Smokin' hot KC tailgate ...
All around Arrowhead stadium, on the streets and in the lots, even on the lawns and hills surrounding the sprawling sports complex, fans are mingling, wandering, greeting and grilling. It's the kind of festive, community event atmosphere that you might expect at a 4th of July picnic.
There were plenty of cool tailgating rigs to see. Chiefs fans seem to be partial to retired school busses and delivery trucks.
And they also seem to like their charcoal. Of all the Blacktop Chefs we saw, most were grilling up their goodies over coals.
The exceptions were a couple of Camp Chef fans who were enjoying the versatility of their gas grills, using them to cook-up a hearty breakfasts to feed their big tailgating crews.
We were surprised that we couldn't seem to find, however, anyone cooking up the legendary KC barbeque in the lots. We saw plenty of grilling -- of ribs, burgers, brats, kebobs... you name it.
But any Kansas City citizen will be quick to tell you that GRILLING is not even close to genuine "Q".
Some said the crowd was thinned that day by the races over at the Speedway. Others explained that they were taking the weekend off in preparation for the big BBQ Royal competition the next.
And some just flat out argued that you can't do real barbeque within the timeframe of a tailgate. (I think there are a few folks in Texas and Carolina who might disagree...)
We saw plenty of people who seemed to find a happy solution to that dilemma, though. Scattered throughout the piles of trash left behind at gametime were mountains of take-out boxes from Gates Bar.B.Q.
So though our mouths were all worked-up for some pork, all slow-cooked and sticky with Kansas City sauce, we enjoyed the variety of foods contestants brought by for us to sample. Grilled chicken, Fried fish, spicy sausages, Mexican chalupas, shrimp cocktail and some great dips and sides...
Still, on our way out of town before leaving for Indy, we had to stop by Gates to taste for ourselves just what it is that makes KC so famous.
For under $60 we got a mountain of meat -- pork ribs, ham, and beef -- with fries and BBQ beans, drinks, and the essential white bread and sliced pickles. It made us wish we could stick around for the Royal!
David bought this tired old mail truck for a song, and through his own hard work created sweet music. The Chiefs Tailgater Bar & Grill has played host to plenty of Chiefs fans, and some famous folks as well. "The Commisioner" himself, Joe Cahn, has stopped by and his photo and signature grace the bar. Not only does he have one of the coolest party rigs we've seen, the guy knows how to cook, too. His grilled sausages with peppers were a hot and oh-so-tasty!
Photo of the Week!
This fun, festive atmosphere was the perfect place to break out our new Hammaka tailgate sportschairs. All day long, Chiefs fans were stopping by to "hang out" for awhile and watch the fun!
See more pictures from the Kansas City tailgate in our Scrapbook OntheBlacktop.com!