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kccKC CHRONICLE   October 2023 Newsletter


Smokin’ Rhythms and Saucy Blues: The Jazzed-Up Barbecue Alchemy of Kansas City!

By: Forest Palmer

Kansas City, the cradle of jazz and blues, is also home to a culinary symphony that serenades the palate with smoky, spicy, and sweet melodies, truly a testament to the city’s rich and vibrant culture. Here, barbecue is not just food; it’s a rhythmic experience, a harmonious blend of flavors that dance together, creating a taste symphony that is as colorful and diverse as a jazz ensemble.

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The Rhythmic Foundation: The Meat

In Kansas City barbecue, meat plays the rhythm section, providing the solid foundation upon which the other elements build. Much like the pulsating beats of a double bass, the meats, whether it be pork, beef, or chicken, lay down the fundamental tones of the barbecue symphony, each one contributing its unique texture and flavor profile.

The Saucy Blues: The Sauce

The sauce is the bluesy melody that drapes the meat, infusing each bite with its tangy, spicy, and sweet tunes. It is the guitar solo that pulls at your heartstrings, the saxophone riff that makes your soul sway. In Kansas City, the sauce is the lead vocalist of the barbecue band, a melody of tomato, molasses, and spices, singing sweet and smoky tunes, bringing tears of joy to the eyes of every barbecue lover.

The Spicy Improv: The Rub

The spice rub is the jazz improvisation of the barbecue, the spontaneous and adventurous spice mix that brings the unexpected to the table. It’s the trumpet’s high note, the piano’s quick scale, the unpredictable spice that makes every bite an exciting exploration of flavors. It dances around the taste buds, flirting with the senses and creating a spicy symphony that is as exhilarating as a jazz solo.

The Crispy Harmony: The Bark

The bark, that crispy, charred outer layer, is the harmonic counterpart, providing contrast and balance, like the soft notes of a blues piano against the wailing of a harmonica. It’s the crispy rhythm that makes your taste buds clap, the crunchy harmony that resonates with every bite, adding depth and dimension to the barbecue’s melody.

The Sweet Refrain: The Sides

The sides are the sweet refrains of the barbecue concerto, the comforting echo of familiar tunes. Be it the creamy coleslaw, the buttery cornbread, or the sweet baked beans, they are the soothing harmonies that embrace the spicy, smoky notes, softening the edges and completing the barbecue symphony.

Jazzed-Up Culinary Symphony

Kansas City is where blues and jazz embrace barbecue, where culinary and musical expressions intertwine, creating a harmonious experience that satisfies the soul and the stomach. The establishments here, from the legendary Arthur Bryant's to the popular Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que, are the stages where barbecue maestros conduct their smoky symphonies, wooing the world with their saucy tunes and smokin’ rhythms.

Kansas City barbecue is more than a regional cuisine; it's a flavorful symphony, a culinary representation of the city’s rich heritage. The intoxicating dance of flavors, the rhythmic interplay of textures, and the soulful harmonies create a culinary composition that, much like a timeless blues number or an infectious jazz tune, leaves an indelible imprint on the heart. The barbecue here is a melodic ode to the city’s history, a flavorful metaphor for its cultural tapestry, and a saucy symphony that sings the tales of Kansas City’s blues and jazz roots, making every bite a flavorful journey through the city’s vibrant heritage.

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budtender highlight

Michael Jones, a 33-year-old Lee's Summit native, has been with team KCC for a little over 9 months now and has become a well known budtender around several of our locations. Beyond his role as a friendly face at KCC dispensary, Michael is a musician, an artist, and a devoted family man.

Hailing from the Blue Springs school district, Michael's life has been steeped in creativity from a young age. The arts have been an integral part of his journey, driving his desire to create and explore. He was a bass guitarist in a pop-punk band called Down to None and an art major in college. Alongside his artistic inclinations, Michael finds solace and rejuvenation in the great outdoors. He prefers to spend his free time as a family with his wife, Caela, and their daughter Lena, immersing themselves in nature.

Michael was attracted to the cannabis industry because it provides the unique opportunity to combine his experience and skills in retail with his passion for cannabis. "I am good at retail and sales, and it is much easier to sell a product that you're passionate about," he explains. Prior to joining KCC, he spent a couple years working at another dispensary, which provided a foundational understanding for how dispensaries work. What sets KCC apart, in Michael's eyes, is the dispensary's commitment to training their staff and recommending the best products for customers without the pressure to push a specific house brand.

Michael's personal journey with cannabis began during his teenage years. At around 16, he and some friends smoked a bowl at a party, leading to an enjoyable evening of munchies and laughter. Although he didn't extensively use cannabis during high school, it became a valuable companion during his college years, where he studied art. Cannabis helped him focus, ignite his creativity, and complete his artistic projects.

