Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Winslow's City Market Barbecue

KANSAS CITY: Winslow's City Market Barbecue
20 E 5th St
Kansas City, MO 64106
Open M-Tues 11-3, W-Thur 11-8, F-Sat 11-1am, Sun 11-8

Winslow's is situated on the edge of Kansas City's City Market. The area is a large Farmer's Market with most of its activity on Saturday. This Saturday was no different, and the area was hoppin'. We hadn't planned to eat here, and it wasn't on the itinerary, but as we walked by it to get to the market, we knew we had to stop in. One side of this place is a bar, whose patrons gave us and our stroller quite a look as we passed through to the back dining room. Once in the dining area, we ordered up some brisket, ribs, fries and slaw.

This was the closest to Texas 'cue that we had in KC. The brisket was thick cut with a deep bark and a thick smoke ring. There was a good deal of smoke around the edges, but not much had penetrated into the moist and tender slices. Overall, it was a pretty good brisket. Ribs were also good, but could have been more well rendered. The crust had plenty of smokey bite, an the meat was moist and flavorful. The sauce was thick with an odd perfumey flavor, but the meat didn't need it. Sides were passable, but forgettable. If you're visiting the City Market, you could do worse than stopping in here for a bite, or a drink.

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.