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What's best these days in Kansas City BBQ?

I went to school in Lawrence so I used to know KC bbq pretty well, but I get there too rarely these days. But I'm passing through around Christmas. Anyone have new suggestions? Here's where I've been:

• Arthur Bryant's a million times, pretty lackluster last time.

• LC's twice, excellent both times.

• Fiorello's Jack Stack in the train station. It was okay, too nice for my BBQ tastes.

• Danny Edwards in the old location, which was very good.

• Brobeck's, nice for a strip mall...

• Never cared that much for Gates.

So where should I go this time?

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  1. You need to check out OK Joe's and Munchin' Hogs at Cafe Weatherby in the airport Hilton.
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/879515

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      1. re: zfwp

        I've never cared for Rosedale. But they've been there for a very long time, so someone must like them. OK Joe's is right up the hill and Woodyard isn't too far down Merriam Drive. Both are much better in my opinion.

        1. re: chileheadmike

          thanks! it must be nice to have too many good bbq choices!

    1. Woodyard BBQ, Danny Edwards new location (lunch only), LC's.

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      1. re: jdl98

        Thought I'd posted about my lunch at Danny Edwards (2011), but I guess I didn't.
        http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniew...

        Here's my Large combo sandwich, $6.99, with pulled pork and Ol'Smoky (burnt ends), plus a side of smoky baked beans, $1.95. I do remember that I asked 'em to go light on the sauce, so there's probably more if you don't.
        http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniew...

      2. Oklahoma Joe's. I would go back to LC's for the burnt ends also.

        Bigray in Ok

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        1. re: Bigrayok

          My second lunch in 2011 the same day at Oklahoma Joe's. Brisket and pulled pork sandwich, naked,
          http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniew...

        2. I like OK Joe's and McGonigle's, but I only eat brisket and chicken. (I also haven't been to LC's Bryant's, or Jack Stack in a long time, so can't honestly comment on them.) But, McGonigle's brisket is wonderful.

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          1. re: amyzan

            Thanks, all. It's tomorrow and I guess I need to finally hit Oklahoma Joe's.

            1. re: amyzan

              A big huge yay for McGonigle's, as for OK Joe's I loved the ribs but cant say much for the brisket did not get a smoke taste out of it nor did I see a smoke ring that also goes for the chicken, plus the brisket on the combo plate was sliced super thin.Dont think I'll be back to OK joe's.But McGonigle's will always be on our list It's that good.

              1. re: mutti

                is McGonigle's a sit -down restaurant or just a meat market with take-out meals?

                1. re: zfwp

                  McGonigle's is grocery story/meat market with take-out bbq