The most tender ribs on the planet
A brief walk though small town America
If I were to say skiing, you'd say something like Colorado, Utah or maybe Montana. Still there are numerous local hills all around the country that allow you to get your ski on and sometimes a little bit more. We shot out to Snow Creek yesterday just North West of Kansas City. Once we were good and hungry we met a few families in the town of Weston to have a bite to eat at a local legend.
The Tin Kitchen is known for having some of the best Bar-B-Q on the planet. I can now attest to that as I devoured the most tender half slab of ribs I've ever eaten.
While eating with 3 generations of family and friends the treasure of small town America rushed in. Fast food doesn't exist here and you quite rapidly lose the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The food in small town America is not fast, it's simply good. Fries that are not made from a Costco vendor and Bar-B-Q that is to die for. Let me tell you it's worth the wait.
So often as you drive through rural America you see small towns struggling to catch up and adapt to modern life. Here in Weston it was a terrific bustling of busy streets and old town values that are still the backbone of what originally made America great.
As I hid my phone and the sense of time evaporated from existence, I pulled my camera and strolled main street for a while.
With new eyes I headed for the Ram and to my delight, found a local distillery. Wives all around the globe will attest the simple fact that a man just simply cannot pass by a distillery. In this case that fact once again proved to be true.
The two men who rushed to help answer any questions looked equally ready to hang out and and shoot the shit over a whiskey. With over an hour drive ahead of me I chose the next best option and settled in to see what McCormick on Main had to offer.
The McCormick Distilling Company had three items that peaked my interest. It also prompted me to schedule another trip in the future to visit the distillery itself located not too far from main street Weston.
First the Triple Crown with a description right from their website:
"Award-winning Triple Crown Whiskey is the world’s best North American Blended Whiskey. North American grain is blended with the purest water to produce a whiskey with a deep amber color and notes of caramel and toﬀee. The ﬁnal product has a delicate ﬁnish but is rich with character. Triple Crown Butterscotch adds the comforting blend of authentic butterscotch ﬂavor for a touch of sweetness."
Second their Platte Valley Corn Whiskey with a description from their website:
"Authentic American Corn Whiskey since 1856. Smooth, complex, and full of character, Platte Valley oﬀers a premium taste that can only come from 160 years of whiskey-making experience. This small batch 100% Straight Corn Whiskey is handcrafted in ceramic jugs and cork-sealed. Platte Valley FireShine takes our authentic corn whiskey and kicks it up a notch with a little sweet heat."
Last but certainly not least was an imported Irish Creme from Ireland.
"Five Farms Irish Cream Liqueur has been awarded the Chairman’s Trophy at the 2018 Ultimate Spirits Challenge, the premier spirits competition in the world. The 97 score awarded to Five Farms is the highest that an Irish Cream Liqueur has ever received in this prestigious competition, signaling the arrival of a brand that is poised to elevate the category."
So there you have it. Take a day and throw your phone in a drawer. Take a risk and venture out on a new unbroken path. Relax and rediscover the roots of what makes the United States so great. Small Town America.