Chicago?!? We may have some high handed opinions about our Pizza, Hot Dogs, and Italian Beef Sandwiches, but if Barbecue ever was a key part of our local food culture, it is no longer quite so prominent. In recent years we've seen a renaissance of decent 'Que make its way back into our city, but nothing we would brag about or even compare to other regional Smoked Meats. We're just happy to have a few respectable
Greasehouses making a modest name for themselves on the local scene.
Chicago? I don't know what Chicagoans you've been talking to, but if they think we've got anything to be snobby about in regard to Barbecue, they are woefully misinformed. They should be happy we've got any worthwhile 'Que here at all and leave it at that.
And as someone who has married into the Kansas City Barbecue culture, I can tell you they do have some good grub down that way.
As someone who loves and embraces Barbecue in all
its regional manifestations, when someone complains about a certain group of people being "snobby" about the product they put out, it makes me think, maybe, that group of people just doesn't like your
product. By labeling them as a PITA, you've effectively alienated a whole group of people who might otherwise have been good customers.
Thanks for saving me the trip.
Good job. Good thread.