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Joe’s Kansas City sending barbecue to visitor whose brisket was confiscated at KCI

Don’t put brisket from Joe’s Kansas City (shown here on a Z-Man sandwich) in your suitcase — it might get confiscated by the TSA.
Don’t put brisket from Joe’s Kansas City (shown here on a Z-Man sandwich) in your suitcase — it might get confiscated by the TSA. The Kansas City Star

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.”

Tuesday, Joe’s Kansas City posted the story on its Facebook page along with the message “This ain’t right! Bob, we’re going to fix this for you! Hold on! Barbecue is on its way!”

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 sgish@kcstar.com or tweet @sarah_gish.

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