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Smoke Daddy's Review of Gates and Sons Bar-B-Q | "Show us your pits"

One of these days they'll get me.  They'll make me change my way of cooking, and when they do, that'll hurt my product. The style of barbecue we have here in Lexington is very unique. I think it will start to fade away.

— Wayne Monk

Owner, Lexington Barbecue as quoted in Smokestack Lightning

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.

OTHER FARE:

  • 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)

ATMOSPHERE:

  • 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.

Gates Bar-B-Q on Urbanspoon

Main Fare: 
6
Other Fare: 
6
Atmosphere: 
6

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