John Brown Smokehouse
Last Updated May 10, 2018
Why We Love It: Surprise! This Queens blogger was born in Kansas City. The smell of the namesake smoke inside John Brown Smokehouse conjures my favorite childhood food memories. Owner and Kansas City native Josh Bowen runs a solid BBQ joint. The decor nods to beloved KC sports teams, the Royals and the Chiefs. Boulevard Beer is on tap and there are rolls of paper towels on the tables to wipe up messy sauces (argue if you must, but real BBQ has sauce). I recommend the chunky, charred beef burnt ends and the innovative KC-meets- NYC pastrami. The meats and sides are great for carry out. This is real barbecue, best enjoyed on John Brown's patio after googling whether downtown Kansas City is in Kansas or Missouri.