Friday Find: “Henry Perry, Kansas City’s Barbecue King”

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Monk: A recent episode of the Gravy podcast featured Mackenzie Martin’s story on Henry Perry, the forefather of Kansas City barbecue but also a nearly forgotten figure until very recently. When he passed in 1940, his three notable apprentices went on to cook for the two most historically famous barbecue restaurants in Kansas City: Arthur Pinkard at the first Gates BBQ, and Texas brothers Arthur and Charlie Bryant, who created Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque.


Martin is a a podcast producer and reporter at KCUR, and an earlier version of this story was nominated for a James Beard Award.



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