Worth driving from anywhere!

Snead’s lists so many good things on its menu that it is impossible to sample all of them in one visit. One must-eat is brownies, also known as burnt ends, which are the crusty, smoky chunks stripped from the ends and tips of the meat. Order a sandwich or a plateful. They aren’t as soft as the ordinary barbecue, but they fairly explode with the flavor of meat and smoke.

Regular pork barbecue, cooked in a kettle in a brick pit over hickory wood, is sweet and tender, sliced thin, without the punch of brownies but with aristocratic character. Beef brisket is shockingly fatless, and yet somehow supple and luscious, extra-good if you add some of Snead’s fine sauce. Then there are log sandwiches, named for their shape: tubular mixtures of finely ground barbecued beef, pork and ham, all minced together and wedged into a long bun (or, if you wish, a round roll). The result is a salty, powerful melange vaguely reminiscent of a Maid-Rite sandwich — not as potent as burnt ends, but in some long-term satisfying way, even more complex.

Did we mention hand-cut, freshly-made French fries? And four-star barbecued beans? And finely-chopped cole slaw, perfectly suited to salve a sauce-fatigued tongue?

Snead’s is a wood-paneled roadhouse with a magnificent giant oak tree in the parking lot and laminated tables inside. The dining room has windows that look out onto what is still countryside, far from the downtown core. It’s a bit of a drive out of town, but Snead’s is required eating for anyone who wants to savor Kansas City’s pit-cooked BBQ at its best.

What to Eat
Snead’s, Burnt End Plate
Burnt End Plate
Brownies, aka burnt ends, radiate smoke flavor and are so tender that they seem to melt on the tongue into fatty essence of pit-cooked beef.
Snead’s, Ribs
Snead’s, 3 Meat Plate
3 Meat Plate
A three-meat plate, with pork on the left and brownies on the right. In the center, under excellent French fries, are flaps of beef brisket.
Snead’s, Pork Plate
Pork Plate
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday11 am - 8 pm
Tuesday11 am - 8 pm
Wednesday11 am - 9 pm
Thursday11 am - 9 pm
Friday11 am - 9 pm
Saturday11 am - 9 pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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