In the year 1920, the United States would begin it’s journey through Prohibition, which would last until 1933. During this time, the nation would ban the production and distribution of alcohol, leaving the entire country sober…except for Kansas City. That’s right, these wonderful people chose to ignore the laws of prohibition and carry on with their drunken debauchery. It’s this rebellious attitude which has made Kansas City one of the top locations for great barbecue, and it’s why this week we’re heading to Kansas City to experience the Z-Man Sandwich.
The Z-Man, named after a local sports radio jockey, was invented by the great folks at Joe’s Kansas City BBQ. This beef, cheese, and onion ring sandwich is making my mouth water and my body tingle as I write this. Could be the savory beef or the sweet bbq sauce, but it’s most likely due to the magical powers of the Z-Man. Legend has it, 50 Z-Man’s were sent to the Minnesota twins before their devastating 7- 0 victory over the KC Royals. The next day, 51 Z-Man’s were sent to the KC Royals before their game against the Twins, in which the Royals redeemed themselves victorious. Do you believe in magic? Well we Jockey’s sure as hell do, so buckle up Chief because we’re goin on a wild culinary journey, and Toto and your Diet are NOT in Kansas anymore.
- 1 pound sliced corned beef
- provolone cheese
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
- kaiser buns
- Kansas City Style BBQ sauce
- 16 oz bag of frozen onion rings
- Cook Onion rings in oven per the instructions on the bag.
- In a skillet, over medium heat, melt butter. Add in corned beef and liquid smoke. Mix together and cook for about 5 minutes.
- Group corned beef into small stacks to fit on bun. Top with two slices of provolone, cover and cook for another 3 minutes or until the cheese melts.
- Cut kaiser roll in half. Spread BBQ sauce on bottom bun. Stack corned beef and cheese on bun. Top with onion rings and more BBQ sauce. Add top bun and Kansas City shuffle that sandwich down your gullet.