Sorry St. Louis — When it comes to BBQ, KC is King

Oh, St. Louis. You are just too cute!

Joe's KC

Nobody does BBQ like Joe’s.

Last month TripAdvisor ranked the top 10 barbecue restaurants in the country, and your city landed two on the list, compared to just one for Kansas City. Apparently your fine folks have been drinking too much of that Muddy Mississippi water, because this led to some very far-fetched conclusions that St. Louis is a better barbecue town than KC.


Pardon us while we try not to choke on our burnt ends from laughing too hard. (Not that that’s possible — our BBQ is so tender, a baby could eat a brisket whole.)

Claiming that you’re the better barbecue town based off one list is almost as bad as claiming that the Cardinals should have won the 1985 World Series. No sane person would agree.

Sure, Bogart’s and Pappy’s (no. 3 and no. 10, respectively) may be decent enough. But they can’t hold a candle to the legendary Joe’s Bar-B-Que, which at no. 2 ranked higher than both places on the TripAdvisor list. That should come as no surprise, though. Joe’s list of accolades is longer than most movie credits.


Nice try, Bogarts. But no.

And KC isn’t just a one-trick pony piglet, either. You all might have two noteworthy places, but we’ve got TWENTY. That’s probably why Travel+Leisure just named Kansas City the best barbecue city in America. How could it not? Our lineup of barbecue joints reads like an MLB All-Star list (which, if you haven’t heard, is also pretty impressive for us).

Still not convinced? Stop by any of the following restaurants, and you’ll be a KC BFF (Kansas City Barbecue Fan Forever): Arthur Bryant’s, LC’s, Fiorella’s Jack Stack, Gates, Q39 and Char Bar, to name a few.

And finally, if there was still any lingering doubts, KC just owned St. Louis in the 1-70 BBQ Showdown, proving once and for all that when it comes to barbecue, Kansas City is king.

St. Louis, you’re a great city, and we love sharing a state with you. But let’s consider this barbecue rivalry dead, shall we?


Author: mazuma

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