Vote: Help us narrow the field to find the 16 best burnt ends in KC – Kansas City Star

By Sarah Gish

February 22, 2018 5:32 PM

We’re on a mission to find Kansas City’s best burnt ends — and we need your help.

The charred tips of smoked beef brisket are served at dozens of local ’cue spots. You can order them chopped at Gates Bar-B-Q, on a burger at Q39, or sauced on white bread at LC’s.

LC's burnt endsLC’s burnt ends. David Eulitt.

Who smokes your favorite burnt ends? Tell us by voting here or filling out the form below.

This list of 25 barbecue restaurants was compiled using reader recommendations from Twitter. Don’t see your go-to spot? Check “Other” and write it in.

Voting ends on Tuesday, Feb. 27. The 16 barbecue joints with the most votes will advance to our March Madness-style burnt ends tournament, which starts on March 7. Each week, we’ll organize the restaurants into “games” and ask readers to vote for their favorites.

Zarda burnt endsZarda’s burnt ends. Sarah Gish Kansas City Star.

The ultimate winner — the maker of the best burnt ends in Kansas City — will be revealed on April 4.

If this sounds familiar, it might be because we made a french fry bracket in 2017, and a fried chicken bracket in 2016. Go Chicken Go sizzled its way to the top of the fried chicken tourney, and Joe’s Kansas City crunched the competition to win the fries contest.