The summer guides are speaking, and top on the list for a new piece in Every Day With Rachael Ray are Oklahoma Joe's and Jack Stack Barbecue.
Jack Stack earned the nod for its eat-at-home burnt-ends combo while Oklahoma Joe's was highlighted as the place to get burnt ends in person -- the "crispy, fatty pieces from barbecue brisket with molasses, tomato-based sauce."
It's nice to see some Kansas City staples get recognized (in the past, EDWRR has also given love to Arthur Bryant's and Gates), but the money quote from the piece is from John Markus, the executive producer of CBS' The Ultimate Barbecue Showdown (a one-hour special that ran in May), who explains how he finds the best barbecue joints in a new town:
"I'll walk up to a guy who could stand to go on a diet," he says. "Even better if he has a toothpick in his mouth."That's one of the first lessons that any barbecue aficionado learns -- always trust a good eater.