Three bites of BBQ news

Wichita cannot be accused of depriving its citizens of barbecue. I have three  pieces of smoky barbecue news that might interest you today.

The first one is about Carrie B’s, a bar-just-turned-barbecue-joint that’s been attached to the Wichita Inn on west Kellogg since the early 1980s. (I have memories of staying there with my parents a few times as a kid and popping into Carrie B’s.)

The bar moved across Kellogg with the hotel seven years ago and kept its regular crowd, but when the smoking ban took effect, business took a hit. Owners recently decided to start serving barbecue and now are calling the business Carrie B’s Bar and BBQ. They’re serving ribs, brisket, pulled pork and smoked sausages and smoking all the meat themselves. They also created their own rubs and sauces and hired longtime chef-about-town Randy Hare to do the cooking. Hours are 11 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday and 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday. It’s at 6339 W. Kellogg. Call 316-260-8550 for more information.

In other saucy news, Fire It Up Pit BBQ at 4628 S. Seneca is putting on one of its all-you-can eat rib days tomorrow. From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., dine-in patrons can get all the ribs they can stomach plus two sides and a drink for $9.99. Call , call 316-425-7020 for more information.

Also, a reader called me last week wondering about the new barbecue place going in near the Loony Bin at 21st and Woodlawn. That restaurant is to be called Payne’s Smokehouse BBQ and it’ll open in the old Backstage Bar & Grill space sometime in August.

Fire It Up Pit BBQ

I received an enthusiastic e-mail recently about a new-ish barbecue place at 4628 S. Seneca called “Fire It Up.”

It’s owned by Shawn Naegele, Brian Patterson, Brandon Greenlee and Patrick Davis, who were appealingly described to me as “four friends dedicated to lip-smacking bbq.”

What a coincidence! I also am dedicated to lip-smacking bbq, and I’m especially dedicated to eating it.

Fire It Up is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and specializes in ribs, brisket, pulled pork, turkey, hot links, etc. It also offers meats by the pound, ribs only, and sides such as sweet potato fries and fried okra. The rubs and sauces were created by the owners.

For more information on Fire It Up, call 316-425-7020, or visit the website, where you also can view the menu.