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How The Meat Shortage Is Affecting Grills And Smokers Throughout Kansas City

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Some meat suppliers have stopped shipments of fresh meat, but customers likely won't be able to tell their meat was frozen, said Slap's BBQ co-owner Joe Pearce.

Kansas City is famous for its smoked meats, but a meat shortage resulting from COVID-19 outbreaks at processing plants across the Midwest is threatening the protein supply that usually keeps pit masters occupied and customers' bellies full.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Michelle is a reporter covering race, identity and culture and is an assistant talk show producer.
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