As we should be, Kansas City is all over a list out last evening on Yahoo! News about the nation's "Best and Worst Barbecue":
First up is
I'd never heard of it.
What they had to say about it:
"Tangy and sweet, well balanced, and lots of flavor," said one taster, and just about everyone else agreed.
Cattlemen’s had a nice blend of spice and a hint of brown sugar, but one taster found it "mono-dimensional."
Next up was
And they said:
The original Kansas City barbecue sauce, this one still stands tall among the pack. Heavy on the smoke and not too sweet, spicy, or acidic, the only negative was that the smokiness was a bit too overpowering for some.
Now, to be clear, these are the ones the rated:
KC Masterpiece, Stubb’s, Hunt’s, Bull’s-Eye, Sweet Baby Ray’s, Cattlemen’s Reserve, Kraft, Open Pit, Jack Daniel's, or pitmaster Brad Orrison’s new line called The Shed.
And that, right there, to me, makes the whole thing suspect. Very suspect, at that.
You rated corporate barbecue like Kraft and Hunt's?
Are you kidding me?
Where's all the Texas and North Carolina and Memphis brands and styles, let alone Bryant's and all the others that SHOULD be on this list?
And then, too, they only rated 8 sauces.
And again, they expect to be taken seriously.
The good news is Kansas City is on the list.
The bad news is that the list sucks and really can't be given any validity.