Kansas City, the largest city in Missouri, straddles the Kansas–Missouri state line. A thriving port where the Missouri and Kansas rivers join, the city is known for its long tradition of jazz, breweries and distinctive barbecue style. In the 1920s, Kansas City earned a reputation as a renowned stockyard and meat-packing city, an ideal destination for pitmasters eager to work. They created an eclectic barbecue culture recognized globally. Rubbed with spices, slow-smoked over various woods and served with a thick, tomato-based sauce, KC barbecue’s smoky goodness attracts visitors around the globe.

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