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The Smoke Show: Kansas Tourism Releases New Story Series Episode Featuring BBQ

Jun 13, 2022

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TOPEKA – Kansas Tourism has released a new Story Series episode, this time showcasing Kansas barbecue pit masters and mouth-watering smoked meat from across the state. Viewers are advised not to watch the video hungry. Episode 5, “The Smoke Show: A Story of Kansas BBQ,” features barbecue made by the special people and families that helped make Kansas the famous BBQ destination we are known for today.

“Kansas is known worldwide for our BBQ and the pit masters in “The Smoke Show” highlight some of the best our state has to offer,” said Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland. “In towns of all sizes, all across our state, there are great places to visit and delicious eats to be had. The Story Series is a unique and exciting way to lift up those stories and let people know that if they aren’t exploring Kansas, they are missing out.”

You can watch the video here!

The BBQ pit masters and destinations featured in the video include:

Alex Hudson
Luther’s BBQ
Fort Scott

Desiree Amidon
Billy Sims BBQ

Ryan Collum
Roy’s Hickory Pit BBQ

Mary “Shorty” Jones & Deborah “Little” Jones
Jones Bar-B-Q
Kansas City

Katie Wise
Bite Me Barbecue

Stan Englert
The Ole Cook Shack BBQ

“The Story Series is about showing the faces and places that make Kansas special. BBQ is in our veins and on our fingers,” said Kansas Tourism Director Bridgette Jobe. “We’re telling the story of Kansas one chapter at a time, and we think everyone in the country should discover a new favorite BBQ spot in Kansas.”

Kansas Tourism launched the “To the Stories” campaign in May of 2021. The campaign evolved from a desire to share the fascinating faces and places across the state. The videos give an inside look at attractions, locations and people that help make Kansas a great place to live, work and explore.

Other episodes in the series can be found below and at

Exploring the Space Race at the Cosmosphere

Big Things In Small Batches at Union Horse Distilling Co.

Mountain Biking In Kansas! At Wilson State ParkA Cowboy State: A Tribute From The Kansas Poet Lariat