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The new Kansas City Barbecue Pit in Decatur is shown. The owner lived in Kansas City, Missouri, before returning to Decatur. 

DECATUR — Kansas City has found its way to Decatur.

Shaun McBride is owner of the new Kansas City Barbecue Pit at 2645 N. Oakland Ave. in Decatur. 

McBride was raised in Decatur, but moved to Kansas City, Missouri.

“Living in Kansas City you become a barbecue connoisseur,” he said. “They say it is the barbecue capital of the nation.”

He worked with barbecue chefs he knew to create his popular sauce and learn other techniques. His menu includes chicken legs, beef brisket, turkey and pork, as well as half and whole slabs of ribs. On Fridays, they serve catfish or salmon dinners.

“A lot of people think rib tips are a little tough,” McBride said. “But our special seasoning and blend that we use and the smoking technique makes them moist.”

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There also are homemade side dishes such as potato salad, coleslaw, smoked potatoes and baked beans. 

The recipes have been passed down through generations. “Recipes that have been in the family,” he said. “It’s been perfected. We put our heart and soul into it.”

As the weather changes, the staff will also change the menu to include fall and winter items such as sweet potatoes.

McBride gives credit for the unique taste of the food to his homemade grill. No matter weather conditions, the outside cooker will be fired up.

“It is an all-weather unit,” he said. “At 250 degrees the snow will be just fine.”


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Contact Donnette Beckett at (217) 421-6983. Follow her on Twitter: @donnettebHR

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"Together Decatur" Columnist and Food and Drink Reporter

“Together Decatur” columnist and food and drink reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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