After a devastating building fire in the fall of 2016 closed the original location of Kurzweils Country Meats in Kansas City, the Kurzweil family relocated their popular meat counter and restaurant to Harrisonville, Missouri. The shop was founded by three brothers in 1995, who grew up working their family's row-crop farm. Eventually, they decided to diversify and add hogs to the mix.

Looking for a place to sell their pork, they opened their own meat market, which led to a restaurant. Known as the home of the famous smoked pork chops, Kurzweils sells about 1,000 pounds each week at the meat counter, in addition to fresh and smoked deli meats – including more than 35 different award-winning sausages.

Chris Kurzweil, the son of Jim Kurzweil, one of the three brothers, has become best-known for his flavored bratwursts; favorites include the burnt-end brat, chili cheese, and the pepper-Jack Polish. This summer, savor seasonal flavors like habanero-peach, caramelized pear-Gorgonzola and applewurst. Don’t miss Kurzweils' line of housemade sauces and canned goods.

Kurzweils Country Meats, 2817 Cantrell Road, Harrisonville, Missouri, 816.773.6547,

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

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