Pittsburgh barbecue? Lucas says he’ll give it a try if KC Chiefs beat Steelers Sunday

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With a rack of ribs, burnt ends and pickles in hand, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas wagered some of the region’s famous barbecue and a Chiefs jersey on this Sunday’s Wild Card game between the Chiefs and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Lucas announced the bet Friday morning at the original gas station location of Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que in Kansas City, Kansas. If the Steelers manage to pull off a win — which The Star’s Sam McDowell predicts is unlikely — Kansas City will send BBQ to healthcare workers in Pittsburgh and Mayor Ed Gainey will put on a Chiefs jersey.

The Chiefs blew out the Steelers 36-10 just a few weeks ago. If they beat them again, the team will advance to the divisional round.

Last year, Lucas bet Gates Bar-B-Q on the AFC Championship game between the Chiefs and the Buffalo Bills. For the 2020 Super Bowl against the San Francisco 49ers, the wager was Gates, Boulevard Beer, knickknacks from Made in Kansas City and Charlie Hustle T-shirts.

“The biggest part I’m always talking about is how much Kansas City businesses and restaurants are committed to being part of it,” Lucas said. “For me, these bets are about how do you talk about local businesses, our culture, our food here in Kansas City.”

Gainey posted on Twitter Friday morning that if the Steelers lose, he would send Showcase Barbecue to 50 frontline workers in KC.

“The @Steelers have proved once again that anything is possible in @Pittsburgh. Kansas City Mayor @QuintonLucasKC and I thought we could make this weekend’s playoff game a little more interesting — Let’s go get it!” Gainey wrote.

Lucas posted a question on Twitter in response: “Pittsburgh barbecue?”

He said Friday that he looks forward to trying it.

Lucas also admitted Friday that he is superstitious about the bets.

“But you know, the barbecue bets didn’t do me wrong for about five games or so,” Lucas said. He had to pay up after losing the Super Bowl bet to Tampa Bay’s mayor.

And yes, Lucas said as he ate a few bites, in Kansas City, you can have barbecue for breakfast.