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Wright’s Barbecue in Johnson, Arkansas

Wright’s Barbecue in Johnson, Arkansas

By Jarred Kibbey I recently traveled to Texas and Kansas City in back-to-back weekends where I got to eat some very good BBQ. What I did not expect was some of the best BBQ that I have had was not in either location, but instead […]

Pit Boss: 5 Tips to Smoking the Perfect Pork Butt

Pit Boss: 5 Tips to Smoking the Perfect Pork Butt

By Chef Ken Dempsey If you know me at all, you know I spend A LOT of time out in my BBQ pit. Even as I am writing this at 10 p.m., there are two pork butts (pork butts are actually shoulders, often referred to […]

7 Years Later, Checking Back on The Mighty Rib

7 Years Later, Checking Back on The Mighty Rib

 

The name of this food blog, The Mighty Rib, has no special meaning or profoundly deep backstory. It’s just a stupid name I came up with at 5 a.m. on a Monday morning back in 2010.

My wife and I had just returned home from a weekend trip to Kansas City. I was a high school teacher at the time, but looking for a new hobby, one in which I could harken back to my college days and write about sports.

Kansas City was a quick, romantic getaway, that, to no one’s surprise, ended up centering around food. We went to several outstanding eateries that weekend, but once we walked into Oklahoma Joe’s (now called Joe’s Kansas Bar-B-Que) and ordered the pork ribs, my thoughts of writing about sports were over.

Fast forward seven years.

A couple weeks ago, I returned to Joe’s with my buddies Daniel Walker and Ken Dempsey. I’ve taken several food road trips with these two morons. They are pretty tough food critics. Daniel loves BBQ more than his children and Ken, as many of you already know, is a damn expert at smoking ‘cue. Truth be told, I was a little nervous about what would think of the ribs at Joe’s.

Would these ribs live up to the hype?

We got to Joe’s at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning and were the first people in line. A manager immediately came over and asked if we’d like something to drink (on the house). It was a kind gesture on his part. Five minutes later, I turned around and the man came around with a sample rib for each of us. One bite and it was as amazing as I’d remember. Tender, juicy, not fall-off-the-bone or over-seasoned or too smoky … the beauty was in the simplicity. We ended up splitting a rack with some burnt ends and a side of fries. It was a joyous food moment … and still the mightiest of pork ribs.

I think Dan and Ken would agreed.

10 Dream Additions to the Little Rock Food Scene

10 Dream Additions to the Little Rock Food Scene

  Right off the bat, let me get this out there … this post isn’t meant to be a bitchfest about how things are lacking in the culinary scene around these parts. It’s just meant to create some interaction and dream a little bit about […]

Q to the A: Backyard BBQ-ing and a Guilty Pleasure Chili Sandwich

Q to the A: Backyard BBQ-ing and a Guilty Pleasure Chili Sandwich

Ever wonder what other foodies are thinking? Me too. Special thanks to Steve S. for his answers! 1. How many years have you lived in Little Rock? My wife and I have lived in central Arkansas for eight years, most of it in Bryant. In […]