A Little BBQ Joint

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, so I wanted to get this down before I forgot. Today my dad and I went to A Little BBQ Joint in Independence Missouri. I have been here a few times before, but this was dad’s first visit. The decor screams dive, but the food they turn out is simply amazing.

We started out with the bacon chips which were absolutely delicious. It is thick cut bacon that has been smoked for hours and is served with toothpicks.   This picture does not do it justice.

For the lunch portion, my dad got the senior special, which is a small sandwich, aside, and a drink for under $7. I got the one meat dinner plate. Dad opted for ham on his sandwich, while I opted for the pulled pork. Sadly, I did not capture any pictures of this, because I was too hungry.  

With my dinner plate, I had the choice of two sides. I picked the warm potato salad and baked beans. The warm potato salad was so amazing I saved it for last. The beans were sweet, so it added a good balance to all the savory items on my plate.

Dad was impressed with how good all the food was, and when we got back to Mom and Dad’s house, he bragged about how good it was to Mom. I have a feeling they will be planning a trip out there soon. As for me, tomorrow is not soon enough to go back. In my humble opinion, this is top 3 on my list of good BBQ in Kansas City.

The reason I first stumbled upon this place was a friend’s band (JD Summers Band) was playing there.  There is a deck area they have tricked out that is perfect for concerts.  It is a perfect place to spend a spring, summer or fall evening.  

If you’re in the area, make sure to check out a little barbecue joint. You will not be disappointed.  

Mom’s Birthday

I am a little late posting this, but I wanted to share this with you all.  My mom’s birthday was last weekend.  We celebrated it with a nacho bar and sopapilla cheesecake.  We got rave reviews all around.

For dinner, mom wanted bbq.  I knew just the place.  I had been to Q39 before and also had it catered in at work.  This was my mom, dad, and aunt’s first visit.  As always, the place was packed.  Everyone had gotten there before me, so they already had the table.  Lucky for them, I didn’t even need to look at the menu to know what I wanted to stuff in my face.

I ordered the mr burns sandwich with a side of beans.  The sandwich consists of juicy burnt ends, melty pepperjack cheese, slightly spicy chipotle bbq sauce, and perfectly golden brown fried onion straws.  It is epic in size as well as taste.  The beans taste more like chili than what most people think of as bbq beans.  They have a bit of a kick to them, but worth it.

Everyone enjoyed their meals, and agreed that it was one of the best in KC.  If you are in the area, and looking for some good bbq, stop in at the Q.  Trust me, you will love it.

Crockpot chicken

My roommate and friend Megan made this amazing crock pot chicken for us the other night and I just had to share the recipe.  This will forever be my go to recipe for chicken.

Epic Crockpot Chicken

Ingredients:

– 4 tsp salt

– 1 tsp cayenne pepper

– 2 tsp smoked paprika

– 1 tsp ground thyme

– 1 tsp black pepper

– 3 Tbsp. minced garlic (we use the jarred stuff)

– Whole Chicken

– medium onion

-lemon juice

Instructions:

Combine salt, cayenne pepper, paprika, thyme, white pepper, black pepper, and garlic. Rub the mix all over the chicken. 

Place your seasoned chicken in the crockpot and douse it with lemon juice. Cut up onion in big chunks, and spread on top of chicken

Cover and cook on low for 8 hours (or high for 4 hours).

Remove chicken and let it rest for 10 minutes before serving, or immediately devour. ****Caution—it will be boiling lava hot****

Serve with vegetables if desired.

Old favorites

Yesterday I got the pleasure of introducing a new friend to an old favorite.  We hopped in the car and took a cruise down north oak.  The building doesn’t look like much from the outside, but one inside, you are hit with the intoxicating smell of fried food.  Yes friends, we were at in a tub.

In a tub is a famous Northland staple.  For years, my family has enjoyed their unique tex mex fare.  On this particular trip, we enjoyed tacos and fried mushrooms.  We both chose the meat and cheese tacos with extra hot sauce. 

The tacos are filled with beef and cheese, clipped, deep fried, then filled with lettuce and topped with powdered cheese (similar to Kraft mac and cheese powder).  The mushrooms are battred and deep fried to golden perfection.  We left full and satiated.  

My recommendation is to take a drive down north oak, and try some for yourself.  You can thank me later.

Coconut Crazy

I decided to try my hand at some crock pot recipes.  The first was Coconut chicken curry.  The second was a Thai soup called Tom Kha Gai.  Both were easy to prepare, as good crock pot dishes should be.  The smells it made in the house were mouthwatering.  Once they were done and had cooled off slightly, I dove in.

 

The soup seemed to be missing something.  I did not have the fresh ginger, so I used ground ginger.  I believe that was the missing ingredient.  It was a little bland for me, so next time, I plan on adding some chili paste.  Also, I need to cut the tofu in smaller pieces, and reduce the amount of lemongrass.  The coconut milk looked like it had curdled, but it did not effect the flavor.

 

The chicken had great flavor.  I paired it with plain white rice.  Next time I will try it with basmati rice.  It had a very good and complex flavor.  It was also missing the heat one would expect from a curry, but I plan on adjusting that next time as well.

 

As for my first exploration into cooking Asian style, I think I picked two easy dishes.  I can not wait to try them again with the tweaks I mentioned.  The recipes are solid, I just need to suit them to my taste buds.