Topeka’s Historic Harley-Davidson Hosts Biker BBQ

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Henrys BBQ Inside Harley-Davidson Topeka

Named after the originator of Topeka H-D, Henry’s BBQ Grill is the go-to place for ribs.

Normally, we provide our readers with some mouth-watering pictures of beautiful motorcycles, but today, we have something a little different but drool-inducing, nonetheless.

When you step into a Harley-Davidson dealer, you would expect the world’s greatest selection of motorcycles and gear. What you probably wouldn’t expect is world-class barbecue ribs. At the Historic Harley-Davidson dealership in Topeka, Kansas, you can browse their amazing selection of vehicles, but you can also stop by Henry’s BBQ Grill, for some of the best BBQ you’ll ever eat.

“Henry Patterson was the originator of Topeka Harley Davidson back in 1949, and so we kept his name as part of the diner,” owner Ray Morehead explains in an interview with WIBW.

For the last decade, Morehead and his son-in-law, Jeff, have been operating Henry’s BBQ Grill, located inside the Topeka Harley-Davidson. While they serve some amazing BBQ daily, Henry’s is perhaps best known for their incredible, fall-off-the-bone ribs.

“We have a lot of people who love our ribs and they sell out pretty quick,” Morehead says.

As seen by the large crowds, Morehead isn’t exaggerating either. He goes on to explain the process for seasoning, marinating, and smoking the ribs, which takes well over seven hours to complete. Then, as with any good BBQ Ribs, Morehead uses a homemade sauce to finish them off.

“There’s tomato paste. There’s brown sugar,” Morehead explains. “A lot of things that normal bar-b-cue sauce has in it. It’s just a little mixture that we do that makes it special for us. And people seem to love it.”

For those interested in trying to replicate the ribs at home, or perhaps just drinking the sauce straight from the bottle, Morehead sells the sauce under the label “Ray’z Rezipe.” However, as much as you might want to, you can’t just eat a plate of ribs. You have to at least have a couple sides. You know, to be healthy or something. Morehead has a recommendation for that, as well.

“Bacon, sausage, and beer beans. Yes, there’s beer in them. You have to be 21 to eat them,” Morehead says. “And then we have our own coleslaw which is a coleslaw recipe that I designed over the years and people seem to love it too.”

With Henry’s BBQ Grill, and the Evel Knievel Museum, the Topeka Harley-Davidson dealer seems like one of the best dealers in the country. Who wouldn’t want to buy an amazing Harley, and then fill your belly with tasty food before hitting the open road?

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Charles Dean is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and Rennlist, among other auto sites.

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