I have been living in KC now for 4 years. At first, the locals raved about BBQ and I thought, "How much BBQ can someone have?" Now, over the past 4 years, I now own two smokers, have had another one, and continuously learn.
Here are my picks for KC BBQ:
-Note: I am not listing these as the best five; more so as these are all good, but just what you are in the mood for!
1. American Royal BBQ - just plain awesome!
2. Jack Stack - for a great meal with great ambience go to either Martin City or OP
3. LC's - plain, old BBQ; no frills! If you go, check out LC's "office".
4. Arthur Bryant's - either downtown or by Kansas Speedway