Sunday, 27 July 2014

Epilogue: end of the BBQ trail

I Do "Que" sign
I Do "Que"
Overall, our approach to Arthur Bryant’s, and Kansas City as a whole, was flawed. We went to the wrong Jack Stack. We did not hit LC’s Bar-B-Q. Arthur Bryant’s was underwhelming. But I am OK with this. In fact, we almost skipped Kansas City altogether. But had we skipped KC, we would have missed Oklahoma Joe’s, which in my mind was the best ribs of the trip and ticked the most boxes for me. No regrets, but I am still thinking of that brisket sandwich at Arthur Bryant’s.

Tennessee was just plain fun. Some great food, even better beer and bourbon and some decent barbecue. We gained some great insight into rubs, sauces and technique and met some great people. And Johnny Cash is again on heavy rotation.

North Carolina was just plain special. Their entire approach to barbecue was so foreign to me, which is why we decided to start the tour there – whilst we were still fresh and had the appetite. This is real barbecue made by real people the real old fashioned way. Wilber’s, Lexington and Gary’s were all different and all special. If I can replicate what they do by 50% as well as they do it, I can die a happy BBQ master.

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