B.B.'s Lawnside BBQ - Kansas City, Missouri
Lindsay Shannon has hosted the Kansas City Blues Show on KCFX 101 The Fox since 1987. Three years after starting the show, he and his wife Jo, opened B.B.'s Lawnside BBQ in Kansas City, Missouri. B.B.'s provides a unique mix of Kansas City BBQ, Louisiana influenced side dishes and the blues. There is live music six evenings a week and Saturday afternoon.
The pork ribs at B.B.'s are my favorite, but I like most dishes and I enjoy the authentic roadhouse setting and the Louisiana twist on the food which Jo Shannon brings to the restaurant. This is a wonderful setting to enjoy Kansas City BBQ. Because of the tobacco smoke, for years I got my food from B.B.'s to go, but since Kansas City, Missouri went smoke free, that is no longer necessary.
If you want to avoid the cover charge, visit B.B.'s for lunch or early supper, before the entertainment sets up. If you arrive before the entertainment, finish you meal and decide you would like to stay you can always pay the cover then. If you go on Saturday afternoon when there is live music, there is no cover charge.
I enjoy B.B.'s red beans & rice, gumbo and jambalaya. They are dishes which travel well and I get a pint of one of those to take home rather than eat them in. My favorite dish is the B.B.'s Lawnside King Combo - four pork ribs, Italian sausage and the choice of beef, ham, turkey or pulled pork. The special is served with two sides for $21.95. It is an enormous amount of meat, often served with more than the minimum 4 ribs and I always have meat to take home from the meal.
The fresh cut, battered fries appear to be the most popular side dish at B.B.'s. The thick cut wedges are usually a little less done than I like, but I love some of the slimmer ones. My favorite side is the skillet fries, which are 3/4 inch long chucks of the same wedges, cooked in a skillet with a spicy seasoning. It is one of my favorite sides at any Kansas City barbecue restaurant.
B.B.'s BBQ sauce is made from scratch. There are two sweet sauces, based on ketchup, apple juice and vinegar. They are thinner than many local sauces and not ones which I buy to take home. The spicy sauce differs only in having a little cayenne pepper added to the regular sauce and it can take several bites to figure out which one is which.
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