The brothers Voltaggio, Michael and Bryan, stole your dream, because they are currently in the midst of a barbecue road trip.
The chef siblings were in Kansas City earlier this week to sample some of the city's finest smoked meats as part of a five-day "Smoke and Fire Tour." Williams-Sonoma is sponsoring the trip that has the Top Chef contestants stopping in Texas, Tennessee and North Carolina in search of the country's best barbecue. After starting in Austin, Texas, the Voltaggio brothers (who have their own website) stopped by Danny Edwards BBQ and Oklahoma Joe's on Tuesday.
After a plate of ribs at Danny Edwards, the tour stopped by Oklahoma Joe's for some Boulevard Pilsner and barbecue. Food and Wine's Mouthing Off has Michael's take on Oklahoma Joe's:
Kansas City is like the barbecue melting pot. In Texas, it's all about beef, and in North Carolina, there's a lot of pulled pork. But Kansas City is famous for everything. At Oklahoma Joe's, it's all about the Z-Man sandwich: slow-smoked brisket piled high on a toasted kaiser bun, with a few onion rings, toasted provolone and a couple drops of sauce. This place is on Tony Bourdain's list of 13 things to eat before you die."While he's spot-on about the Z-Man, I wouldn't exactly call Kansas City's barbecue scene "a melting pot." However, the most salient point is perhaps one about marketing. If I'm a Kansas City restaurateur, I'm doing whatever I can to get chef Bourdain to eat at my place.