An Up-and-Coming Kansas City Barbecue Business Has Taken Over the Kitchen at Little Beast Brewing

Like many other Portland pit masters, Kevin Koch opened Lawless Barbecue in an attempt to alleviate some homesickness. Koch moved from Kansas City to Portland around 13 years ago, working for the Italian restaurant group Buggati’s and other food service jobs around the area. But he longed for the Kansas City style of barbecue that he had grown up with: spare ribs, barbecue beans, pulled pork, and lots of barbecue sauce. Not finding in it in a town known for its Texas barbecue scene, he decided to make it himself via a small, takeout-and-delivery business he called Lawless Barbecue. Now, Lawless Barbecue has found a permanent home, serving nachos,

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