When you do something in your life and get a trophy, that's a pretty good sign that you're doing it well. If that's really true, Food Network may be right about the best place in Iowa to get BBQ as their walls are lined with shiny awards.
Our Midwestern standards for BBQ are so much higher than the rest of the country, it's not even funny. That's why a declaration that one is superior to all the rest gets my attention. That being said, food experts (really) say for the best BBQ in Illinois, you need to not go to Chicago, but a completely different destination instead.
Everyone has a food opinion they feel strongly about. However, I tend to pay special attention when an entire network dedicated to food declares they know which BBQ joint in Missouri is the most awesome of them all and that's what just happened.
It's been said that records are meant to be broken. That's probably true for many things, but not the world record that is held by Kansas City that will absolutely never be broken. I can practically guarantee it.
It's no small feat to be named as one of the top stops for BBQ in the state of Missouri considering that the state is legendary (looking at you, KC) for great ribs, briskets, etc. One Hannibal BBQ location just got a big shout out from a major national website.
I love fun bear moments where bears are doing bear things and humans aren't messing with them. This is one of those things although there is something that concerns me about a bear who has the BBQ fired up and is chowing down. I'll attempt to explain.