1218 Swift, North Kansas City | 816-221-2535
Over the river and through the doors is smoked turkey you wish you'd been eating since you were just a little tater at your grandma's table. Smokin' Guns cranks out righteous sliced turkey, bringing to bear the hard-learned secrets of owners Phil and Linda Hopkins, who have spent 15-plus years on the competition-barbecue circuit. The key: putting a whole, skin-on, partly frozen turkey breast in a smoker filled with oak, hickory and cherry wood. The bird, coated in the restaurant's own rub blend (with smart notes of paprika and cocoa), cooks for about 12 hours. The result: a moist slice with proper bark in a sultry au jus. Apologize to your grandmother now because you won't be there for Thanksgiving this year. You just made other turkey plans.