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Overland Park – Brobeck’s

Brobeck’s BBQ in Overland Park is a place I first heard of as I talked with a friend that grew up around Louisburg, KS. He told me of a place that used to be on Metcalf, near Stillwell, KS that burned down years ago, but all the people in the area thought it was the best BBQ around. He went on to tell me they moved up to Overland Park after the fire and opened back up. It took me a bit by surprise, because I’d lived here a few years at the time and had never heard of the place.

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I looked them up, and there they were, nestled in a small strip mall near the Overland Park Convention Center. They are just north of I-435, on the east side of Roe Ave. Brobeck’s BBQ doesn’t apparently advertise heavily, since I’d never even heard of them, but apparently they don’t have to. I went in there awhile back a little ahead of noon, and felt lucky just to get a place to sit down it was so busy!

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I did my homework before I went and had read several times that their ribs were to die for, so I made sure to try those on the visit. I have to say they did not disappoint. You can see from the picture that there is a nice crust of dry rub on them, and a beautiful pink color to the meat. Some people might have found them to be a bit dry, but they were about perfect to my taste. They were as tender as ribs get, and the dry rub gave the meat all the added flavor it could ever need. The pulled pork was average at best, but the steak fries were awesome! I’d say the long story short for this place is you come for the ribs, but stay for the ribs!

Until next time,
Mike

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Hiawatha – Gus’

While out on the road for work a few weeks ago I ran into beautiful Hiawatha, Kan., to grab a bite for lunch. I decided to go to a place I’d been to before and liked, a place called Gus’ in downtown Hiawatha.

I walked up to the door and saw that pulled pork was the special that day, and became immediately intrigued. I asked the waitress about the pulled pork, and it turns out it’s something the owner has recently gotten into doing. While it was the “special” that day, it is available most other days, but there are no guarantees, due to possible supply shortages.

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I decided to take the bait and try the pulled pork. I chose the pulled pork tacos with chips as my meal. I figured I might as well step outside the box and try something besides the usual white bread bun with my pulled pork.

The tacos were very good it turns out. They were nothing but pulled pork, BBQ sauce and freshly cooked onion straws in a soft taco. While some people might prefer other additions to the taco, I found it to be fine the way it was. The meat was very good, as it was not just some overcooked gruel spooned from a crockpot, but rather real, smoked pork shoulder that had been separated by the use of human hands using metal utensils!

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Walking away that day, I felt like I would gladly come back to Gus’ and eat the pulled pork again, which usually means they’re doing something right. Feel free to give it a try if you’re up that way sometime!

Until next time,
Mike

Manhattan – Coco Bolos

Coco Bolos has always been one of my Manhattan favorites. Located in a small building on the northwest corner of Aggieville, it has a unique southern flair. According to their website, the atmosphere includes “tastes from the Gulf Coast, South Texas and Southern New Mexico.” However, it’s certainly not a traditional Mexican restaurant.

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Some of their pork menu offerings include chili verde and chili con carne, both featuring pork shoulder, and thai pan bbq pork. I chose to eat Bud’s Cuban grilled pork sandwich. This was a deliciously spicy sandwich featuring seasoned pork shoulder slices on a grilled bun. It also came with a side salad and a wonderful homemade dressing.

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I enjoyed my meal on a nice warm heated covered patio, watching the game on the big screen TV’s.

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The owners of Coco Bolos also own the popular Manhattan barbecue restaurant Cox Brothers. I would encourage you to try out both of these establishments the next time you are in Manhattan.

Until next time,
Chris

Overland Park – Smokey’s on the Blvd BBQ

Among the new wave of BBQ joints that opened last year in Johnson County is a place called “Smokey’s on the Blvd BBQ” over on Metcalf, just south of 143rd St. in Overland Park. I finally went over there today to try some of that BBQ I kept hearing good things about from others.

