Joe’s Kansas City will send barbecue to a Washington, D.C., man who says his brisket and smoked sausage were confiscated at Kansas City International Airport on Monday.
Bob Porter, a government affairs consultant from Washington, D.C., stashed 2 pounds of barbecue from the Leawood Joe’s Kansas City in his checked luggage before returning from a weekend trip to Kansas City.
Upon arriving home, Porter discovered that the barbecue was gone. In its place was an empty bag and a note from the Transportation Security Administration saying it had gone through his luggage.
“Really? That’s what you’re taking? My barbecue?” Porter said in a phone interview. “I’ve traveled all over the world, and I’ve never had anything like this happen before.”
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The post elicited a strong response from the local barbecue chain’s Facebook fanbase — as of 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, it had more than 1,800 likes and 246 shares.
Doug Worgul, director of marketing at Joe’s Kansas City, said Porter will soon receive a pound of brisket, a pound of smoked sausage, a T-shirt and barbecue sauce in the mail.
“And maybe a slab of ribs for good measure,” Worgul says. “If he’s loyal enough to put his barbecue in a suitcase with his underwear and socks, we’re gonna make this right.”
Porter, who is back at work, said in an email that he is “thrilled beyond belief” to finally get a taste of Kansas City barbecue.
Enterprise reporter Sarah Gish writes dining guides for Ink magazine. Contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @sarah_gish.