  I'm not letting the cat out of the bag...yet!

Is there anyone on my "to-do" list that you think will bump any of these places out of the top 10?  Here's a list:

A little BBQ joint
Back Porch
Back Rack
Bandanas Bar-B-Q
Bare Bones
Big T's
Brickyard BBQ
Chops BBQ
Dekes
Filling Station BBQ
Hawg Jaw
Johnny's in Mission
Jones BBQ
KC Baby Back Ribs
Mudhole BBQ
Oden's Family BBQ
P Moore and Moore
Plowboys
Pork and Pickle
Porky's Blazin'
Pullman BBQ
R&J
Ray Rae's
Smoke Brewing Company
Sneads
Summit Hickory Pit
Tender Butts & Smokin Thighs
Three Little Pigs
Vigs BBQ
Wabash
Winslow's

There you have it!  Let the arguments and strong opinions commence!  Till next time....

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