[As someone who has eaten in a wide range of KC's best Greashouses, and also as someone who will be back in town for Christmas, and who will be looking for some new places to tuck in, I would be interested in getting some specific examples of how the Black/White 'Que breaks down in your mind.
Arthur Bryant's, Gates, LC's are obvious representatives of the Black Barbecue experience. Any others? How about the other, 'paler' side of the coin?
We're in town from the 20th through the 30th. We have our favorites that are 'must' visits. But we'll also be looking for some new spots to explore.
So whaddaya think bill?
P.S. Sorry to all for the temporary hijack of this thread. Thank you for your indulgence.
B.Hey buddy, we actually discussed some of this here: http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=8881#137815
Since I'm an expat, this is where Z and Keith need to weigh in. Have you ever been to smokin' guns, ribdog's buddies?
Haven't been to Smokin' Guns yet, but based on numerous mentions here at Roadfood, it is now on the list. As for the Black/White Barbecue issue, the thread in this link is more an overall review of places visited by the original poster. Good reviews, but he doesn't really go in depth with the specific concept of the differences that might be spurred by cultural or racial backgrounds.
You mention noticing these differences "growing up" in KC. Are any of these places that you had in mind still in business? Do you have any specific recollections about which places served which styles. I'm not trying to put you on the spot here. I'm genuinely interested in learning more about those differences and, where possible, sampling same.
There is a newer place down the road from LC's called Big T's. I have not eaten there but was told it is definitely of the black bbq variety.
Growing up we had particular preferences. For brisket and pork, I liked the black kind. Arthur Bryant's and Boyd's were our favorites. AB is of course still around, Boyd's is long gone. Oscar's was another example of black bbq, also long gone. Black bbq seemed spicier and somewhat fattier than the white versions, like Bill said.
For chicken and ribs, I was partial to the white bbq. Rosedale, Quick's and another place in KCK whose name I can't remember. It's gone, too.
These days I've narrowed it down to LC's for black, Oklahoma Joe's for white, although I try to get to Smokin' Guns ocassionally and Woodyard for the white kind. If Oklahoma Joe's wasn't 5 minutes from my house I'd probably drive to NKC to Smokin' Guns. I think they're really good.