August 30, 2017

KC BBQ-Two Ways

Before I start blabbing about barbecue, I want to say that I'm so glad the sun finally came out in Houston today after the terrible storms from Harvey. My heart goes out to my friends and family and the entire city. And don't forget to donate if you can:  http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/08/28/546745827/looking-to-help-those-affected-by-harvey-here-s-a-list

So in my short two weeks officially living in Kansas City, I made it my mission to grab a cone of burnt ends ice cream (aka barbecue ice cream) before summer came to an end. When I saw this Instagram post, I knew I had to quickly grab some before it disappeared.

Betty Rae's Ice Cream debuted this inventive flavor in July for National Ice Cream Day. It incorporated the popular Joe's Kansas City Bar-be-que original sauce with caramel sauce, which was mixed into a plain ice cream flavor with candied burnt ends pieces.

Barbecue ice cream may sound a little unpleasant but I was intrigued. It was a little smoky, sweet and chewy from the candied bacon-like barbecue bits. And it all worked together to make for a unique summer treat.
Then I thought I should consume the real barbecue burnt ends from Joe's Kansas City Bar-be-que (the artist formerly known as Oklahoma Joe's) as my introduction to KC barbecue. Burnt Ends are a cut of beef brisket that became famous in KC. The fatty ends of the brisket were once used as scraps but then people soon realized the goodness of these bits. Now they are a hot commodity and are only served a limited amount of time during the week at Joe's.
Smoky, peppery, flavorful, tender and super delicious---KC barbecue, you're wonderful!!!

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