Independence, Missouri

Located just 20 minutes east of Kansas City is the town of Independence, home of former U.S. President Harry S. Truman. Here, you’ll find more savory sauces atop the barbecue, particularly at A Little Bar-B-Q Joint. Enjoy the smoked meatloaf or southern pulled pork with a side of fries. KC Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, another popular Kansas City area spot, has an outpost here, where you’ll enjoy the meat as well as daily specials on craft flights of beer. Start your meal with sweet corn nuggets or KC Potato Skins before moving on to the Chef’s Special of Beef ribs, pork spare ribs, bone-in chicken and burnt ends served with your choice of two sides.

Bandana’s Bar-B-Q has locations throughout Missouri and Indiana, including Independence. Known for their real wood smokers, all Bandana's pork, beef, chicken and ribs are cooked for anywhere from five to 14 hours over a pit of select hardwoods to create their signature smoked flavor. Finally, if you’re craving another hit of Gates Bar-B-Q, you’re in luck, as there’s another location in Independence.