Don’t be turned off by the fast-food trappings in this chain; the pits here are for real, and the stellar burnt ends and ribs, especially when spiked with spoonfuls of cumin-laced, almost marinara-like sauce, make it a must for anyone touring to the heart of K.C. ‘cue.
1221 Brooklyn Avenue, Kansas City, MO; 816/483-3880;gatesbbq.com
Photo courtesy of Gates Bar-B-Q, Article: Matt Lee and Ted Lee
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