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Happy National BBQ Month!

What is barbeque? Barbeque, as we define it, is the act of smoking meat slowly at a low temperature. We throw in some hickory shagbark wood and cook the meat through an indirect method. By doing this, we achieve tender and flavorful smoked meat. When you look into the history of barbecue, you’ll find that it started as a way to take tough cuts of meat and turns it into tender and crave-worthy meat! We take great pride in the authentic way we barbecue in each of our restaurants daily: craft barbeque at its finest!

Why is the meat pink? We get this question a lot and we’re proud we do—it means we’re doing it right! Our meat is fully cooked; the pink color you see is called a smoke ring. This is an indication of true slow-smoked barbecue and is a big part of what gives our meat its unique flavor. A smoke ring is a result of chemistry:

Myoglobin is the protein that gives meat its red color. When you burn wood, it creates a gas known as nitrogen dioxide. The gas dissolves on the wet surface of the meat and binds with the myoglobin. The smoke locks in that prized pink color. The pink smoke ring occurs only on the outside edge of the meat because the nitrogen gas absorbs from the outside in.–Julia Warren,

Pretty cool, right?

It’s not burnt …it’s just bark! Bark is the delicious, jerky-like crust that forms on the outside of smoked meat from the combination of smoke, seasoning, and low and slow heat. This forms on the outside and not the inside of meat because it is exposed to both direct heat and oxygen during the smoking process. We love bark so much that we started serving our delicious “full-cut” brisket last year, where we leave all the trimmings on our brisket for extra bark and flavor. Mmm… bark…

Winning the Best Brisket at the Kansas City American Royal BBQ Society Championship. It all officially started in 1999 when an award-winning barbeque competition team put their closely guarded recipes and techniques together to found City Barbeque. Since then, we follow the same process—everything smoked on-site by KCBS certified judges—to serve our meats that’d “score a 9” (the highest score you can receive in the KCBS American Royal). We pride ourselves on consistency and authenticity—it’s our passion!

What region of BBQ does City Barbeque represent? Our menu is inspired by the best barbecue we’ve found, and continue to discover as we “research” (i.e. barbeque-eating marathons) around the country, but as artisans ourselves, we have also added our own creativity to the process. You’ll certainly catch hints of Texas, Kansas City, North Carolina, and Memphis in our ‘que, but if you ask us what region it represents? It represents the region in which you are eating it because that’s where it was created! Each pitmaster in our joints is responsible for the wholesome, delicious, real barbecue you will enjoy. No doubt, folks get pretty riled up when you mention which region has the best BBQ, but we love, respect, and are inspired by all styles! We don’t think great barbecue should be limited by geography. Be proud—you are eating some of the best barbecue anywhere.

Ribs: fall off the bone VS bite off the bone? Our ribs are rubbed with our exclusive seasoning blend, then slowly smoked to meet the rigid competition standards for “bite off the bone” ribs. Also, our ribs are pork, and the cut is referred to as St. Louis–cut. We serve this type because, through our smoking techniques, we can give you a large, tender, meaty rib. Some places parboil or bake ribs to quickly make them “fall off the bone,” but we strive for a score of 9 “bite off the bone” rib.