This may be my most controversial post on Reepicheep to date, I hope not to offend or lose readers as a result...
Barbecue is an art, not just a method for cooking meat. Barbecue is not "barbecuing". Barbecue is the word used to describe the whole complex of activities associated with smoking and eating various meats. In simple terms, barbecue is the art of smoking meat a certain way with particular agents and marrying the meat with the right rubs and sauces during the process. Some might have slightly differing definitions, but I have captured the essence.
So, being in a city that boasts some of the finest Barbecue in the country, how would I rank local establishments? I have certainly not been to every Barbecue restaurant in KC so this list is a work in progress (painstaking work!). Right now here are my top 10 BBQ establishments in the greater KC area. I am basing this list solely on the meat/sauce relationship, the fact that Jack Stack has the best baked beans doesn't help it's ranking, though it might make me go there over some more highly ranked establishments. Man those beans are good...
TOP TEN BARBECUE ESTABLISHMENTS IN KANSAS CITY (descending order)
9. Rosedale BBQ
4. Jack Stack