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Apparently “Burnt Ends” is a Thing

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I really like good BBQ, so I’m in a little bit of shock it’s taken me this long to encounter “burnt ends” (the crispy, super flavorful point part of a brisket). On the other hand, it’s discoveries like this that fuel my love of travel — “I gotta get out more.”

Funnily enough, my introduction to this delicacy was not in Austin, TX or any other BBQ center in the South. It was at Mojo no. 4 Urban BBQ & Whiskey Bar, ranked #4 for BBQ on Yelp and on the way to my next stop. It was on a charming bit of St. John’s Avenue, a revitalized little main street in the middle of a residential area with a variety of modern, trendy looking restaurants.

Mojo no.4 urban bbq and whiskey bar exterior

The outside is very plain, a modest sign and a dim entryway. Inside was quite spacious, and also quite empty for lunch at 11:30 on a Saturday. I was glad for that, with the cement floors and open space I bet it gets quite loud when crowded.

Mojo no.4 urban bbq and whiskey bar dining room

Mojo no.4 urban bbq and whiskey bar area

The menu had a wide variety of options and A LOT of whiskey.

Mojo no.4 urban bbq and whiskey bar drink menu

Mojo no.4 urban bbq and whiskey bar dinner menu

Mojo no.4 urban bbq and whiskey bar lunch menu

Mojo no.4 urban bbq and whiskey bar appetizers

After ordering the Burnt Ends which I’d never heard of before, I asked the waitress what Mojo was best known for. She recommended the pulled pork and beef brisket and mac & cheese and sweet potato mash for sides.

The Burnt Ends are amazing!! Crispy, charred, moist, and flavorful.

Mojo no.4 urban bbq and whiskey bar kansas city burnt ends

The lunch portions are enormous!

Mojo no.4 urban bbq and whiskey bar double meat platter

The meat was a little dry, but very tender and nice flavor. Not the best I’ve had but definitely good BBQ. The sweet potato mash was very sweet and quite good. The mac & cheese had a crispy herby top, but was my least favorite. It tasted like fake cheese.

Mojo no.4 urban bbq and whiskey bar sauces

There were a variety of sauces – chipotle, mojo, sweet, mustard, and vinegar –mostly mediocre, though fortunately the meat didn’t need much.

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