Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Moocho Authentic Mexican BBQ and Cantina in Oak Grove, Missouri

Moocho brisket sandwich
Yesterday I visited Moocho Authentic Mexican BBQ and Cantina in Oak Grove, Missouri.  I recently met with the Kansas City Convention and Visitors Bureau to consult with them regarding their new Kansas City Barbecue Experience App.  Since I did a lot of research on barbecue restaurants in the area and they also did a lot of research in creating the app, we decided to swap lists to make sure we had all of the barbecue restaurants in the area covered.  I ended up adding a few to my list from their list.  One was Moocho in Oak Grove.  At first I wondered why it was on the list since it seemed like a Mexican restaurant.  Upon further research and consultation, I realized that they are branching out into the barbecue world so I decided to add it as a visit on my quest.

I arrived around 3:25 on Monday.  There is a separate restaurant and bar/lounge area separated by a closed door.  I walked in the restaurant side and noticed nobody was in there at the time I arrived so I walked over to the bar area and had a seat.  I noticed a bunch of the locals were sitting at the bar having drinks but there were a few seats available.  I noticed it right away, but wanted to mention in the blog that they do allow smoking in there.  Luckily that didn't bother me.

The bar area reminded me of a VFW hall or something of that nature.  It was kind of dark and smokey and had a large bar along with some bar arcade games and a pool table.  To be honest, I wasn't expecting much of the food.  When I sat down the bartender asked what I wanted to drink and if I wanted to see a menu.  She served me chips and salsa just like you would get at a Mexican restaurant.  Up to this point, the entire experience was really weird.  I found the brisket sandwich on the menu and ordered it with french fries.

I received my food about 10 minutes later.  I didn't look at the menu close enough, because I didn't notice that they serve the sandwich with American cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion.  The experience wasn't getting any more "normal."  It was easy enough to take that stuff off the sandwich so that's what I did.  The brisket was served with thick cut slices of meat on a bun.  The brisket was tender and has a very flavorful smoke flavor and rub on it.  It also had a nice crunchy bark.  I took a bite and the sandwich was great!  I was pleasantly surprised!  The meat was a bit dry, but I did not need sauce to finish the sandwich.

They have what they call a "smooth" house barbecue sauce.  I tried it with my fries.  It was a good sauce and had a bit of a kick to it.

It was a little weird eating a barbecue brisket sandwich at a Mexican restaurant, but it was a really good sandwich and they know how to barbecue!  Also, the price was right.  The sandwich and fries was eight dollars!  Check it out if you're ever in Oak Grove.

This was stop number 63 on the quest.  Eight more to go!  Don't forget to follow along on Facebook!  Till next time...

Monday, December 10, 2018

KC Baby Back Ribs in Oak Grove, Missouri

KC Baby Back Ribs brisket sandwich and fries
Today I visited KC Baby Back Ribs in Oak Grove, Missouri.  KC Baby Back Ribs is a restaurant located about a block south of I-70 exit 28.  It appears that the restaurant has been renovated from an old gas station.  There is an eating area inside that seats about 25-30 people and there is also a pretty good sized eating area outside the front of the restaurant.

There isn't much information on their website other than their menu.  They claim to have the "best ribs in Kansas City."  Unfortunately I'll have to go back to try the ribs as I was there to check out the brisket.

I arrived around 2:45 Monday.  I walked in and was the only customer in the place.  The waitress greeted me and asked me to have a seat anywhere.  She gave me a menu and started raving about the ribs that they have.  While it was tempting, I knew I had two stops today and knew I wouldn't have room for both ribs and a brisket sandwich.

They have three different sizes of sandwich that you can order.  I ordered the middle sized sandwich, which they call the "large sandwich" along with fries.  They air fry their fries and it takes ten minutes to cook them and I told her that was fine.

I received my order in about 15 minutes.  The sandwich is served on a bun with no sauce and the brisket is thinly sliced.  The meat was hot, tender and flavorful with a slight smoke flavor.  It was a great sandwich!  I had no trouble eating it very quickly without any sauce needed.

They do offer three sauces at each table, a sweet sauce, a house sauce and a hot sauce.  I tried the sauces with my fries.

The sweet sauce was good and kind of had a grape jelly flavor.  The house sauce was also good and was more of a standard barbecue sauce that you would get at a lot of places.  The hot sauce was my favorite of the three.  It wasn't too spicy, but still enough of a kick to give my mouth a little tingle.

The sandwich was $9.99 and the fries were $3.25 extra.

I was pretty impressed with this place for being such a small hole-in-the-wall establishment.  They make some good barbecue!

This is stop number 62 on the quest.  Eight more to go!  Don't forget to follow along on Facebook!  Till next time...