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2 BBQ Joints in KC-What to get?

My buddy and I are going to KC for some BBQ next month. From reading the boards I take that LC's BBQ and Arthur Bryants are my best bet so thats where we are going. Any suggestions on what to get at both of those places? We want to get alot of food and split everything basically so let me know what we should get at

Arthur Bryants

We are also going to a Royals game and are going to eat at the Gates inside there. What is your favorite sandwich to get? Beef, Pork, Turkey etc? Thanks

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  1. LC's burnt ends are a must!!!!! They are the ones that I judge everybody elses by. Any sliced meats from LC's is great I like the pork better, and you can not leave without having some beans. It is the only place I really go for bbq. I do though like the pulled pork at Oklahoma Joe's.

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    1. re: Big Country

      2nd on the LC's Burnt Ends. BBQ Nirvana. If I remember correctly, KC Jane ( my old KC Food Guru) always liked LC's ribs. I've never been able to get away from the Burnt Ends.
      Last time down i just stopped in on the way home, bought 2 lbs, told the nice woman behind the counter to wrap them well, as I was just bringing them back to Des Moines in a cooler. She gave me a bowl to put some in for the trip, knowing there was no way I would make it. I got home with about a pound and a half.

      1. re: Big Country

        Don't forget the fries (crispy) at LC's. They still fry them in lard. Oh yeah!

      2. I have only been to Arthur Bryants once. Don't know what I expected, but this wasn't it. Didn't care for the food at all. Oklahoma Joe's..on the other hand...I love it! Ribs and pulled pork are really good.

        1. If your going to the Royals game I would suggest stopping at the Gates location on 40 Hwy as it is very close to the stadiums and will be much cheaper and better then the Gates booth at the game. Just get the BBQ to go and sneak it in. I have not been to LC's in a while, there big claim to fame was really good fries but I found do to demand they were cooking to many at once and the quality was suffering. Bryants on Brooklyn is a good joint, the beef sandwich is huge. If you can drive down to Martin City in south KC try that SmokeStack...it is very good,

          1. I'm a broken record on this one. Split the beef sandwich at AB. Sauce it at the table. Will not disappoint.

            1. Burnt end sandwich at Arthur Bryant's. It is smoky and crispy, without any sweet. Brynat's is pretty much where it started in KC.

              1. I have heard the burnt ends at LC's are to die for. I used to go to school at UMKC and drove by there everyday between home and school and the food smelled so good. But I can tell you from experience go with the Brisket Sandwhich at AB's. If you go to the main one near 18th and Vine share a Brisket Sandwhich, Large Fries and then get two drinks...It is more then enough for two people. But Oh so yummy. I hope you have a good time on your visit.

                1. Seems like people are making the assumption that you are going to get just as much food as you can eat, which is understandable, but would not be my approach.

                  LC's: burnt ends, sliced pork, half slab of ribs, side of beans
                  Bryant's: sliced beef sandwich, burnt ends, half slab, fries

                  Keep the leftovers in your hotel fridge if you have one and eat for breakfast the next morning, or on your trip home. Or give the leftovers to an appreciative beggar.

                  You're coming to KC for some BBQ, for goodness sake. Don't hold back.

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                  1. re: Aaron Deacon

                    If you're going to Bryant's, you should also figure out a strategy for bringing home sauce. Remember you can't pack it in your carry-on luggage. The sauce at Bryant's is definitely distinctive -- it's kind of grainy, with chucks of spices, rather than the smooth, pureed sauces that most places serve. It might not be your cup of tea, but if it is, you will want to carry some home.