Slap's BBQ - Kansas City, Kansas
Slap's BBQ in the Strawberry Hill neighborhood of Kansas City, Kansas has been very popular since opening in June 2014. We first went to Slap's a few months later, but there was a long line standing in the rain. Since then, we have twice gone within minutes of their 11AM opening time and there have been just 4-8 people waiting in line ahead of us. Better yet, we have been able to get seats even though the small dining room has only 6 tables.
Three members of the Squeal Like a Pig BBQ competitive barbecue team opened the restaurant and the team is competing much less often since its opening.
For my first meal, I ordered the $14.99 burnt ends combo plate, plus two ribs for $4. The combo comes with the choice of two sides and I went with fries and cheesy corn.
My favorite item, by far, was the ribs. They actually gave me three rather small ribs. They were tender and had an excellent slightly smoky flavor that had been well seasoned by rub or marinade. The sausage was also very good. The large chunks of burnt ends were the least exciting meat. They tasted good, but were more mildly seasoned than is typical in Kansas City burnt ends.
The fries were lightly battered and the only part of the meal which I didn't bother to finish. The cheesy corn needed just a touch of salt to be very good.
The meats were served dry (without sauce), and sauce was available in a squeeze bottle on the table. The sauce is the most unusual thing about this barbecue. It is a thin, very sweet sauce like that served with some appetizers in Chinese or Thai restaurants. While it may have its fans, I believe they could use a second, less sweet sauce. Fortunately the meats were good without sauce.
Linda joined me for the second visit. This time we managed to sample many of the other items on the menu. The brisket (which we were told is their most popular meat) was dry and just OK. The person carving the meat had added au jus to the pulled pork and it was much better.
The sweet sauce went well with the smoked turkey, though that is the only meat which I would use the sauce on. The baked beans were meaty, but a bit too sweet for both of our tastes, but Slap's offers jalapeno pepper slices if you have the beans and I thought the peppers made the beans very good.
The ribs were still good this time, but could have used more rub in their preparation (or a different sauce). The sausage was our favorite item, hands down.
The cashier came around to talk to us during the meal and explained that she was the mother of the brothers who are two of the three owners. She is a real estate agent and her work schedule provides the flexibility to let her help out during the four hours Slaps is open each day. She brought us samples of their hushpuppies and the house cheese spread for dipping. The hushpuppies tasted good and added a nice, slightly crispy texture to the meal. She also said that the Slap's team is working on a spicier sauce.
"Slap's" is formed from the first letters of Squeal Like A Pig.
copyright 2015 by Keith Stokes