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Photo courtesy of Woodyard Bar-B-Que
Cuisine: American, Barbecue
It doesn't get much better than Woodyard BBQ for classic old-school authenticity. Begun as a wood yard, the business has evolved into a no-frills, easy-going joint near two major highways that has... Read More
It doesn't get much better than Woodyard BBQ for classic old-school authenticity. Begun as a wood yard, the business has evolved into a no-frills, easy-going joint near two major highways that has appeared in Food Network's On the Road. Wood piles abound out back, where three large brick-encased smokers work their magic Monday through Saturday (everybody's got to rest sometime!). Customers have called their barbecued chicken the best in the metro. The ribs at Woodyard were voted Kansas City's best by local alternative weekly, The Pitch, and Food & Wine has called their chili some of America's best. Mouthwatering ribs, lip-smacking jumbo wings and the massive Merriam Mixer (eight meats including pulled pork, brisket, turkey, sausage, ham, and burnt ends) are several choices. Specialty sandwiches are served on ultra-thick bread. Savor your favorite meat alongside freshly prepared sides such as coleslaw, smoky and savory baked beans, or cheesy corn.
- Barbecue: "Woodyard Bar-B-Que offers a daily $8.45 special. Try a smoked angus burger on Tuesday, half of a smoked chicken on Wednesday or the Ultimate Club Sandwich on Thursday – with smoked ham, turkey and bacon plus lettuce, tomato, onion and mayo. And rib lovers should pick up their slabs early on Saturdays."
- Best for Barbecue Because: Woodyard Bar-B-Q has the best stash of barbecue wood with loads of apple, cherry, pecan, hickory and oak wood beneath near the parking lot.