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Oklahoma Joe’s barbecue ribs (Courtesy of Flickr user Joe Newman)

Oklahoma Joe’s Barbecue

(Courtesy of Flickr user Joe Newman)
Kansas City
After sampling the restaurant’s barbecue, Anthony Bourdain declared it was “criminally good,” and later added the Kansas City staple to his list of places to eat before you die. Oklahoma Joe’s is known for its “burnt ends,” which until last spring it only served on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The dish consists of sweet and salty tender chunks of beef, the remains of the restaurant’s smoked brisket, but cooked longer. Located in a functioning gas station, the restaurant smokes its meats using white oak wood in lieu of more commonly used hickory, mesquite and apple-flavored woods, which can mask the taste of the meats. Owner Jeff Stehney and his grilling team, called Slaughterhouse Five, have won the World Brisket Open, and their lamb, sausage, pork and others have taken first place at various tournaments.
Website: oklahomajoesbbq.com
Twitter: @OklahomaJoesBBQ

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