Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The jalapeno cheddarwurst from Fritz's Smoked Meats brings the heat

Posted By on Tue, Feb 1, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Fritz's Smoked Meats is a taste of summer to get you through the winter.
  • Fritz's Smoked Meats is a taste of summer to get you through the winter.

The parking lot at Fritz's Smoked Meats (10326 State Line Road, Leawood) is rich with the smells and sounds of tailgaiting -- the sharp sting of smoke, the light crackle of sizzling fat. The black smoker sits chugging on the concrete only feet from the front door. While your instinct is to simply grab a sausage off the grill, you'll have to head inside to buy your lunch.

click to enlarge Fritz's is constantly sending out the smoke signal for eat.
  • Fritz's is constantly sending out the smoke signal for eat.

Once you walk in, you'll find the land-locked version of a lobster tank. Rows of sausages sit inside a deli case waiting for you to point and pick one for lunch. Most can barely be contained by the small white hot-dog buns on which they're served. A sausage will run you $2.50 (the Wednesday special is two for $4). 

I opted for two (although one would have been plenty), a jalapeno cheddarwurst and a hot polish. Both had a pleasant snap and a nice, smoky finish. The hot polish is a shirt ruiner. The smoke seals in the juices, which come running out like tiny tributaries when you bite into the sausage casing.

click to enlarge The jalapeno cheddarwurst is a tasty sausage.
  • The jalapeno cheddarwurst is a tasty sausage.
The jalapeno cheddarwurst is a tube meat made for lovers of spicy food. A glistening ribbon of yellow cheddar runs through the center of the peppery dog, and the jalapeno has your lips feeling the sting after a few bites.

Whether you're looking for Super Bowl options or missing your Weber that's sitting covered in your garage, Fritz's is the answer.

Fritz's Smoked Meats is open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. It's closed on Sundays. You can call (913-381-4618) or fax (913-381-1394) in your order.

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