There is something so primal about barbecue: cooking meat with wood, that makes you want to lose the utensils. Every time we visit a barbecue joint, expect me to roll up my sleeves, wiggle my fingers and just dive into the abyss of deliciousness.
Barbecue is primal and just an easy going eating ritual. Nothing fancy as barbecue joints are designed like wood sheds with tables, chairs and a cashier. You usually eat your smoked meat on butcher paper or disposable plates. You can even come in your pajamas if you wanted to!
So when we came into one of Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue locations in Kansas City, lo and behold! There were romantic dim lights, black leather booths and table and silverware wrapped in a cloth napkin no less. Gasp!
But then they still served the same old barbecue: pork ribs – baby back and spare ribs, brisket, famous Kansas City burnt ends. They also had other more “premium” barbecue offerings like Flintstone big beef ribs, crown prime beef ribs and lamb ribs.
They also had steaks, grilled fish and a lot more. I don’t even want to bother with those because we came for the barbecue anyway.
And so we ordered a Jack’s Best platter, which included a crown prime beef rib, burnt ends and ribs, plus sides of beans, coleslaw, fries and a slice of Texas toast, and a bowl of burnt ends beef stew, the featured soup of the day.
I don’t know if it was the more formal interiors, but the barbecue was lack luster. Maybe except for the crown prime beef rib, which makes you feel like a caveman when you take ahold of the rib bone.
The highlight wasn’t the barbecue, but rather the burnt ends beef stew – beefy, smoky viscous deep brown sauce with generous globs of burnt ends. The Husband was so happy because its taste reminded him of his missed Chowking braised beef. I thought it was the sprinkled of chopped spring onions on the top that made the stew more Asian tasting.
All we needed was a bowl of white rice, which, unfortunately, not present in the lengthy menu. So we made do with dipping the Texas toast and sopping all the sauce from the bowl.
I, on the other hand, did enjoy their coleslaw. I am just a sucker for creamy coleslaw that’s a little sweet and tart, retaining the crunchiness of the cabbage.
To be honest, I’d only visit this place again for the following reasons:
- If I were on a date, not necessarily romantic, with someone who I can’t be myself and eat with my hands
- If I were on a formal business meeting, when one obviously cannot make a fool themselves: eating with their hands and talking with barbecue grit all over their mouth
- Or for another round of that burnt end beef stew
Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbeque
Check out locations and hours at http://www.jackstackbbq.com/