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Smoke Daddy's Review of Arthur Bryants Barbeque | "Show us your pits"

There's no crying in barbecue 

— Wildman

@Laura and Emmies, 2005 Kansas City Tour

Smoke Daddy's Review of Arthur Bryants Barbeque

Classic joint feel here... love the atmosphere.  The short end ribs and beans were my favorites.

MAIN FARE:Arthur Bryants Meats

  • Brisket - Deli slicer in action.  Sliced super thin (and with the grain).  Lean and tender with some moisture. Good smoke flavor.
  • Burnt Ends - Chewy and smoky. Cooked in the sauce, or just kept hot?
  • Sausage - Sliced by the deli slicer.   Nice blend.  Weird cut... looks like spam.
  • Long End Rib - Tender and pulls off the bone.  Fully rendered, but a little dry and chewy in places.  A little 'tang' (bitterness) in the smoke.
  • Short End Rib - This is better.  Clean smoke; tender & moist; pulls off the bone with a slight tug.

OTHER FARE:

Arthur Bryants Ribs

  • Beans - Brown sugar and molasses.  Sweet!
  • Original Sauce - Gritty and almost cloying at first (flavor explosion). It has staying power, and kinda grows on you
  • Rich & Spicy - Ketchup meets Heinz 57, with plenty of brown sugar.
  • Sweet Heat - Brown sugar (and honey?), with a kick on the finish.  Some mustard detected.

ATMOSPHERE:

  • Line out the door at 12:15 on Thursday, and it doesn't move quickly
  • One wall with press clippings and celebrity photos
  • Besides the above, it reminds me of the old Kreuz dining area
  • Tall stack of folded paper towels on the table
  • Meat tray = a tray of meat.  Classic.
  • Folks behind the counter all all business; no chit-chat here
  • We have no interaction with staff outside of the serving area (we forgo the tour due to being in the middle of their lunch rush).
  • Sweet hickory

Arthur Bryant's Barbeque on Urbanspoon

Main Fare: 
6
Other Fare: 
6
Atmosphere: 
9

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