Get Fired Up! Kansas City-Style Barbecue Comes to Orange County

Kansas City-style barbecue is coming to Orange County when Ember BBQ debuts in Santa Ana on Thursday, January 4th. Chef/Owner Derrick Foster who was born & raised in Kansas City, is bringing his hometown style of cooking to downtown Santa Ana where Ember BBQ will be taking over the food operations of Native Son Alehouse. Ember BBQ will serve a limited “Snack Menu” on Tuesday and Wednesday, and a full “Smokehouse Menu” Thursday through Sunday for lunch and dinner.

With an on-site smoker, Chef Derrick stays true to Kansas City-style barbecue tradition and history by featuring a variety of meats rubbed with a blend of spices and slow-smoked over hickory wood. His “Smokehouse Menu” features sliced-to-order 1855 Certified Angus Beef Brisket from Colorado, St. Louis Ribs, Smoked Chicken, and Pulled Pork. He showcases creativity in dishes such as Hogchos, his take on traditional nachos, using chicharron in place of tortilla chips, topped with pulled pork, smoked cheese sauce, pork jerky, pickled onion, sour cream, jalapenos and his house-made BBQ sauce. Traditional sides are made with the utmost attention, including his Rancho Gordo BBQ Beans, which are peppered with brisket burnt ends; Cheesy Corn, which features a Mornay sauce and fresh-off-the-cob corn; and made-from-scratch traditional banana pudding.

“Kansas City has more than 100 barbecue joints and many have national recognition – I’m trying to bring some of that excitement to Orange County,” explains Chef Derrick, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park who has worked in the kitchens of Corton, The Musket Room, The Rieger and Le Bernardin. “This is definitely food that requires patience and passion, and I’m excited to share my love for it with local diners.”

Kansas City-style barbecue refers to the specific regional style of slowly smoked meats that originated in the early 1900's in Kansas City, Missouri. Chef Derrick’s menu showcases a wide variety of meats, from pork and sausage, to chicken and beef, including Burnt Ends, which are distinctive to Kansas City. Ember BBQ is set to debut on Thursday, January 4th at Native Son Alehouse (305 E. 4th St. #200, Santa Ana). A limited “Snack Menu” will be offered Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. until sold out. For more information, follow Ember Pop-Up BBQ on Instagram @emberbarbecue

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