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Snead’s Bar-B-Q in Belton, Missouri

Snead’s brisket sandwich and fries

Today I visited Snead’s Bar-B-Q in Belton, Missouri.  Snead’s is located in Belton and has been around since 1956!  I checked out their website to get a little bit of the history of Snead’s and found this:

Mr. Snead designed and constructed both the building and the brick bar-b-que pit. The building was made of concrete; pouring the walls flat, then raising them and tying them together with steel and more concrete. The inside walls of the dining room are Missouri walnut and the counter finished in cherry wood. The original dining room seated 80 customers. In 1972, Mr. Snead added a second room with a brick fireplace. The walls were filled with windows that provided a beautiful outdoor view. Finally, in 1991, Mr. Snead added the third dining room with a large stone fireplace and a wall of windows. Today, Sneads Bar-B-Que will seat over 200 customers. Still standing, directly behind the restaurant, is a Burr Oak tree that was recognized by the Department of Conservation as a Bicentennial tree. In 1976 it was at least 200 years old. Only hickory wood is used in the original brick bar-b-que pit. The smoke flavor in the bar-b-que beans and sauces is obtained by cooking them in large kettles in the brick pit. The bar-b-que sauce is an original recipe of Mr. Sneads dating back to 1956. Mr. Snead passed away in 1994, but Sneads Bar-B-Q continues to provide great tasting hickory smoked meats from the old fashioned brick pit.

Lots of history behind this place!

I arrived around 1:00 on Friday.  This is a sit down restaurant where a hostess seats you and you are served by a waitress.  I was waited on instantly and ordered a large brisket sandwich and fries.  You can order it on a round bun or a long bun and I chose the round bun.  The sandwich was around 10 dollars and the fries were $2.50 extra.

I received my order within five minutes.  The sandwich is served with slices of brisket and no sauce on the sandwich.  The brisket was tender but a bit chewy with a nice smoke ring and hickory smoke flavor.  It was nicely rimmed of fat, but was not real warm.  The brisket was cooked really good so that you do not need sauce to enjoy the sandwich. 

The sandwich was served with a small cup of coleslaw and a nice serving of fries.  I tried the barbecue sauce with my fries.  I thought the sauce was excellent.  It was a mild sauce with a unique flavor to it.  It obviously had some spices that I couldn’t quite identify, but I was really a fan of it.

I need to visit again to try some of their other meats. Snead’s has been around a long time and is still quite popular!

I reached another milestone today with visit number 60!  My list  of restaurants dwindled a bit with four more closings, which means I have 12 left on the quest!  I can see the finish line!

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