Kansas City in Platte County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Home of BBQ
On a warm summer evening in Kansas City, you can develop an appetite just driving down the street. That’s because this unofficial “Home of Barbecue” boasts more than 90 barbecue-devoted restaurants, as well as numerous BBQ cookoffs, and a whole contingent of BBQ aficionados who work their magic out of converted oil drums and charcoal kettles (serious barbecuers never, ever use gas grills) on neighborhood sidewalks and in their own backyards.
The city owes its barbecue addiction and its “Home of BBQ” nickname to the African-Americans who rode the rails from the South at the turn of the 20th century. At the time, packinghouse jobs were most prevalent, and, at day’s end, the cheapest cuts of meat went home with the workers. They discovered that Kansas City’s native hickory trees made excellent smoking chips, and our bumper crop of tomatoes made the ideal base for a good sauce.
Smokers sprang up in backyards all over town, and in 1916, Henry Perry, known as the “father of barbecue,” opened the first barbecued meat store on 19th Street. Slabs of ribs were grilled in pits and sold for 25 cents each, and the locals said Perry’s sauce was so hot, it was said to have made first-time customers gasp.
Today, Perry would be facing plenty of competition around town, each one with its
Erected by Kansas City International Airport. (Marker Number B6.)
Location. 39° 18.822′ N, 94° 42.241′ W. Marker is in Kansas City, Missouri, in Platte County. Touch for map. Marker is at Passenger Kiosk B6, in Economy Parking Lot B, at Kansas City International Airport, 601 Brasilia Avenue. Marker is in this post office area: Kansas City MO 64153, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hale: The Firepole (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); KC: On Flight (about 400 feet away); Mouse Tale (about 400 feet away); Art and Soul (about 500 feet away); Football Fever (about 500 feet away); Atkins Gift (about 500 feet away); The Country Club Plaza (about 500 feet away); Rail Center (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kansas City.
More about this marker. The Economy Parking Lots' passenger kiosks each have unique historical markers and flashy artwork to help passengers remember where they parked.
Also see . . .
1. Brief History of KC Barbeque. (Submitted on June 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Kansas City Barbeque Society. (Submitted on June 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Henry Perry, KC BBQ Hall of Fame. (Submitted on June 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • African Americans • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 489 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.