When it comes to BBQ pitmasters, these Kansas City sisters are breaking all the rules

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - When you think of a BBQ pitmaster, certain images comes to mind.

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It's likely a pair of middle-aged sisters probably aren't among them.

"We still do it the old fashioned way," said Deborah Thompson. "We start the fire with the wood, we do it on a pit, we don't use ovens. And don't get me wrong - I have nothing against the modern way, it's fine, we just stick to the old way."

 

 

Jones BBQ, a red brick shack just off Kaw Drive in Kansas City, Kansas.

 

Thompson's dad taught her how to man -- or woman -- a barbecue pit.

"We just keep it simple," Thompson said. "We aren't trying to be jazzy -just trying to be everyday people. You can come here and get you a good meal."

Now she and her sister Mary run Jones BBQ, a red brick shack just off Kaw Drive in Kansas City, Kansas.

 

 

When you think of a BBQ pitmaster, certain images comes to mind. It's likely a pair of middle-aged sisters probably aren't among them.

 

"It's great because I get to know my customers, I don't remember everyone's name but I do get to know a lot of people and I pretty much know what they want when they walk up," she said. "We know your name and we know your face and we know what you will ask for."

Which is why in a world of gourmet meats with fancy sauces and snazzy sides, her customers keep coming back to this little old KCK BBQ shack.

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