The hickory smoke has settled. We've made it to the Final Four.
The interactive bracket began with 16 barbecue spots divided into four groups and eight games. Round 1 knocked the field down to eight. And now Round 2 narrows the field to four.
This time, Game 1 was a nail-biter, but Joe's Kansas City beat Slap's BBQ at the buzzer with 53 percent of the vote. What a heartbreaker for Slap's fans.
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Game 2 was also close, but ultimately Jack Stack eliminated cult favorite LC's with 56 percent of the vote.
Voting is about to get even harder: Joe's will face Jack Stack in Round 3. Talk about a clash of the titans.
The other Round 3 matchup is between two barbecue joints that have been smoking beef for decades: Zarda and B.B.'s Lawnside BBQ.
So who deserves to go to the championship? Cast your Round 3 votes by 9 a.m. Monday, March 26, at kansascity.com/chowtown. We'll reveal the last two barbecue giants standing on March 28, and Round 4 votes will be collected through April 2.
The winner will be crowned April 4. May the best burnt ends win.