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Smokey’s is a lively little place in a strip mall that has a full service menu that remains surprisingly simple. To me, it is a welcome addition to the area, as there hasn’t been a quality BBQ joint in that neighborhood for quite awhile as far as I can tell. It’s an area chock-full of sports bars and upscale fast food places that had no good “mom and pop” high quality ‘que being served until about a year ago when Smokey’s opened.

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I ordered the combo plate that came with 2 meats (add $1.00 for ribs) and a side, so I (of course) chose pork ribs and pulled pork. The ribs were very good I thought, and were well-seasoned with a very flavorful dry rub. The ribs had just a small amount of Smokey’s cream-based BBQ sauce on them, which added a nice flavor without taking over. The pulled pork had the same rub on it I think, and it went well there too, as it did on the ribs. The pulled pork was smokey and had some crispy bark on it which made for a nice flavor. For my side, I chose the “spicy” fries. They were hand cut fries that were perfectly cooked, and they had been sprinkled with the dry rub as well, which made them even more delicious!

Long story short is Smokey’s seems to be worth the time it takes to visit it. They are cooking up classic KC style BBQ in an area that I’d jokingly deemed a “BBQ Desert” in the past, which is good news to all those parched souls looking to quench their BBQ thirst in southern Overland Park!

Until next time,
Mike

Overland Park – Jon Russell’s Barbeque

I was looking for a place to take my wife out dinner in the Kansas City area and found Jon Russell’s Barbeque. Jon Russell’s Barbeque is a newer restaurant located at the corner of 135th Street and Quivera in the Prairie Center Shopping Center in Overland Park. Kansas.  According to their website, they are “micro-smokehouse” which is a fancy way of saying that the restaurant is too small.  JonRussel's1You certainly can’t fit a large crowd here, but if there are only a few of you, it’s worth checking out. Owners Russell Muehlberger and Jon Niederbremer are award winning competition cooks with over twenty years of experience and an American Royal win! JohnRussell's3Pretty impressive credentials, but it shows in the quality of the food. The meat certainly rivals that of the best Kansas City Barbecue Society competitive barbecue teams. JohnRussell's4The ribs were fantastic and their side dishes were good also.  If you like great Kansas City Style Barbeque, check this place out!

Until next time,
Chris

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Ottawa – Smoked Creations

I’ve found that passing through a town at lunch time (and having some time on your hands) is a great way to discover some hidden treasures in the restaurant industry. That is exactly what allowed me to find Smoked Creations a few weeks ago, nestled in an old storefront in the recently budding mom and pop restaurant scene in downtown Ottawa, KS.

Smoked Creations. pic courtesy of visitottawakansas.com

Picture courtesy of visitottawakansas.com.

“Smoked Creations” offers up some authentic KC style BBQ just as you would expect, but also throws in some twists on the standard ‘que you’ll find at most BBQ joints. I think one of the main reasons is the owner/cook actually worked for years in Mexican restaurant kitchens before he took on this challenge, so you’re going to get a few alternatives to the old brisket or pork on white bread (such as the pulled pork chimichanga).

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One of those exceptions was a delicious little thing called the “BBQ Tornado”. When I saw it on the menu I knew I needed to try it. The BBQ Tornado is pulled pork and BBQ sauce rolled in a tortilla and deep fried (see picture). My only advice is to let it cool a bit before eating it if you value your tongue.

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One cannot survive on BBQ Tornadoes alone, so when I saw a sandwich on the menu called “Pig Out”, I of course ordered it too, partly because of the name, but mostly because it is pulled pork, bacon, smoked cheddar, and pickles on Telera bread. I probably don’t need to explain how good this sandwich was, as the ingredients speak for themselves, but I’ll go ahead and tell you, it was good.

Not only were the meats good, but the Cajun fries were amazingly good as well (think “Five Guys” fries).  In my short experience at Smoked Creations I was very impressed, and would gladly go back, perhaps to try that “Pulled Pork Chimichanga”!

– Mike

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