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Deborah Jones holds a plate of barbecue at Jones BBQ in Kansas City, Kan. Jones and her sister are among the few women barbecue pitmasters in the area. (Dean Russell/Here & Now)MoreCloseclosemore
Deborah Jones holds a plate of barbecue at Jones BBQ in Kansas City, Kan. Jones and her sister are among the few women barbecue pitmasters in the area. (Dean Russell/Here & Now)

Kansas City loves its barbecue. With ​around 100 barbecue restaurants in the metropolitan area, you could spend a long time getting to know the many variations of pulled pork, burnt ends, long ends, short ends, yard birds, shiners and Z-Mans.

Speaking with Kansas City Star food editor Jill Silva (@kcstarfood), Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson ​learns about Kansas City barbecue and ​traces​ its​ history back to Henry Perry, who served barbecue from a trolley barn in the early 1900s. Hobson also gets some tips from Deborah Jones, ​who co-owns Jones BBQ​ with her sister and​ is​ among the few women barbecue pitmasters in the area.

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Mary and Deborah Jones in 2001. (Courtesy Julie Jacobson)
Mary and Deborah Jones in 2001. (Courtesy Julie Jacobson)
Deborah Jones working the pit at Jones BBQ in Kansas City, Kan. (Dean Russell/Here & Now)
Deborah Jones working the pit at Jones BBQ in Kansas City, Kan. (Dean Russell/Here & Now)
Deborah Jones slices brisket at Jones BBQ in Kansas City, Kan. (Dean Russell/Here & Now)
Deborah Jones slices brisket at Jones BBQ in Kansas City, Kan. (Dean Russell/Here & Now)
(Dean Russell/Here & Now)
(Dean Russell/Here & Now)
Jones BBQ in Kansas City, Kan. (Dean Russell/Here & Now)
Jones BBQ in Kansas City, Kan. (Dean Russell/Here & Now)

This segment aired on October 26, 2017.

Jeremy Hobson Twitter Co-Host, Here & Now
Before coming to WBUR to co-host Here & Now, Jeremy Hobson hosted the Marketplace Morning Report, a daily business news program with an audience of more than six million.

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