Working in the cannabis industry has been an enlightening experience for Michael. Contrary to his initial expectations of primarily younger customers, he's encountered many older individuals seeking relief from pain management. Transitioning to KCC provided a fresh perspective and a deeper understanding of cannabis and its benefits. The legal cannabis industry's product diversity is what Michael loves most. He enjoys trying different products to gain insights for helping customers make informed choices. While he's a fan of smoking flower, he has recently explored edibles, particularly favoring ratio products that contain multiple cannabinoids.

When it comes to cannabis, Michael has specific preferences. He enjoys full-spectrum edibles with a 30-40mg dosage to experience the effects without becoming overwhelmed. His favorite flower brands in Missouri include Vibe and Vivid, praising Vibe for their customer friendly shake ounce options and great deals on preroll packs. His favorite edibles on the market are Gron pearls and Panda FECO gummies.

Looking ahead, Michael envisions himself continuing to thrive in the cannabis industry. In five years, he hopes to explore opportunities in different states as cannabis legalization continues to spread. Ten years down the line, he envisions settling into a comfortable home in a warmer climate with a couple of cars while growing his side business.


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Local Cannabis: Lemon Cherry Gelato

“Lemon Cherry Gelato was a great hybrid very good for a daytime motivational flower. Had a nice sweet taste with a hint of the gelato skunks smell/taste. The buds we all very pretty buds and had a nice aroma right when you open the jar. If you’re looking for a nice “get stuff done around the house” strain then this is the one! Anyone who is a fan of gelato strains will love this! Would smoke again!”
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Infused Cooking with KCC

Spooky Halloween season goes hand-in-hand with fun treats! While the kiddos get all candy, the adults get other types of fun treats. This receipe is an simple yet fun addition to any adult gathering!

Cannabis Infused Witch's Cauldron Brownies

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What you'll need:
Brownie mix, plus ingredients listed
Mini muffin pan(s)
Green food coloring
Pretzle sticks, sprinkles (optional)

Brownie mix, plus ingredients listed (cannabis infused oil/butter for the mix)
Buttercream frosting ingredients:
  - 1 stick of butter, or 1/2 cup (cannabis infused)
  - 1/2 cup powdered sugar

1.Preheat the oven and prepare the brownie mix as directed on the box.
2.Spray a mini muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. Fill each muffin well 2/3 full with brownie batter.
3.Bake for 10-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
4.Remove from the oven and use a 1/2 tablespoon to create indentations in each brownie. Allow the brownies to cool completely then remove from the pan.
5.To make the buttercream, beat the infused butter with an electric mixer until smooth, 30 seconds. Gradually add in the powered sugar, beating until incorporated. Add in a small amount of green food coloring, beat until mixed.
6.Use a spoon to put a dollop of buttercream in each brownie cauldron. Use the spoon to create wisps in the buttercream.
7.Add sprinkles. If you want to create the look that the cauldron is bubbling over, have the buttercream go down the side of the brownie and add sprinkles there too.
8.Add optional broken pretzel stick to each cauldron as a stir spoon.
9.Serve or store on the counter until ready to serve if serving the same day, otherwise store in tupperware container until ready to serve.

Canna-Butter/or Oil

What you'll need:
- Double Boiler or Saucepan
- 1 Cup Butter/or Oil
- 1 Cup ground Cannabis Flower
- 1 Cup water (if using saucepan with butter)
- Cheesecloth or fine strainer

*Decarb cannabis before using for infustion*
1. Set a double boiler to a low simmer
2. Combine cannabis, Butter/Oil, and water (if butter).
3. Simmer on low for 2-3 hours, keeping oil temp between 160º-200ºF. (Do not exceed 200ºF)
4. Once cooled, remove plant matter by straining.
TIP: Do not press too hard when straining - this will add chlorophyll, giving it more of a plant taste.

*Refrigerate few hours/overnight, remove any excess water that forms at bottom of container*

To calculate dosage for your infused product, there are online calculators like this one featured at hempster.com.


Decarboxylation (Flower)

What you'll need:
- Baking Sheet
- Cannabis Flower
- Grinder

1. Grind Cannabis flower.
2. Spread evenly on baking sheet, lined with parchment.
3. Preheat oven to 230ºF
4. "Bake" Cannabis for 30min. Cannabis should look toasted.

Decarboxylation (Wax)

What you'll need:
- Baking Sheet
- Concentrate

1. Preheat oven to 200ºF
2. Place concentrate in oven safe dish or silicone
3. "Bake" Concentrate for 20-25min, until wax is done bubbling.

Please email info@kccannabis.org to submit feedback, questions, or recipe requests.

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