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    Best Backyard Barbecue Recipes

    Fire up those grills, smokers, and roasters because it’s National BBQ Month! It’s all about celebrating tender and juicy meats, rich and smoky sauces, and the overall culinary delight that barbecue is. Partake in the festivities by preparing and enjoying some classics- whether those be your generations-old secret family recipes or trying one of the ones we’re recommending below! Now’s the time to get your grill on!

    Here in Kansas City, we know barbecue. We make it so well that we even have a genre of BBQ sauce named after us- Kansas City Style. This list couldn’t be complete if we didn’t suggest a delicious Kansas City Style sauce recipe to baste all your meats with, so that’s where we’ll start!

    Kansas City-Style Barbecue Sauce Recipe

    Makes about 2.5 cups


    2 tablespoons butter

    1 small yellow onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)

    3 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 tablespoon)

    2 cups ketchup

    1/3 cup molasses

    1/3 cup dark brown sugar

    1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

    2 tablespoon yellow mustard

    1 tablespoon chili powder

    1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

    1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


    Melt butter in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened, about five minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add ketchup, molasses, brown sugar, vinegar, mustard, chili powder, black pepper, and cayenne pepper and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer until slightly thickened, about 30 minutes, stirring frequently. Transfer sauce to the blender and blend until smooth. Let cool to room temperature, transfer to a jar and store in refrigerator for up to a month.

    BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches


    4 pounds pork shoulder roast

    5 to 6 whole cloves

    3 tablespoons Smokey BBQ Rub, recipe follows

    2 red onions, thinly sliced

    16 ounces bbq sauce of your choice

    Smokey BBQ Rub:

    1/4 cup sugar

    3 tablespoons brown sugar

    2 tablespoons dark chili powder

    2 tablespoons smoked paprika

    1 tablespoon garlic powder

    1 tablespoon onion powder

    1 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper

    1 tablespoon kosher salt

    1 teaspoon dry mustard

    1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


    Stud the roast with the cloves and rub with the Smokey BBQ Rub. Place the roast in a slow cooker and top with the onions. Cover the roast with 2 cups of water and slow cook for 8 to 10 hours. Remove the pork, discard the cloves and layer of fat, as well as any water and grease remaining in the pot. When the pork is cool enough to handle, use a fork or your hands to shred and pull the meat apart. Return the meat to the slow cooker along with the barbecue sauce. Heat for 1 to 2 hours. Serve on your favorite roll.

    Smokey BBQ Rub:

    Combine the granulated and brown sugars, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, salt, mustard and cayenne in a bowl and mix well. Store in an airtight container.

    Smoked BBQ Brisket with Dark Beer Mop


    1/2 cup ancho chili powder

    2 tablespoons paprika

    1 tablespoon ground cumin

    1 tablespoon dry mustard

    1 tablespoon kosher salt

    2 teaspoons cayenne

    1 trimmed brisket with a layer of fat at least 1/4-inch thick, about 5 to 6 pounds

    Dark Beer Mop, recipe follows

    Dark Beer Mop:

    1 large red onion

    4 cloves garlic

    2 serrano chiles, chopped

    4 bottles of dark beer

    1/4 cup dark brown sugar

    2 bay leaves

    Salt and freshly ground pepper


    Mix together the spices in a small bowl. Rub the entire brisket with the spice mixture, place on a baking sheet, cover and let stand in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or up to 6 hours.

    Prepare the smoker according to manufacturer's directions. Place the brisket in the smoker, fat side down, and smoke for 4 to 5 hours or until extremely tender. Baste with the mop every 30 minutes.

    Dark Beer Mop:

    Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan, season with salt and pepper and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.

    Maybe you don’t have hours to prep and cook, but you’re still craving BBQ. These chicken sandwiches are perfect for busy people who still want to enjoy a delicious meal!

    BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sandwiches


    3 cups cooked, shredded chicken (rotisserie chicken is easiest)

    1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

    ¼ of a red onion, chopped

    ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

    ¾ cup bbq sauce, divided

    1 baguette crusty bread


    To a large mixing bowl, add chicken, 1 1/4 cups mozzarella cheese, onion, cilantro, and 1/2 cup of barbecue sauce. Stir well to combine. Add a tiny bit more barbecue sauce if the mixture seems too dry. Cut the top edge of the bread loaf off and hollow out 1 1/2 inches deep to create a well for the filling. Spoon the BBQ chicken mixture into the loaf. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese. Drizzle with remaining BBQ sauce. Place on a baking tray and bake at 325 F degrees for about 20 minutes or until warmed through.

    And for those days you just want to have fun and eat a good meal, Isle of Capri Casino® Kansas City is always ready for you! Farmer’s Pick Buffet® serves smoked prime rib (and shrimp!) every Saturday evening from 4 P.M. until 9:30 P.M. and the Lone Wolf® offers prime rib, chicken wings, and baby back ribs (among a large variety of other delicious non-BBQ fare) every Friday and Saturday evening. See you soon!

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