The American Royal grounds in Kansas City draw people for music as well as the barbeque.
In the thick sea of luxury RVs, scrappy trailers, tent awnings and dwindling daylight, I found Tom McIntosh of Appleton. The flapping Green Bay Packers flag at his base camp was a dead giveaway on these 20 acres of concrete in Kansas City.
Tom was here to cook this month but didn't expect to smoke out almost all competitors at the annual American Royal World Series of Barbecue. No other barbecue contest in the world is bigger.
"Taste and tenderness - you gotta rock those two" to stand out, he explained evasively during the twilight hours of slow-and-low roasting, his third American Royal ...