Black History Month: Father of Kansas City barbecue Henry Perry

Posted at 3:46 PM, Feb 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-13 17:15:50-05

Next time you're eating burnt ends at Arthur Bryant's, stop and take a second to thank Henry Perry -- the man who made barbecue popular in Kansas City. 

Perry started selling smoked meats wrapped in newspaper for 25 cents on a trolley cart. Eventually, he started his own restaurant, which became incredibly popular. 

Both Arthur Bryant's Barbecue and Gates Bar-B-Q can trace their roots back to Perry.

When Perry died, he left his business to Charlie Bryant. Bryant later sold it to his brother, Arthur Bryant, who turned it into the popular franchise that still exists today.

Arthur Pinkyard, another former student of Perry's, helped George Gates start his first restaurant. 


Watch the video above for more on Henry Perry's history.  

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