An innocent plug for Global Entrepreneurship Week by Sen. Jerry Moran made us a do a double take when we noticed the not-so-local business he was flogging:
Could it be that the Kansas Republican, by hailing the original Arthur Bryant’s, was officially switching teams and siding with Missourians in the longstanding regional battle for total barbecue dominance?
For those unfamiliar with the duality of Kansas City barbecue, there are world famous establishments native to each metropolis — one in Kansas, one in Missouri — as well as restaurants with locations in both states.
While staff confirmed that Moran has sampled Arthur Bryant’s fabled brand of barbecue before, the lawmaker clarified his go-to pits for HOH.
“When in Washington, DC, I like Old Glory and Hill Country,” Moran shared in an email. “But they’re just not the same as Gates, Oklahoma Joe’s, Jack Stack, Smokehouse and others back home.
“The history, personality, sauce and world-class Kansas beef make Kansas City barbecue tough to beat,” the avowed burnt ends fan (us too!) asserted.
Much like that foul-mouthed radio pitchwoman who is habitually dousing everything with Frank’s Red Hot sauce, Moran, too, has a simple solution for dealing with flavorless fare he encounters in his epicurean travels.
“My favorite sauce is KC Masterpiece, which I often add to non-barbecue dishes too,” he said.