NOTICE: Manhattan needs more barbecue restaurants; one is not enough

Ribs and sausages are served at the counter at Cox Bros. BBQ. Founded in 2010, Cox Bros. offers four unique styles of barbecue. (Rowan Jones | Collegian Media Group)

BBQ is a favorite cuisine across the country, and with Kansas City only a few hours away, you’d think Manhattan would have a plethora of BBQ restaurants around town. Sorry but no.

For some Manhattan offers enough barbecue qualities for a quaint college town, but I think we’re running out of options for what many would consider an American staple. Now that Famous Dave’s has closed, Manhattan only has one dedicated barbecue restaurant within the city limits.

As a warning, I’ve been working at a barbecue restaurant in Kansas City for over three years, so I tend to be snobbish when it comes to barbecue and the way it’s cooked. I also like meat, so finding a good barbecue is very important to me.

Cox Bros. BBQ, the last barbecue restaurant, is located at 223 McCall Road. It’s just north of Walmart so it’s pretty easy to get to.

While I wouldn’t say Cox Bros. is the best barbecue ever, it could definitely be a lot worse. They use hickory wood smoke all of their meat, which is pretty normal considering we’re in the Midwest, and all of their meats are smoked at 225 degrees Fahrenheit.

They offer four different types of barbecue: Kansas City, Texas, Memphis, and Carolina.

When I was there to test the selection, I ordered the Texas beef brisket with green beans and mac and cheese.

The brisket had a nice thick ring of smoke, which I always look for and love to see because it’s a great indicator of how long your meat has been smoking and how fresh it is. It was a little under-seasoned for my taste and I needed the sauce to complement the total flavor I was looking for.

The sides were excellent and very fresh too. They were piping hot which is always nice to see when you get your food as no one wants a cold dinner.

It was pretty generic, but the price was very good for the amount of food I received. My meal, including a soda and tax, turned out to be $ 14.50.

While I wish Manhattan had more options, I like that Cox Bros. either a local channel. As founders Bud and Bobby Cox say on their site, “The barbecue you get at Cox Bros Restaurant will be the most delicious, authentic, and mind-numbing goodness you’ve ever tasted.”

If you’re looking for other barbecue options and you’re up for a bit of a drive, Junction City has a few more options: Hot Rodz BBQ and Nauling’s Texas BBQ & Soul Food.

But that’s the problem, isn’t it? You have to drive to have more than one barbecue restaurant choice.

With the size of Manhattan and the traffic the city receives during game days from Kansas State and the like, we need more options for a great barbecue.

Molly Hackett is an Associate Sports Writer for the Collegian and a sophomore in Mass Communication. The views and opinions expressed in this column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the College student. Please send your comments to [email protected]

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