KC Barbecue Legend Quick’s Bar-B-Q Turns 50

New changes help keep the historic pitmasters rolling on

Kansas City has a long history with barbecue, and the city’s barbecue restaurants have a long history with KC.

Just look at Quick’s Bar-B-Q, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary today by making 1,000 slabs of ribs and selling them for just $9.19. The restaurant founded by Earl Quick has stayed in the family; his son Ron Quick and grandson Dustin Quick run the business today, where food is still made the old-fashioned way.

Earl Quick, smiling outside his Kansas City BBQ restaurant, sometime in 1964.

Meats are personally selected for quality and cooked slowly in Quick’s hickory-fired ovens, giving a distinct flavor and unbeatable aroma to classic dishes like pulled pork, smoked chicken and spare ribs.

But the barbecue spot is by no means stuck in the past—last year, Quick’s introduced a food truck. The family legacy rolls on.

Earl taking a quick pose behind the counter in 1982.