If you ask what Kansas City is known for, my guess the answer you would receive is "Barbeque". That is certainly the answer that you would get from members of my family. Now, agreeing on where to get the best barbeque or which is the best sauce....well....opinions will differ.
Our son, Thomas, would tell you it is from a restaurant in Kansas City, Kansas, found in a gas station, called Oklahoma Joe's. Food is tasty, the sauce is spicy (which he loves), and the ambiance is unique. The lines for lunch begin shortly after 11:00am and do not slow down till almost 2:00pm.
My brother-in-law, Bill Kunkel's favorite is Hayward's. The sauce has a kick and is not sweet like some sauces tend to be. The owner, Hayward Spears, opened his first restaurant in Overland Park back in 1972. It was quite close to our house so when people came in from out-of-town my father would take us all to Hayward's. The food truly is good but the memories are even better.
Now if you were to ask my husband, David, or my brother, Jeff, my bet is that they would want the grill, a good cut of meat, and some bbq sauce from Jack Stack. If you noticed, no mention was made of weather conditions. They are true BBQ men...who cares if it is raining or there is a foot of snow! There is bbq to be made and they are the one's to make it!! No complaints here as I do enjoy the fruits of their labor.
True, there are more BBQ restaurants in the greater Kansas City area (more than 100) but that is for another day.