Overland Park – Fireside BBQ
One of the (relatively) new kids on the block in the KC BBQ scene is Fireside BBQ in Overland Park. Fireside opened in 2014, so it’s been around just long enough to gain a good reputation in the area, and for good reason as I found out on my visit there awhile back. It is owned and run by a former Overland Park firefighter who has a history of successful BBQ competition, as well as cooking for his fellow firefighters on a regular basis!
The place is tucked away at 10400 Mastin St. (just NE of the Hwy 69/I-435 interchange) in a location you’d have to be looking for to find, but it’s worth the effort to get there as far as I can tell. While it sits in an unassuming strip mall, the inside of Fireside is neatly decorated with lots of firefighting related memorabilia and décor (notice the lights are made out of fire extinguishers) that you’d just have to see in person to appreciate.
On my recent stop there, I had a sandwich with pulled pork and pork sausage on it, and added a couple rib bones to my meal ($2.45 each) just for good measure. I’m glad I did, as the ribs were terrific. All the meats were served dry, and tasted great. They paired well with the different sauces they had to offer. The fries were excellent too (and also good with all the sauces). I really can’t say enough that this place is a hidden gem that deserves to be held in the same regard as many of the other top BBQ joints around the area.