One session I attended at the Science Blogging Conference related to making your blog more interactive.

In that spirit, I invite your response to the following proposed truth:

Kansas City Barbecue is superior to North Carolina barbecue.

Extra points for the most creative gustatory or geographical epithet.


  1. #1 Craig
    January 19, 2008

    No sense in arguing about whether you are #2 or #3. The best BBQ is right here in Austin, TX.

  2. #2 chezjake
    January 19, 2008

    Sorry, but while I enjoy KC barbecue once in a while, I really prefer the vinegary North Carolina style — with the cole slaw on the side.

  3. #3 Keith Sader
    January 19, 2008

    Josh, I agree 100% with you. KC BBQ > all others. I have a good friend of mine who moved to TX and he’s still depressed that there’s no good BBQ in Dallas.

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    January 20, 2008

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  5. #5 Josh Rosenau
    January 20, 2008

    I’ll grant that I enjoyed the slaw, and tend not to be a fan.

  6. #6 Branedy
    January 20, 2008

    Actually, Kansas City BBQ BEEF and NC baby back ribs

  7. #7 pablo
    January 21, 2008

    Each according to its kind . . . or something like that. I remember enjoying Kentucky barbecue in my youth, but I guess that’s not even in the running.

  8. #8 carlsonjok
    January 21, 2008

    Craig is correct. The best barbeque is found in Texas and Oklahoma. When done right, TX/OK barbeque doesn’t need sauce.

  9. #9 Josh Rosenau
    January 22, 2008

    This idea of barbecue that doesn’t need sauce always seems strange to me. I like sauce. I like licking my fingers, and having to mop up dripping sauce with the Wonder bread underneath (or maybe with fries). How is it a virtue to give that up?

  10. #10 carlsonjok
    January 22, 2008

    How is it a virtue to give that up?

    You might be surprised at the interesting flavors that come out of the interplay of the smoke and the dry rub. It is, admittedly, odd to say this, but there can be some subtlety to Texas-style barbeque that is lost when you drown it in sauce.

  11. #11 scienceteacherinexile
    January 22, 2008

    While I have never been to North Carolina, I do miss my Texas BBQs. I am half a world away for some time now, with the South Africans who seem to think we in the US only BBQ burgers and hot dogs which they deem inferior to their “braais”. I tell them “you have never been to a real Texan Barbeque, obviously”.
    In the rural area where I grew up it is mountains of meat, potato salad, beans, and….
    dammit I’m drooling on the keyboard…

  12. #12 Libertarian Girl
    January 22, 2008

    North Carolina, of course. The reason? NC is the only place I’ve found that has really good veggie barbecue, which includes us vegetarians in the fun as well.

  13. What’s the difference between Kansas City Barbecue and North Carolina barbecue?????

    Many many greetings from the 1st italian barbecue fans community!
    carne al fuoco – il piacere del barbecue

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