If you live in the Washington, D.C. area and travel to Charlottesville, VA on Route 29, then you probably know about on of our favorite roadside BBQ joint’s – Jammin’ Joe’s BBQ!
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a great lunch inside a gas station? If so, look no further than Oklahoma Joe’s in Kansas City, Kansas. Oklahoma Joe’s Barbecue is situated inside of a Shamrock Gas Station – why not fill up your stomach at the same time you fill your car up?
Oklahoma Joe’s was conceived of on the competitive barbecue circuit in the early 1990s. The team that eventually went on to open Oklahoma Joe’s was know as “Slaughterhouse Five” and they won many Grand Championships, including the American Royal. Their first restaurant, Oklahoma Joe’s Barbecue and Catering opened its doors in January 1996 in Stillwater, Oklahoma and their Kansas City location opened a few months later in August 1996. The Oklahoma location is now closed, but the Kansas City restaurant is going stronger than ever, in fact a second location has been opened in Olathe, Kansas.
Oklahoma Joe’s has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, The Food Network and PBS to name a few. Zagat rated Oklahmoa Joe’s as “Excellent” and the hometown Pitch Weekly gave it 3.5 Stars.
I’m a fan of the beef brisket, but can honestly say I’ve never had a meal at Oklahoma Joe’s that I didn’t enjoy and the novelty of the ambiance even makes the food taste better. Next time you are in Kansas City, Kansas stop by and give Oklahoma Joe’s a try. You can check them out on the web here.
Now go fill up your stomach and your car!!! If you’re not in Kansas City and your looking for great bbq be sure to visit Pork Barrel BBQ on the web!
First, although we have never attempted to grill on a shopping cart grill we do commend you for your creativity. We understand as well as anyone that when you get the itch to grill the only thing that can stop that itch is to grill. I suppose there might be times when this itch occurs at a time that you don’t have access to a more typical grill choice like a Weber, hence the reason you’ve got to reach for the shopping cart grill.
Second, if one does decide to grill on a shopping cart grill we believe the person grilling in this picture has gotten it right. We would advise against using a direct grilling method where you put meat or vegetables directly on the cart – always use a pan or stick as demonstrated in this picture to avoid direct contact with the shopping cart. If possible, you might want to give the shopping cart grill a good cleaning before you christen it with its inaugural grilling session.
Third, it is probably advisable to remove all plastic from the cart before you begin to grill. Notice in this picture that there is still plastic attached to the handle and seat. Assuming the fire gets hot enough the individuals dining on this griller’s dish might get the unpleasant surprise of some melted plastic in their meal. Better to be safe than sorry so take the five minutes needed to remove all plastic before use.
So if you’ve got the itch to grill and you find yourself in a pinch without a more conventional grill choice and you happen to have a shopping cart handy you might be able to scratch that itch away. With that being said, we here at Pork Barrel BBQ would advise against it and suggest you just wait until you get back home and use the more conventional options.
If you’ve got funny or interesting pictures of grills or other BBQ tools send them to us at email@example.com and we’ll post them on the blog.
You are sure to get a healthy argument in Kansas City over where to get the best BBQ. Folks in Kansas City tend to be loyal to their favorite BBQ Joint like your dog is loyal to you. One of the BBQ Joints that can claim as large of a loyal following as any in Kansas City is Arthur Bryant’s.
Arthur Bryant was know as the “King of Ribs” and some have called him the most renowned barbequer in the history of barbeque. Arthur got into the barbeque business when he visited his brother Charlie, who worked for Henry Perry who started the Kansas City barbeque tradition. Arthur never left Kansas City and the world of barbeque after this visit. After Henry and Charlie died, Arthur took over the business and perfected the sauce. About the sauce, he once said, “I make it so you can put it on bread and eat it.”
Arthur Bryant’s many loyal fans include New Yorker columnist Calvin Trillin, who once called Bryant’s the best restaurant in the world. Over the years a number of Presidents have dined at Bryant’s, including Harry Truman (the Kansas City areas hometown President), Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. Other well known celebrities who have dined at Bryant’s include Steven Spielberg, George Brett, Wilt Chamberlain, Robert Redford and Jack Nicholson.
Bryant’s slow smokes its meats with a combination of hickory and oak woods (Pork Barrel BBQ’s favorite mix of smoking woods) to perfection. Step up to the counter and order a beef sandwich with white or wheat Wonder Bread. The man behind the counter slaps down the bread, puts at least a half pound of meat on the bread and then provides a generous slathering of sauce. There is literally enough meat on the sandwich for two or three meals!!! Don’t forget to add fries, beans and a good helping of pickles and wash it all down with a Boulevard Wheat Beer – Kansas City’s hometown beer.
You’ll find the original Arthur Bryant’s at 1727 Brooklyn Avenue, in downtown Kansas City. In recent years one has opened up at the Ameristar Casino and at the Legends at the Kansas Speedway. Check out Arthur Bryant’s on the web.
If you need anymore convincing just look at the picture at the top of this blog post and try not to drool all over yourself.
Pork Barrel BBQ’s biggest fan in Wyoming is Tyler Gale! Any one and a half year old who understands the value of great BBQ is clearly going to have a bright future and maybe a future investor in Pork Barrel BBQ!
You are probably familiar with Flat Stanley, the paper guy kids from around the world have taken to famous spots and not so famous spots for school projects. We thought it would be fun to see where in the world Pork Barrel BBQ is. If you are a Pork Barrel BBQ fan and are traveling send us a picture of our Pork Barrel BBQ All-American Spice Rub somewhere in the world with a brief description of where in the world Pork Barrel BBQ is.
Our first picture comes from a trip Heath took in March to the United Kingdom. The first picture in the “Where In The World Is Pork Barrel BBQ” series is a tin of All-American Spice Rub at Stonehenge.
Send us your pictures at firstname.lastname@example.org.