Just like Moses and his people wandered the desert, I've been traveling the back roads of this country on my own journey to the Barbecue Promised Land.  I'd have taken better notes had I known I'd be writing a book.

— Mike Mills

Peace, Love, and Barbecue

Smoke Daddy's Review of Gates and Sons Bar-B-Q

A Kansas City barbecue legacy.  My favorite was the burnt ends.

MAIN FARE:Gates Spread

  • Brisket - Well-trimmed. Medium-thin slice. Good, marbled piece of brisket... rendered and moist.  Probably cut from the high-side.  Good flavor, but no bark... too bad.
  • Burnt Ends - Different style... chopped & mixed with point.  Very moist -- I like 'em!
  • Rib - Chewy. Good flavor and moisture... but tough.  Not as salty as the mutton, but still loaded.
  • Sausage - Italian spices. Course texture, but tightly packed. Beef or brisket in this mix. Good spice. Cut lengthwise into quarters. Fairly lean.
  • Mutton - End piece is extremely salty. Falling apart on the inside, but I can't get past the salt.  The salt penetrates and goes completely through the meat... wow.


  • Beans - Thick & sweet. Loaded with brown sugar. Good texture, smoky, but light on meaty chunks.
  • Sauce - Tangy! Smooth texture, but loaded with spices. Good kick.
  • Bold & Sweet Sauce - Same as regular with added sweetness.
  • X-Hot Sauce - Another modification to orginal recipe... this time with Cayenne pepper sauce. 
  • Potato Salad - Mustard based. Good.
  • Slaw - Crunchy & Creamy.
    (note: both PS and Slaw served with a bit of rub sprinkled on top)


  • We are in "Gatesville"... looks like they own all four corners of this intersection. 
  • Big parking lot
  • Jazzy Muzak
  • Ceiling fans on an  elaborate pulley system
  • Interior is very clean
  • Has a high-volume, commercial feel (McDonalds?)
  • Dual order lines at counter to handle customer load
  • No interaction with staff outside the serving line
  • Only spice on the tables is salt... but the meat was already loaded.

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