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Roscoe’s Barbecue in Edwardsville, Kansas

Roscoe’s Barbecue brisket sandwich and fries.

I met my buddy Frank for lunch today at Roscoe’s Barbecue in Edwardsville, KS.  Roscoe’s started as a competition barbecue team many years ago and competed in contests across the country.  The restaurant in Edwardsville opened in 2009 and has been going strong ever since.  According to their website, they use hickory, apple and cherry wood in their smoker, giving their meat a distinct smoky flavor.  They use a unique rub on their meats which is a combination of spices from all around the country.

I arrived just after noon on Friday.  This is a restaurant where you order at the counter, they give you a drink cup to fill at the self-serve drink station, and you choose a table and they deliver your food to you.  The main restaurant probably seats about 20-25 people, so it’s obviously not very big.  It was hard to find a parking spot out front as well.  Kind of a hole in the wall kind of place, but it was pretty nice on the inside.

I ordered a large brisket sandwich and fries.  My bill was $11.17.  You have the option to order the sandwich on a bun instead of bread. I didn’t pay enough attention to the menu when I ordered and I didn’t even realize that you had a choice between bread and a bun so I received my sandwich on bread.  I received my food about 10-15 minutes after placing the order.   The sandwich is served as slices of brisket with their sauce on the sandwich.  The meat was warm and tender with a nice smoky hickory flavor and a crispy bark with a nice tasting rub on it.  After a few bites the sandwich got a little dry, but the taste of the meat made up for it.  I was afraid the bread might get soggy, but it really didn’t so I was glad about that.

I tried their sauce on my fries.  The sauce is pretty sweet and has a molasses flavor to it.  It was a bit too sweet for my taste, but it’s definitely a unique barbecue sauce and I don’t remember tasting anything quite like it before.  The fries were standard fries you would get at most places and didn’t have any kind of seasoning on them.

I hate selfies, but what the heck.  I liked the sign.

If you’ve never been to Roscoe’s, make sure you put it in the GPS or you might accidentally drive right by it like I did!  It’s in between a gas station and an auto shop on the south side of 32 highway in Edwardsville right off of 435.  I’m glad I found this place, as they have good barbecue and it’s relatively close to The Legends, which I visit occasionally.

This is visit number 21 on my quest.  51 more to go!  Till next time….

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