Kansas City BBQ: The 2nd Best Reason to Visit KC

Trip Start Apr 12, 2009
Trip End Apr 25, 2009

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Megan and Justin's House

Flag of United States  , Kansas
Tuesday, April 21, 2009

What an oasis to arrive at Megan and Justin's house after staying in America's Best Value Inn the night before.  Not only does their house not smell like cigarette smoke, but you're able to take your shoes off and not get scared of what might be on the carpet! 

Needless to say, it was soooooo good to stay with them after America's Best Value Inn.  Don't get me wrong, that motel probably was the best value for what we paid and plus, the people in Hays were really nice, but we're just not that keen on the whole lung cancer/germ thing.

We arrived at Justin and Meg's around 6pm after taking Rosie to the vet -- the poor dog probably is going through some kind of existential doggy crisis because not only did we ship her off to the kennel for 4 days when we went to Mexico, we then packed up the only home she's known for the past 2+ years and are bringing her to a new place every single day.  If I were her, I'd be having a breakdown too. 

Her anxiety is manifesting itself with her losing A LOT of fur and also in some kind of skin irritation, so the vet prescribed an antiobiotic and some Benadryl.  She seems to be doing much better and is happier now that she knows we're not going to abandon her at some motel along the highway.  Thank goodness because she was making our car seats look like the floor of a barber shop.

Meg picked up bbq for all of us at Gates BBQ and it was far and away, the SECOND best reason to visit St. Louis (thanks for pointing that out Meg).  But if Meg and Justin weren't such good people, I'd say it'd be the #1 reason to visit St. Louis.  They ordered us a huge spread of ribs, beef, turkey, cole slaw, beans, pickles and Wonder Bread.  Yes I said Wonder Bread and it is glorious if you want to make a BBQ Beef sandwich with cole slaw and pickles and bbq sauce. 

And on top of that, they have about 6 different kinds of bbq sauce -- and just like wine, each sauce has it's own unique and complex personality.  There's Arthur Bryant's sauce, my favorite because it's got some really good tang to it.  Other favorites were Gates sauce and Jack Stack sauce, to name a couple.  I'd like to buy a plot of land in bbq country, open up a bbq saucery and have sauce tastings open to the public some day.

And on top of that, they have a fridge filled to the rim with beer and soda, including Cherry Coke. It was a great night.

It was really great to catch up with Justin and Meg and their 3 wonderful children, Josh, Madeline and Adam.  They are super cute and they fill the whole house with happiness.  The kids took a liking to Rosie and Meg took a liking to Eliza, so much so that she said we could leave the dog and baby with them while we continued our trip.  If they had perhaps offered some more bbq ribs, we might have had a deal.  But last I checked, we still have Eliza and Rosie with us.

After having a great night's sleep and a nice hot shower in the morning, we packed our car in 70 degree weather and said our goodbyes to Meg and family.  We're really hoping we can see them again this summer in Massachusetts or preferably back in St. Louis at a bbq joint.
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