U.S. News & World Report thinks KC is the third-best barbecue city
- Andy Staples
- The ribs at Gates are a beautiful sight.
Barbecue is not a science. It might be a craft or an art or a calling or simply the thing you were put on this Earth to do. As a result, barbecue is not only subjective but it also sparks the kind of debates that run instantly hot, like college rivalries and home-buying negotiations.
Still, the decision of U.S. News & World Report (the magazine perhaps best known for ranking colleges) to rank Kansas City as the third-best barbecue city in the country is thoroughly misguided. Perhaps the only thing that U.S. News & World Report got right in its seven-city rankings was placing St. Louis seventh.