Kansas City–Style BBQ Guide: History and Characteristics

Written by MasterClass

Last updated: Jun 3, 2022 • 4 min read

Kansas City–style BBQ originated in 1908 with pitmaster Henry Perry, who got his start selling smoked meats in the city’s garment district. His unique style involved smoking various meats over oak and hickory woods and serving them wrapped in newsprint, slathered in a tangy and peppery sauce. Perry’s generous spirit and tenacity paved the way for many pitmasters, who have continued to carve out Kansas City’s rightful place as a BBQ destination.