All About Kansas City BBQ

Kansas City,the largest city in Missouri, sits on top of the Missouri/Kansas border and was founded in the 1830s as port town on the Missouri River where it connects with the Kansas River. KC has been renowned as cradle of Jazz Music after New Orleans. It was also known for its theaters, which was the center of the Vaudevillian Orpheum circuit in the 1920s. Most importantly, it has become a legendary capital for barbecue--Kansas City Barbecue.

Henry Perry
Kansas City barbecue is a specific regional style focused on slow smoked meat. It originated with Henry Perry in the early 1900s. Perry was an African-American restaurateur who originally worked out of a trolley barn on 18th and Highland, apart of the historical African-American neighborhood.

He offered a ribs slow cooked, which he sold in newspaper pages for 25 cents a slab of meat. Perry’s restaurant eventually became a cultural center during the renaissance of Kansas City Jazz.

Barbecue KC Style
Kansas City style utilizes the full spectrum of meat: pork, beef, chicken, turkey, and lamb. Whatever you want to grill can become KC BBQ. What makes it special is the what you add to the meat. Its rubbed with pieces and served with a thick tomato-based barbecue sauce. Many KC restaurants/sauce brands offer a varied selection of sweet, spicy, and tangy flavors. But the foundational KC barbecue sauce is sweet and spicy. And how you cooked it, which would be smoked slowly over a wood fire with whatever a variety of timber you’d care to use.

This of course makes Kansas City barbecue a prime target for wood pellet grillers. So have it! Buy some of your favorite grilling meat and a classic selection of KC barbecue sauce. Make Perry proud! Use your z grills now!