And the road trip continues (catch days 1 and 2/3 here if you missed out)! After an amazing 2 days in Fort Collins, we packed up and hit the road for Lincoln, Nebraska. My sister has friends who live there, so we were able to crash at their place instead of a hotel-score!
So wanna know it looks like driving from Colorado to Nebraska?
Yep, that’s all there pretty much was–corn! And a few soybean farms thrown in the mix, but mostly, just endless rows of corn and more corn. It definitely made the day go by a bit more slowly.
Lincoln is home to the University of Nebraska, a huge football school, so we of course had to tour the university and check out the football stadium. Much bigger than what we’re used to, though Virginia Tech’s stadium is a close rival!
We toured downtown Nebraska (sorry, forgot to take pictures–bad blogger!) and then headed out bright and early the next morning for St. Louis, Missouri. Jeff was beyond excited because we would be driving through one of the biggest barbecue towns in the country–Kansas City. While he drove, I scoured the internet for “best of” Kansas City barbecue joints until I found one that sounded perfect: Oklahoma Joe’s.
Of course I thought we were heading to Kansas City, Missouri, but turns out it was in Kansas City, Kansas. Oh well, that just added to the list of states I’d never been to before on the trip!
According to their website,
Oklahoma Joe’s Barbecue and Catering, Kansas City, KS is situated uniquely inside a gas station, with a company owned liquor store right next door. Oklahoma Joe’s has gained a local and national reputation for outstanding barbecue. The Zagat national restaurant survey rated Oklahoma Joe’s “Excellent” for barbecue in 2000…Great barbecue and long lines are the order of the day at Oklahoma Joe’s.
Yep, you read that right–it’s in a gas station. That fact should have made it a bit easier to find, but with me as the navigator, I managed to lead us right past it without even noticing. Oops!
We had the hardest time deciding what to order, but ultimately decided on a smoked turkey sandwich, a Z-Man sandwich with slow-smoked beef brisket, smoked provolone cheese, topped with crispy onion rings, and sides of potato salad and baked beans. Man, we were in for a feast.
We had the cat with us, so unfortunately, we couldn’t eat inside (they actually had a nice indoor seating area in the gas station!), and were forced to suffer through the smell until we found a nice shady park to eat at. Since this was nearly 30 minutes after we ordered, I promptly devoured all of the food before realizing I needed to take pictures. You’ll just have to take me at my word when I say it was hands down the best smoked meat I’ve ever had.
If you’re ever in the area, you definitely should check it out. Here’s their website!