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BB's Lawn Side BBQ

1205 E. 85th Street

Jo says, "It was a tough decision but the location had everything we needed." Everything includes a 1950s pit for smoking, a full kitchen, large parking lot, and of course, a room large enough to serve up blues as well as barbecue.

In 1992 Jo gave up her job in advertising to devote full-time effort to managing the kitchen, employees and the books. Lindsay handles the marketing, advertising and entertainment, and together they provide the food: Lindsay's Kansas City-Style barbecue recipes and Jo's Louisiana recipes. Everything is made from scratch-from the sauce to the bread pudding.

BB's main focus is barbecue, but it wasn't long before Lindsay's love of the blues made live music a permanent item on the menu. BB's features live music Thursday through Sunday, and several special events are held each year, including the Sherwood Center Benefit, The Acoustic Blues Showcase, a benefit for the Kansas City Blues Society, as well as the Hope House benefit which helps abused women.

It lakes more than a love of the blues to be a good blues promoter, and Lindsay's credentials are impressive: founding member of the Kansas City Blues Society in 1980, blues radio DJ, and booking agent for the blues stage at Kansas City's Spirit Festival. Lindsay's successful radio show on KCFX, 101FM, The Fox,  "The Kansas City Blues Show," earned him the Blues Foundation's "Keeping the Blues Alive" award for blues in commercial radio in 1992.  Lindsay doesn't credit any particular moment for his love of the blues or barbecue.

When he was a boy, the Kansas City Blues, a farm team of the New York Yankees, played ball at a stadium close to all the barbecue places in the 18th and Vine district, and eating barbecue became part of the ritual. In the '50s and early '60s the opportunity to hear blues and jazz music came from AM radio stations including KPRS in Kansas City, and a Little Rock, Arkansas radio station that featured all the blues greats of the time. When Lindsay was in college he got his own smoking pit and began to develop barbecue recipes while listening to the blues.


Matt Uppman

Wednesday, July 4, 2018
This is one of my family’s favorite place to go.Their food is delicious and they’re live music is really fun. They have daily specials for food. My personal favorite is the a loaded baked potato on Wednesdays- conveniently also the same night that there is no cover for their music. It’s one of those old-school barbecue places. Come in and sit wherever you’d like at their picnic style tables. Not an upscale place but I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

V Vwj

Friday, June 15, 2018
We came in on a Friday night and the place was starting to pack up. They were able to get us a table and accommodating with our 1 and 2 years old. Service was fast and we got our food with plenty of time to eat and mingle. BBQ is on point, I had the full slab with 2 sides. I was sharing the meal with my 6 years old. Good portion size and great flavor. Will be back for sure.

Ryan Flanigan

Friday, July 13, 2018
This place is the real deal! If it's not a authentic blues joint. Then there is no such thing. Also in a town with so much BBQ to choose from they set themselves apart from KC normal. Very good. Lindsay and Joe know the deal. He hosts local blues show on 101 Fox every Sunday night. Very knowledgeable on local and national blues from start to present. Hidden treasure for sure.

Kelly McNeer

Sunday, July 8, 2018
I live 5 min away and always order to go. Burnt ends and chicken sandwich are my staples. Always busy, seating inside is long picnic tables. Super casual and fun atmosphere with outdoor seating andlive music at night. Ample parking


Sunday, June 3, 2018
Rib tips were great, nice meaty and well seasoned and smoked. The four piece Band "Blue Orleans" was even Greater very talented Sax/flute/clarinet player, at one point he played sax and clarinet simultaneously. The drummer cut loose on a solid solo, Buddy (only female in the group) very good singer along with her scrub board, tambourine, percussions and other sound effects. The two guitarists played amd sang well also. I truly enjoyed my visit. Will definitely return...

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