I just got back from a day in KC, and it was everything I had hoped for. It was my first trip their since I became a BBQ fanatic AND married a girl from KC, so the Q was my top priority. Her family swears by LC's in Raytown, so we went there and I enjoyed their combo plate (ribs, brisket, sliced pork). It was the best BBQ I have ever had in a restaurant!
Since I am now (and always knew I'd be) hooked on KC BBQ, it was a shame I was only there a day. Luckily my hotel was a couple of blocks from Danny Edwards Eat It and Beat It and they whipped me up a special plate to take back to California with me, burnt ends, ribs, ham and chicken! When I got home I was blown away, it was just a good as LC's, even after the trip.
I recommend both these places and the staff, my wife tells me, at Eat It and Beat It are the nicest in KC. I married a great woman, and boy am I glad she's from KC! We've already bought our plane tickets for the Royal!