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Missouri Beats Kansas Hands Down When It Comes to BBQ

Missouri Beats Kansas Hands Down When It Comes to BBQ

In the heart of America, a rivalry simmers like Kansas City’s famous barbecue sauce. Missouri and Kansas have long sparred over which state reigns supreme in culture, attractions, and, of course, barbecue. With spirited debate akin to a college football game, let’s dig in and see who truly comes out on top.

1. Kansas City BBQ vs. St. Louis BBQ

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Missouri serves the first volley with St. Louis-style BBQ, a dish that sticks to your ribs in all the right ways. And then, of course, there’s Kansas City BBQ—oh wait, that’s also Missouri’s point. It’s almost like Missouri’s being petty, hogging all the barbecue glory. Kansas, do you even grill, bro?

2. Jazz in Kansas City vs. Country Music in Wichita

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Missouri swings again with Kansas City jazz, a smooth, soulful melody that fills the night air. Kansas strums back with the country music scene in Wichita. But let’s be honest, when it comes to setting the mood, nothing beats a saxophone under the streetlights of Kansas City (Missouri, remember?).

3. The Arch vs. The Flint Hills

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The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, a towering monument to westward expansion, offers Missouri another win with its iconic, stainless steel curve. Kansas’ response, the rolling, majestic Flint Hills, whispers of untouched America. Majestic, yes, but can you ride to the top of it for a view of the city? Didn’t think so.

4. Missouri River vs. Kansas River

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Missouri claims the mighty Missouri River, the longest river in North America, a lifeline of the Midwest. Kansas paddles in with the Kansas River, a hardworking tributary that… well, eventually just gives in and joins the Missouri River. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow, right Kansas?

5. College Basketball: Mizzou vs. Jayhawks

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The rivalry heats up with college basketball. Missouri’s Tigers prowl fiercely, but Kansas’ Jayhawks soar. Yet, when it comes to the thrill of the game, both states stand tall. We’ll call this a tie, lest we start a civil war.

6. Craft Beer Scene in St. Louis vs. Breweries in Lawrence

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Missouri pours a cold one with St. Louis’ rich brewing history and craft beer scene, home to giants and microbreweries alike. Kansas taps into the competition with the charming breweries of Lawrence, a frothy effort but… let’s just say Missouri’s cup runneth over.

7. Branson vs. Dodge City

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Missouri entertains with Branson, the family-friendly Las Vegas… without the casinos but with all the shows. Kansas draws with Dodge City, a walk through the Wild West. Both have their charms, but only one has Dolly Parton’s Stampede.

8. Lake of the Ozarks vs. Tuttle Creek Lake

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With the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri invites you to its vast water playground, a serpentine lake with more shoreline than California. Kansas offers Tuttle Creek Lake, a lovely spot for fishing and picnics. It’s quaint, Kansas, really, but Missouri is ready for the party.

9. Missouri’s Vineyards vs. Kansas’ Sunflower Fields

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Missouri toasts with its award-winning vineyards, a sip of the good life amidst rolling hills. Kansas blooms back with sunflower fields, a sea of yellow under the open sky. Both are Instagram gold, but only one pairs well with cheese.

10. Forest Park vs. Botanica Wichita Gardens

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St. Louis’ Forest Park, larger than Central Park and filled with attractions, gives Missouri another nudge forward. Kansas’ Botanica Wichita is a floral feast for the senses, but let’s be real, does it have its own zoo?

11. The Katy Trail vs. The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

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Missouri rides along the Katy Trail, the longest recreational rail-trail in the U.S. Kansas waves its tall grass at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, a testament to what the continent looked like once upon a prairie. Lovely, Kansas, but Missouri’s got bike trails and wineries along the way.

12. Science City vs. Cosmosphere

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Kansas hits back with the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, a gem for space enthusiasts. Missouri counters with Science City in Kansas City, a hands-on haven for curious minds of all ages. It’s a tough round, but space is pretty cool, Kansas. We’ll give you this one.

13. St. Louis Art Museum vs. Wichita Art Museum

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The St. Louis Art Museum, free to the public and home to masterpieces galore, showcases Missouri’s cultural clout. Kansas offers the Wichita Art Museum, a respectable collection in its own right. Art is subjective, but free is free, Missouri for the win.

14. Silver Dollar City vs. Worlds of Fun

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Missouri brings the fun with Silver Dollar City, an 1880s-themed amusement park that’s both a trip back in time and a thrill-seeker’s delight. Worlds of Fun in Kansas City (Missouri, again—awkward) throws its coaster into the ring, too. Looks like Missouri’s double-dipping in the fun department.

15. Missouri’s Diversity vs. Kansas’ Sunsets

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Missouri prides itself on its cultural diversity, a mosaic of communities and cuisines. Kansas paints the sky with some of the most breathtaking sunsets you’ll ever see. Beauty’s in the eye of the beholder, but diversity brings more flavors to the table.

The End of the List 

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Oh, were we supposed to find more things for Kansas? Our bad. It seems we’ve run out of list, but not out of good things about Missouri—sorry, Kansas. From the jazz-infused streets of Kansas City to the scenic wineries dotting its countryside, Missouri’s just got that extra bit of spice. And while Kansas has its charms, when it comes to this rivalry, Missouri takes the cake… and barbecues it, too. So, hats off to both states, but in this friendly feud, Missouri’s variety, culture, and just having Kansas City (yes, we’re still on that) give it the edge. Sorry, Kansas, maybe next time.

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