Smithville is a smaller town on the outskirts of Kansas City. A lot of restaurants have come and gone over the years, because the town just isnt big enough for nonchains to compete. We were driving along looking for lunch and found a new place opened right off of 169 Hwy called Brodie's Backyard BBQ. We figured we would try it. The decor is definately strange--he decorated it like a backyard with the fake grass, strings of christmas lights and pink flyod posters. There are several TVs and a large big screen to watch games on. You walk up to the counter and place your order. You get a number and sit on plastic lawn chairs while it is prepared. The menu is pretty large--sanwiches run from 4.99 (for a quarter lb meat) to 5.99 for a (1/2 pound of meat). A quarter is plenty big. The food was fabulous. We ordered brisket, pulled pork, burnt ends, chicken fingers, fries, onion rings, Backyard taters (mashed seasoned w/ ranch topped with cheese, bacon and green onion) cole slaw, and baked beans. We all nibbled off each others and came to some definate conclusions:
The brisket was great. Tender, smokey, and juicy. It was the best I've had anywhere. My dad raved about it
Burnt ends: not bad, chewy, greasy, not the best I've had but decent
Pulled pork: Juicy, but I found it rather flavorless still
chicken fingers: they were hot and the breading was crisp. There was a good ratio of breading to meat.
(a table close to mine ordered the smoked tenderloin and it looked great!)
The sides are what really stood out to me. The baked beans were the best I've had...slow cooked for 18 hours they were addictive. Smokey and meaty they were full of great flavor. Slightly sweet with a good sauce.
I am totally addicted to the onion rings. They were hot and crisp. The onions were sliced thick and the breading was shell like--it fully encased the onions--not crumbly like some. The cole slaw was so-so, nobody really raved about it. The curly fries were the biggest disappointment. They were utterly flavorless. They were simply twisted up french fries that had no flavor. They werent greasy, they just tasted, well, bland.
I have now been there several times and my standard order is chicken fingers, onion rings, and baked beans.
Brodie showed me the smokers out back, and the ribs looked great! He smokes them for 18 hours. I will have to try them and report back sometime soon!
The place is now packed and there it has gotten really busy. I think this place will make it. Good thing too, cause I would really miss those onion rings and baked beans!