My task at hand, earlier this week, was to make another visit to Slap's BBQ
in Kansas City, Kansas (it's my review subject for next week), but I discovered that Slap's has a problem: it's too popular.
In June, veteran barbecue-team competitors Mike and Joe Pearce and Brandon Whipple opened the lunch-only barbecue shack, which frequently sells out of smoked meats a couple of hours after opening. That's great for Slap's (an acronym for Squeal Like a Pig, the name of this trio's barbecue team) but not so terrific for hungry customers who show up too late for a brisket sandwich.
It was on one of those days that I was driving around downtown Kansas City, Kansas, and stumbled upon the five-year-old Big Grill & More at 501 North Sixth Street. It's located in a two-story brick storefront that was, six years ago, occupied by the Skillet Licker Cafe
, a diner that made its own little fried doughnuts each day.
I'm ashamed that it has taken me so long to find restaurateur Ray Dantzler's venue, a combination barbecue restaurant and old-fashioned diner. The food is very good, and the house-made pear cobbler is, to put it mildly, sensational.