The beginning of Kansas City’s barbeque passion is traced back to 1907 when “The Barbecue King,” Henry Perry, began selling his creations out of his push-cart barbecue stand. By the time Perry passed away in the late 1930s, he had three standing barbecue restaurants – and many fans imitating his technique to create their own recipes.
Fast forward to 1976, Zarda Bar-B-Q was founded by brothers Jerry, Mike and Steve Zarda. One of few original family-owned Kansas City barbeque businesses, Zarda continues to provide timeless Kansas City barbecue that will be around for many more years to come.
From humble beginnings to a worldwide phenomenon, learn more about the story behind the history of Kansas City barbecue in the VisitKC video below.