Posted by Austios on October 20, 2011
As many of you are aware, I recently moved to Kansas City, Missouri, not to pursue a cooking opportunity, but to take a break from cooking in order to go back to school. I am taking a music program from a small bible school in the area. It is by no means a career change, while the plan right now is to return to cooking when I finish school, but who knows what’ll happen while I’m out here.
Any way, just because I’m in school doesn’t mean I will be not cooking still, whether it be at home for myself or to bless a classmate. Same goes with my writing. I enjoy writing and while I probably won’t have as much time (or money) to go out as much as I’d like, that will invariably affect the amount of time and material to write about. But I will do my best to occasionally post when I can.
Anyway, when I first arrived in Kansas City, my friend who had driven with me out here (yes, we drove) and I were taken to a nearby BBQ spot by a friend we both know out here who lives in Liberty. We had the burnt ends (Google it) at Oklahoma Joes a couple of days prior, and our friend told us that burnt ends at LC’s is much better, so we decided to work that into going there for lunch before I had to take my friend to the airport.
It was raining a little bit as I pulled up to this hole in the wall that was on the verge of being a shack. Not literally a shack, but it just kind of gave you that feel. There was a billow of smoke emanating from the chimney of the restaurant, meaning the BBQ pit was hard at work. That was a good sign.
Walking in, the place seemed kind of divey, but not in a bad way. I suppose that gave the place character. Everybody working there is African American, and I don’t know about you, but I hear that around these parts, black people know their “Q”.
I waited for my friends before ordering. Our friend told us the rib tips were good too, so my friend decided to get the burnt ends with a side of onion rings while I got the rib tips with a side of fried okra and then we would just pick off of each other’s plate.
One by one, our food was ready and we sat down and began to dig in. Everything smelled really good.
I picked up a rib tip with my fork and proceeded to work the meat off of the bone. The meat was really tender, had a nice smoke flavor, and was good both with and without the sauce. Yes, it was a little bit of a hassle with the bones, but I mean hey, that’s half the fun, isn’t it?
I tried the fried okra and that was good too. Now, I personally like okra, but I can understand why people don’t like it. These were good because instead of whole or larger pieces, these were sliced into ½ inch pieces.
Last but not least, I eventually got to the burnt ends. Oh man, overall, these burnt ends are better than at Oklahoma Joes. The pieces were larger, the meat was more tender and overall had a better flavor. Yes, some of the pieces were a little fattier than what they had at OK Joes, but man I loved these. Both these and the rib tips were served with Texas toast and white bread. The onion rings were good too… not super thick batter or oily.
Next time I come, I will definitely get the burnt ends for myself, but I want to try their ribs and their brisket. Maybe I should bring a couple of people so I don’t look like a fatty ordering all this food for myself. That or I’ll just have to keep going back, which I actually have no problem doing.
5800 Blue Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64121