Best Baked Beans

Smokin' Guns BBQ

Imagine that you're fantasy-drafting your dream Kansas City barbecue meal. You know which stars you'd pick up — Okie Joe's Z-Man, perhaps the burnt ends from Bryant's. But where would you get your role-players? Your cole slaw and your potato salad, your beverage menu, your bib selection? These are tough questions, but ones you'll need to answer when the warden comes to take your order, so we're here to help you cross something off your draft sheet: baked beans. You're getting them from Smokin' Guns, the competition team turned restaurant just north of the river. The recipe is pretty standard: pork and beans, barbecue sauce, onions and brown sugar. But the additions of savory brisket and the house-made rub make them so sweet and rich, you'll want to hire a plumber to pump them through your shower head.

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