Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ: A Legend Steps Down

In the heart of Kansas City, Kansas, two legendary pitmasters, Mary “Shorty” Jones and Deborah “Little” Jones, are bidding farewell to their beloved establishment, Jones Bar-B-Q. These trailblazing sisters, known for their appearance on the hit show Queer Eye, have decided to pass on the torch due to their age, health concerns, and staffing limitations.

Jones Bar-B-Q has a rich history that dates back to the 1970s when their father, Leavy B. Jones Sr., first opened its doors. But after an astounding 43 years of serving mouthwatering barbecue to Kansas City locals and visitors alike, the time has come for the sisters to take a well-deserved break.

However, their departure doesn’t mean they’re disappearing completely. Mary and Deborah plan to train the new owners and graciously share their cherished recipes. They’ll always be just a phone call away, ready to lend their expertise and guidance to ensure the ongoing success of the restaurant.

The popularity of Jones Bar-B-Q soared after their heartwarming appearance on Queer Eye in 2019, attracting visitors from all around the globe. To keep up with the growing demand, the sisters even introduced the city’s first-ever barbecue vending machine, filled with delectable rib tips and burnt ends.

The demand for their savory creations is so high that the restaurant often sells out before the usual 3 p.m. closing time. Ribs aficionados like Rick Wheaton have made it a point to savor their exceptional barbecue before the sisters bid farewell.

While the sisters may be stepping aside from the business, they are not parting with everything. Their renowned Jones Bar-B-Q Sauce, born out of the Queer Eye experience, will continue to be available online and in select stores. This secret family recipe, alongside their iconic sausage, will remain a sweet and savory memory of their legacy.

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Mary’s post-retirement plans include becoming a teacher, as she believes the children need her presence now more than ever. Deborah, on the other hand, is looking forward to a role in the warehouse, where she can avoid prolonged periods of standing.

Devoted fans of Jones Bar-B-Q, such as Detra Wilson, are feeling a mixture of sadness and anxiety about the prospect of new owners. The personal connection they feel with the sisters goes beyond the delicious food they serve. It’s the love and dedication that permeate every bite.

As Mary and Deborah move on to the next chapter of their lives, they have high expectations for the future owner of Jones Bar-B-Q. They emphasize the importance of understanding the basics: exceptional customer service and the art of crafting proper barbecue. But above all, they stress that the new owner must bring the most crucial ingredient of all—love. Love for the craft, for the experience, and for the satisfaction of every customer.

With their heads held high, just as they did 43 years ago when they first stepped into the world of barbecue, Mary and Deborah are now gracefully exiting together. Their legacy will forever be etched in the hearts and taste buds of Kansas City, leaving behind a smoky, delicious trail for others to follow.

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