I was surprised to see an article about Arthur Bryant's BBQ Restaurant in the Travel and Indulgence section of The Australian newspaper. This cartoon appeared in the KC Star when Arthur passed away in 1982. The restaurant was reopened the following year and has kept the BBQ tradition alive.
My thinking is that you all might want to take the advice of The Australian and come to Kansas City to taste the BBQ. I'd love to be your tour guide to the best ribs in town. :)