1st place: LC's Bar-B-Q - An all around true KC smoked burnt end. LC's truly knows how to make a good burnt end - from the proper cut, to the smoke, to the sauce!
2nd place: Q39 Bar-B-Que - Although fairly new to the KC bar-b-que scene. The professionally trained chef who started Q39 definiately knows what he is doing when it comes to burnt ends.
3rd place: Our House Restaurant, Cafe and Bar - Oh my! This small restaurant and bar on West 39th truly brings it and could arguably be ranked #1 even in competition with the big dogs and cats of KC.
4rd place: Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que - Formorly known as Oklahoma Joe's restaurant, KC Joe's consistently turns out a delightful burnt end at a comparatively reasonable price.
5th place: Fiorella's Jack Stack BBQ - I would argue the best atmosphere for KC burnt ends. The burnt ends can be great, but are inconsitent and often times seem like they may be taken from the incorrect cut of meat. Better quality and consistancy seen at the Freight House location in the Crossroads.
6th place: Gates BBQ Kansas City - It's hard to compare this style of burnt end with others as it is chopped. Although, I prefer a juicy cubed burnt end, the smoked original flavor of Gates burnt end is truly delicious and unique to true smoked meats.
7th place: Rosedale Bar-B-Q - Great service and unique friendly historic diner atmosphere. The meats aren't quite as good as some others, but still great and definately a quality KC BBQ joint.
8th place: BB's Lawnside Blues & BBQ - Cool vibe and great service. The BBQ sundae is amazing, but the burnt ends are lacking.
9th place: Smoke Town BBQ - Friendly and fast service. Great BBQ and definitely stands up to the high standards set for KC BBQ.
10th place: Slaps BBQ Kansas City - Don't get me wrong, the burnt ends are good, but just not quite as good as some of the others. Not quite as much marbeling in the meats as some of the others and I wonder if this was actually only the point. Flavor and tenderness is still excellent.
11th place: Arthur Bryant's Barbeque - The one responsible for how Kansas City’s burnt ends became the ultimate barbecued meat. A top list would not be complete without including the burnt end O.G.
12th place: Zarda Hickory Pit Bar-B-Q - Decent price for average food.