To the rest of the nation, it's National BBQ Month. For us here in Kansas City, it's just May. USA Today is hoping to discover the best barbecue in the country via its Best of the Road contest jointly governed by Rand McNally.
Out of 30 places, Gemato's Wood Pit Barbecue in Naperville, Illinois, is tied with Famous Dave's Barbecue in Appleton, Wisconsin, in the early voting. Kansas City, even in a faux online contest, I don't think we can let that stand.
The piece in USA Today shows some familiarity with the Kansas City barbecue scene.
My colleague, Jeff Stinson, is unwavering in his opinion that "Kansas City remains the best, and in this order: Arthur Bryant's ... I think burnt ends originated there. Jack Stack at the old freight train station. Any Oklahoma Joe's location." (And yes, Jeff is from Kansas.)Three Gates' locations are currently in a 20-some-odd restaurant tie for second place with one vote, alongside such luminaries as the Buffalo Wild Wings of Davenport Iowa. Hayward's Pit Barbecue in Overland Park is the only other Kansas City area barbecue joint on the list.