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Barbecue sometimes seems like the lifeblood of this city — a grilling, roasting, simmering bond among the citizens of the metro. Ribs, brisket and burnt ends connect Kansas to Missouri and the Northland to southern Johnson County, bringing all segments of the local populace together in a collective quest for the best representative of our city’s most famous export.So why not appoint yourself judge of the best this city has to offer? Today commences the legendary American Royal Barbecue, in solid and delicious operation since 1980 and once again ready to offer Kansas Citians fun, games and sauce-slathered entertainment. Drop by today’s opening events at the American Royal Center (1701 American Royal Court), where you can take part in the Texas hold ’em dinner and tournament beginning at 6 p.m. This is your chance to mingle with the owners and operators of some of the region’s best barbecue joints — some 500 teams competing in four culinary contests designed to prove who can best satisfy barbecue customers. Contestant check-in starts at 7 a.m., so head down early. For more information, see americanroyal.com.

Thu., Oct. 2; Sat., Oct. 4; Sun., Oct. 5, 2008