Welcome to Travel and Photo Today’s KC Barbecue Tour!
(If you are new to our series about Kansas City BBQ you can visit the First Stop on the KC Barbecue Tour at KC BBQ 1st Stop for a bit of history and background.)
Today’s Tour Stop – Blind Box BBQ
BLIND BOX – THE PLACE:
Blind Box BBQ first opened in 2015 and it’s popularity has steadily grown. It’s located on the Kansas side of the Greater Kansas City Metro Area in the City of Shawnee.( Yes, we do have our western and Native American roots here in Kansas City and we’re proud of it.)
So what’s the deal with the name of this BBQ restaurant? Blind Box? Seems everybody asks that question. So much so that the answer is printed in VERY LARGE BOLD PRINT on the cover of every menu. It explains that a “Blind Box” is “A Box In Which BBQ Competition Teams Prepare Their Entries For Presentation & Turn-In.” You asked – now you know.
Blind Box BBQ is located in a nice strip mall in Shawnee Kansas at13214 W 62nd Terrace
Shawnee KS 66216. Tel: (913) 268-4BBQ(4227) Blind Box makes a good first impression, immediately raising it’s game beyond the typical strip mall joint. They’ve added some very nice outside seating areas in the front, complete with a fire pit which adds a nice cozy feel on a crisp fall evening.
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The casual, comfortable feel continues inside Blind Box where customers have the choice of several seating areas including a well stocked bar area. It’s a perfect spot where sports fans can eat some “Q with a Brew” while watching their favorite teams – including the KC THE CHIEFS.
BLIND BOX – THE FOOD:
Blind Box offers up a menu that’s well stocked with American Standards as well as a variety of unique items. Some examples including those listed below ——-
- STARTERS – including Onion Straws, Belly Sliders, Hog Wings & BBQ Wontons
- SANDWICHES – Pulled Pork, Beef Brisket, Smoked Turkey & Smoked Sausage
- BURGERS – The Belly Burger, Blind Box Burger & Single and Double Burger
- DINNERS – Chicken, Burnt ends, Baby Back Ribs & St.Louse Style Spare Ribs
- COMBOS – 2 options including various meats, and sides
- SIDES – Fries, mac & cheese, onion straws, sweet potato fries & more
- DESSERTS – Carrot Cake, Bread Pudding, Cookie Bake and more
Blind Box gets a “thumbs up” from me for offering a combo which includes my two favorite “go to” BBQ sampling items – Ribs & Smoked Turkey. The Blind Box Combo #1 gives diners 3 choice spare ribs, burnt ends and smoked sausage but they will gladly make substitutions. I swapped out the smoked sausage for my smoked turkey. Two side items are also included and I rounded out my dinner with fries and baked beans.
I was a happy camper – or is that a happy diner? Whatever…… The ribs were great. Moist, tender and mighty tasty. The smoked turkey was some of the best I’ve encountered in my BBQ wanderings. Nicely sliced and moist with that just right amount of smokey flavor.
My dining companion for the evening, having a somewhat smaller appetite, ordered the brisket sandwich with a side of fries. The review? The burnt ends were described as “OK.” I would agree. There was a lack of consistency to the ends. While a few were tender and flavorful, most were not the best. They – well, they were “OK.”
BLIND BOX serves up some great “Q” in Shawnee Kansas. It’s well worth checking out. Try the Ribs & Smoked Turkey – Highly Recommended!
TRY THE “Q” AT BLIND BOX ….
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