The Tastes of USA BBQ: Kansas City Barbecue

The Tastes of USA BBQ:

Kansas City Barbecue

Kansas City BBQ Cave Tools brings you The Tastes of USA BBQ where every other day we are going to take you across the country and show you how barbecue is done differently in notorious barbecue locations. Today we go to Kansas City and offer you guides and ideas on how to barbecue like the pit masters do it in Kansas City. Kansas barbecue style entails using a slow cooking method. There are a variety of meats that Kansas City barbecues with instead one well known type of barbecued meat. Additionally, Kansas City’s BBQ sauce is a different special taste and we will provide Kansas City BBQ recipes on how to make this delicious tangy flavor! Get your pencil and paper ready because these notes will make you become a Kansas City BBQ master.

Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce

Kansas City’s traditional BBQ sauce is typically a tomato based sauce that gives flavors of sweet, spicy and table tastes. Here is a great Kansas City style BBQ sauce that everyone will love: Ingredients:
  • Two tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • Six garlic cloves (smashed)
  • Two tablespoons of tomato paste
  • Tablespoon of chili powder
  • Tablespoon of paprika
  • Teaspoon of crushed red pepper
  • One fourth of a teaspoon of ground allspice
  • Two cups of ketchup
  • Two cups of water
  • Half a cup of cider vinegar
  • One fourth of a cup of dark molasses
  • One fourth of a cup of brown sugar
  • Tablespoon of salt. Pepper and paprika
  • Tablespoon of soy sauce
  • Tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • Two teaspoons of English style dried mustard
  • One bay leaf
Directions: Distribute vegetable oil evenly in a sauce pan and place over a medium heated stove top. Combine garlic, tomato paste, chili powder, allspice and salt/pepper/paprika and stir for 5 minutes.  Then add the rest of the ingredients listed above and adjust your heat so there is a consistent simmer, and continue to cook for 35 more minutes. Make sure to remove the basil leaf before consuming the sauce.

Kansas City Ribs Recipe

Kansas City Ribs Ingredients:
  • Two portions of  pork spare ribs ( 3 pounds each)
  • Two cups of brown sugar
  • Half cup of dry mustard
  • One tablespoon of Cayenne pepper/paprika/salt/pepper/onion powder
Directions: In a bowl, mix the brown sugar and seasonings listed above. Then remove the thin white piece of membrane off of the bone area of the rib portions. Add the rub to the ribs by using a massaging motion to really sink in the flavors and let the seasoning sit for at least an hour. Before cooking, mix the ribs with the Kansas City style BBQ sauce. Slow cooking the ribs is key, so cook the ribs meat side down on a roasting pan. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F and cook the ribs for two and a half to three hours until the meat is so tender it can be easily pierced by a fork. Remember to reapply sauce to the ribs every 30 minutes.  

Kansas City Pulled Pork Recipe

Pulled Pork Recipe Now that you have the sauce, all you need to know is how to handle and treat the pork: Step 1 – For an amazing seasoning, mix brown sugar, paprika, salt, pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder and cayenne pepper (use a tablespoon of each). Step 2 – Cut a two pound pork shoulder in large cubes and mix them around in the seasoning bowl. Step 3 – Add three cups of water to the pork shoulder pieces in a pot. Bring water to a boil and adjust the heat so the water is at a constant simmer. Slow cook the pork for 2 hours. Step 4 – Shred pork by separating the meat with two forks and pull away or use our new Cave Tools shredding tool. Step 5 – Mix pork with Kansas City style BBQ sauce and put the meat on a toasted bun with some pickles and coleslaw for condiments. Enjoy!   Keep a look out for our next coverage on Texas Style BBQ!

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