If your reactions to the selection of the Arthur Bryant's beef sandwich as the No. 1 dish in our Top 50 dishes is any indication, we could have a fun little comment battle on our barbecue-sauce-stained hands.
The Best of Barbecue results are in from around the compass, with a winner being declared in the North, South, East and West. The Pitch also chose to recognize the best Competition BBQ Team in the land and a few of the tastiest sides. So, cue (that is a genuine barbecue pun, right there) up your outrage or agreement in what should be considered an open thread on barbecue in this town.
The Competition BBQ team is a new category in this year's Best Of, but the selection of Pellet Envy was made easy by the local team's performance over the past 22 months. The 2009 Kansas City Barbecue Society's Team of the Year sits second in this year's points chase.
Another competition barbecue team, Smokin' Guns BBQ, earned a Best Of, for the baked beans at their North Kansas City restaurant. And Oklahoma Joe's was recognized for its use of an onion ring on the Z-man sandwich.
The Best Of Barbecue North comes from Excelsior Springs, Missouri, where Wabash BBQ has been dishing out hickory and apple wood-smoked gems for the past 13 years. Housed in an old railway station, this barbecue joint has won over fans of all ages.
Not many places have bikers dining next to 5-year-olds, all with their
sleeves rolled up and sauce smeared on their cheeks. Wabash BBQ is
worth the drive, whether sitting in a child seat or leaning over a pair
then tell us what you think the best is -- and how you know.