See what’s on the menu and have a ‘Taste of Osage City’ Friday

There’s something about Smoke in the Spring that just makes you think about eating fine barbecue, but the Taste of Osage City, this Friday evening, April 8, 2016, provides a chance for everyone to savor the culinary experiences cooked up by competition barbecue chefs. Although the barbecue contestants’ main goal is producing the best barbecued chicken, pork, ribs and brisket for the contest the following day, 24 teams are showing up Friday prepared to feed a crowd a multitude of creative gastronomic delights.

Map out your supper

The cooks begin serving at 5 p.m. Friday at the north end of Jones Park, and continue “until the food runs out.” To help hungry eaters find those mouthwatering treats they crave most, a menu is offered showing the participating cooking teams and the evening’s entrees they are preparing, along with a map showing the locations of each team. Click here for a printable version of the menu to carry with you at the Taste of Osage City. Menus and maps will also be available the evening of the Taste.

BBQ Bucks – Get in advance or on site

For anyone wanting to take part in the Taste, it is advised to buy BBQ Bucks in advance. They’re available at Osage City Hall, 201 S. Fifth St., and Edward Jones, 516 Market St., Osage City. BBQ Bucks will also be available for sale at Jones Park on Friday, beginning at 2 p.m. at the community building concession window. This year, new BBQ Bucks are being issued, but all of the past green BBQ Bucks remain valid and can be used Friday or in the future at Smoke in the Spring.

Shuttle from the school parking lot

Arrangements have been made this year to alleviate parking congestion around the park. A transport bus will run 4-9 p.m. on Friday, April 8, from the Osage City school parking lot at Ellinwood and Fourth streets. Everyone is invited to park at the school and ride the bus to the Taste (bus rides end at 9 p.m.) Parking west of Jones Park and across the highway from the sports complex is also available; limited handicap parking is available by the home side bleachers.

Fill up!

With BBQ Bucks, menu and map in hand, once 5 p.m. arrives, it’s time to set out to find some supper! Sure there might be lines to wait in, but that’s part of the fun at Osage City’s community barbecue party. So get in line, let a barbecue contestant serve you something tasty to munch on, and have a fun evening at the Taste of Osage City!

Taste of Osage City Menu

  • B-l – Dusty Roads BBQ, Timothy Flora, Leavenworth: BBQ Sundae – Lemonade
  • B-2 – Outhouse BBQ, Scott Miller, Wichita: “Award Winning” Pulled Pork Sliders & BBQ Sauce – Bacon Wrapped Smoked Cheddar Shrimp – Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno & Cheddar Smoked Shrimp – Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Smoked Shrimp
  • B-3 – 3.2 Flue Que, Jake Howard, Ottawa: Grilled Shrimp Skewers – Smoked Chicken Wings
  • B-4 – Rock N Blues BBQ, Daniel Masters, Wamego: Hot Mess (Baked Potato Topped w/Butter, Sour Cream, Cheese, & Pulled Pork) – Pork & Mac (Homemade Mac & Cheese Topped w/Pulled Pork) – Pulled Pork Sandwich
  • B-5 – Blue Bucket BBQ, Terry Albert, Topeka: Ribs – Rib Tips – Baked Beans – Brownies – Pork/Brisket Meal (Sandich + Cole Slaw + Baked Beans) – Meat Sampler (Ribs, Rib Tips, Brisket & Pulled Pork)
  • B-6 – Smokin Co., Ryan Sultzer, Hays: Pulled Pork Nachos – BBQ Sundae – Redneck Sandwich – Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin – Smoked Turkey Legs – Ribs (Whole Racks) – Smoked Sausage
  • B-7 – Fullwood Bros’ BBQ, Phillip Abbott, Lenexa: Pulled Pork Sliders – Pit Beans
  • B-8 – Smokin Dinger, Steve Rounds, Blair, Neb.: Moink Balls (Meatball Wrapped in Bacon Dunked in BBQ Sauce)
  • B-9 – Boxer Q, Hank Burch, Topeka: Asian Baby Back Ribs – Crab Rangoon – Pork Egg Roll
  • B-10 – Black Eye BBQ, Jim McDonald, Topeka: Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno’s – Pulled Pork
  • B-11 – Chop Quey, Dan Ulledahl, Kansas City, Mo.: Brisket & Pork Sliders – Brisket – Burnt Ends – Pulled Pork Nachos
    Sweet Potato & Curley Fries – Fried Twinkies & Snickers
  • B-12 – Smokin Bad Habit BBQ, John Buschmann, Olathe: Pulled Pork Sliders – Jacuzzi Sausage – Jalapeno Cheddar & Spicy Italian Brats – Jumbo Hot Dogs
  • C-7 – Tipsy Pigs, Neil Dayhoff, Osage City: Ribs (Full & Half Slabs) – Pork Tacos – Pork Nachos
  • C-8 – Rubbed Raw, Justin Lincoln, Osage City: Ribs – Pulled Pork – Chicken Legs – 330 Pizza
  • C-9 – Firebug BBQ, Shannon Kimball, Leawood: Brisket – Burnt Ends – Pulled Pork Slider – Jalapeno Cheesey Corn – Smoked Nuts
  • C-10 – Rich & Stu’s Voodoo BBQ, Stuart Miles, Topeka: Pulled Pork Walking Tacos
  • C-11­ – Partycrowd BBQ, Chad Myrick, Scranton: Scottish Egg-Side
  • C-12 – Smok’in Ur A$$ BBQ, Jimmie Bass, Osage City: Homemade Sausage (Jalapeno Cheddar Brat, Regular Brat) – Homemade Mustard
  • C-13 – Waunaque BBQ, Wes Ray, Waunakee, Wis.: Smoked & Loaded Baked Potato – Purple Pig Cake Pop – Smoked Brisket – Smoked Mac & Cheese
  • C-14 – Beer Gut Bar-B-Que, Mike McCartney, Topeka: Pulled Pork Sandwich – Pulled Pork Nachos – Smoked Chicken Wraps -1/4 lb Smoked Sausages – Loaded Smoked Sausage (Sausage Topped w/Pulled Pork, Cheese, & Homeamde BBQ Sauce) – Haley’s Mess (Pulled Pork Sandwich, Beer Cheese Sauce & Homemade BBQ Sauce)
  • C-15 – 6 In The Box, Patrick Lee, Saint George: Cheesey Hushpuppies – Fried Pickle Slices – Waffle Chips – Bacon Bourbon Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • C-16 – Blue River BBQ and Brewhaus, Shawn Carlson, Wamego: The “Original” Chicken Bombs (Boneless Chicken Thigh, Jalepeno Cream Cheese Blend, Bacon)
  • Sauce (Regular, Hot, or XXX-Hot)
  • C-17 – Hillbilly Smoke Club, Rusty Davenport, Osage City: Pulled Pork Sandwiches – Baked Beans
  • C-18 – Reckin-Crue Bar B Que, Brandon Davis, Osage City: Pulled Pork – Smoked Beans – Funnel Cakes – Ribbon Potatoes

For larger, printable version of the map, click here or on the map below. For more information about Smoke in the Spring, click here.


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