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Some of KC’s best barbecue comes from an unsung hero, pitmaster Bill Chaney

In the first of our “We the Pitmasters” series, we meet Bill Chaney, 85, who built his first brick barbecue pit for Russ Fiorella in 1957. Chaney has constructed nearly 20 pits in and around Kansas City, including for Jack Stack, LC’s, Smokehouse, Winslow’s and The Stack. Chaney represents a link to Kansas City barbecue’s historic beginnings, and he is an unsung hero who carries on the disappearing craft of pit building.

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A 1926 cartoon still packs a Punch

The resolution on this droll cartoon has been lost to time and deteriorated microfilm, but its point is as sharp today as when originally published in The Star on Dec. 16, 1926. It ran by permission of London’s Punch magazine, which was a bastion of satirical British humor. It was published with this caption:

 

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Best Sauce of the Planet crowned at American Royal contest

The American Royal World Series of Barbecue attached a record number of entries in its annual Best Barbecue Sauce on the Planet contest. The contest was held in May this year. (Video by Ardie A. Davis) (Edited by Robert Cronkleton)
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