Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Woodyard Bar-B-Que

KANSAS CITY: Woodyard Bar-B-Que
3001 Merriam Ln
Kansas City, KS 66106
Open M 10:30-6, Tues-Sat 10:30-8

The Woodyard's quaint atmosphere was as inviting as it was promising. You must walk right past the brisk pit to get into the front door of this converted house. Ordering is done at a small counter, then you're free to take your plate to any of the rooms for dining. We chose the back room with a small television in one corner, and church pew running the length of the opposite wall serving as seating for two tables.

Digging into the basket of meat, it was obvious they were on to something with the chicken and beans. The beans had a combination of sweetness and smokiness with bits of meat throughout. As for the chicken, the skin was crisp and flavorful while the meat beneath was smoky and moist. The rest of the meats weren't so good. Brisket tasted of deli cold cuts, sausage was Eckrich grade, and the ribs were shy on meat and moisture. These dry bones had little flavor or smokiness either.

The burnt ends had decent flavor, but much like we sampled at Gates, these weren't true burnt ends, but rather the carved off crust from many briskets. Needless to say, the Woodyard failed to deliver on its potential.

Rating **
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Each joint is judged on the essence of Texas 'cue...sliced brisket and pork ribs. Sausage is only considered if house made. Sauce is good, but good meat needs no adornment to satisfy. Each review can only be based on specific cuts of meat on that particular day. Finally, if the place fries up catfish or serves a caesar salad, then chances are they aren't paying enough attention to the pits, so we mostly steered clear.