Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Up In Smoke

We're from Kansas City
We adore BBQ
Kansas City style BBQ

So did my family . . . 

As a child, my family favored Bryant's
Often on a Saturday night, Dad would bring home a slab of ribs
We all were in heaven!

Jim, on the other hand,

prefers Gates

Those are the "granddaddies" of KC BBQ

And high on both of our list is:

Which got it's start as Smokestack
located on Troost,
we didn't often get ribs there
but we did get the 89er
(called that because it cost 89 cents!)
And a side of beans!

The son of the owner took the Smokestck BBQ one giant step forward
into a small regional chain of restaurants
"Jack Stack"
But they have the same beans!

Because it's at the south end of Johnson County, we go there 
more often than other BBQ places

Last week was BBQ week at Linderhof

When we have company, it's the dining room
(Which in my opinion, is a bit formal for BBQ)
No tablecloth, BBQ is messy
No cloth napkins, BBQ is messy

But the blue and white plates and Jim's grandmother's cutlery

It was rib night
We had another couple over
A couple who love ribs
(Well, he especially does)
So we did a whole slab each
(and they took their leftover slab home!)

Husband Jim used Oklahoma Joe's rib rub

And slow smokes to perfection
We prefer spareribs rather than baby backs
(A bit more fat but also a bit more meat)

Grandmother's coleslaw
(that oil and sugar and vinegar kind with celery seeds)

Smokestack's Baked Beans
(they published the recipe long ago in the Kansas City newspaper)
Slow cooked as well until they're almost caramelized

For dessert with friends:

pecan pie
the husband's favorite
And they were our guests

Two days later, another slab of ribs (not each -- just one)
for my brother and his friend

Same sides -- BBQ calls for baked beans and coleslaw
(and if you have a potato -- fries)
(But Jack Stack has a cheesy corn that's also good with BBQ -- I have the recipe but don't make it nearly as often as I do the beans.    For not everyone likes corn)


Fresh blueberry pie
(My brother's favorite fruit pie)

Thick slices and coffee rounded out the meal.

Husband Jim is back in the garden again
Smoke two pork butts
for a thank you luncheon for the volunteers of a fundraiser I co-chaired in March

I do sometimes wonder why we even bother to eat BBQ out --
Jim's is great BBQ!


Kathy said...

Your menus never disappoint! Looks so, so good.

Lottie said...

O My Goodness! Everything looks so good! Great pecan pie!