Burnt ends may be a Kansas City specialty, but we can't get enough of the pulled pork sandwiches at these spots.

It’s no secret that Missouri and Kansas are known for serving some of the country’s best ‘cue. Cities have their own specialties – burnt ends in Kansas City, pork steaks in St. Louis – but no matter your location, most barbecue joints have at least one menu item in common: pulled pork sandwiches. In this issue, which is dedicated to the best summer eats and drinks, we tracked down 55 of our favorites, ranging from a riff on a Cuban to Hawaiian-inspired to classics with just plain tender, smoky pulled pork piled high on a soft bun.

From spicy to smoky to sweet, dig into 13 of our favorite pulled pork sandwiches in the Kansas City area.

Writer Pete Dulin is the author of Kansas City Beer: A History of Brewing in the Heartland, KC Ale Trail, and Expedition of Thirst: Exploring Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries Across Central Kansas and Missouri.

April is a Kansas Citian by way of New Mexico, worker bee, freelance writer and photographer, food, music, animal and travel lover.

Jenny is Feast's contributing editor for Kansas City. She brakes for chef's coats.