Hank and Tank’s another American Success Story from Hamilton Missouri

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Hank and Tank's another American Success Story from Hamilton Missouri

When you think of Amer­i­can Suc­cess sto­ries in Hamil­ton Mis­souri it’s quite nat­ural for the first thoughts in your minds to be either JC Penny who was born here, or Jenny Doan of the Mis­souri Star Quilt com­pany who we wrote about here.

But at the very end of the street, just beyond the last quilt shop, there is a very small build­ing. It doesn’t look like much and only sits about 20 peo­ple but it’s an Amer­i­can suc­cess story all the same.

This is Hank and Tank’s bar­beque and you should know about it.

DaW­ife DaY­oungest­Son and I stopped there in the midst of her Mis­souri Star Quilt expe­ri­ence to have some lunch. Tank took our order and gave me a few min­utes of his time.

I recorded this inter­view after we ordered but before we got our food. Believe me it was worth the wait.

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The Ribs I had were the best ribs I’d ever tasted and it wasn’t even close, they were not served sauced but sauce was pro­vided i we wanted but I found that the ribs were so good that I didn’t want to dilute the fla­vor the slighted bit (this was in con­trast to the pork and pickle at the air­port whose ribs which needed bbq sauce to give them fla­vor). My wife who had the Brisket said it was “melt in your mouth ten­der” and not only did my son love his pulled pork sand­wich but while he never cared for ribs absolutely loved the ones I shared with him as did DaW­ife, both of who gave me a taste of their food as well.

I spoke to both to Tank’s father and Tank as we ate, he starts prepar­ing his meat for the smoker at 4:30 AM and pre­pares his mix of hick­ory and cherry wood before feed­ing the smok­ers at 5:30 AM. He was very hum­ble con­cern­ing his praise of his food still very much the man who told his fam­ily when the idea of open­ing a restau­rant was pre­sented to him “Who’s going to pay money for my bar­be­cue”” even as he sells 800lbs of meat a day on the Thurs­day, Fri­day and Sat­ur­day that they are open. He was con­stantly in and out with his brother and son Hank serv­ing the cus­tomers who came from all over the world for the jewel of the crown of the quilt­ing world and dis­cov­ered another gem right beside them.

With­out a doubt the food here is spec­tac­u­lar and if you are any­where near Hamil­ton Mis­souri it’s worth com­ing down for some of the Best BBQ you will ever eat, but what I love most about this story is how Amer­i­can it is. Think about it, a fam­ily decid­ing they have to get their hard-​working father and hus­band out of a cor­rec­tions job that was killing him, going all in to make their tiny restau­rant a suc­cess and being rewarded not with glow­ing reviews from all over who have eaten their food, but more impor­tantly with the improved health of the per­son they love, which is what they really wanted above all else.

That’s the quin­tes­sen­tial Amer­i­can suc­cess story.

I don’t know if they’ll even­tu­ally decide to open a fourth day or a fifth, or expand into a big­ger restau­rant and I can’t tell you if you will some­day see a Hank and Tank’s chain serv­ing great food all over the coun­try, but that doesn’t mat­ter because that’s not the mea­sure of what suc­cess is. If they sim­ply remain a fam­ily able to sup­port them­selves by work­ing hard and pro­vid­ing cus­tomers with great food three days a week that makes it no less an exam­ple of the Amer­i­can Dream that Tank’s great grand­fa­ther came from Sicily to pursue.


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When you think of American Success stories in Hamilton Missouri it’s quite natural for the first thoughts in your minds to be either JC Penny who was born here, or Jenny Doan of the Missouri Star Quilt company who we wrote about here.

But at the very end of the street, just beyond the last quilt shop, there is a very small building. It doesn’t look like much and only sits about 20 people but it’s an American success story all the same.

This is Hank and Tank’s barbeque and you should know about it.

DaWife DaYoungestSon and I stopped there in the midst of her Missouri Star Quilt experience to have some lunch. Tank took our order and gave me a few minutes of his time.

I recorded this interview after we ordered but before we got our food. Believe me it was worth the wait.

Yes the scarf comes off when eating DaRibs

The Ribs I had were the best ribs I’d ever tasted and it wasn’t even close, they were not served sauced but sauce was provided i we wanted but I found that the ribs were so good that I didn’t want to dilute the flavor the slighted bit (this was in contrast to the pork and pickle at the airport whose ribs which needed bbq sauce to give them flavor). My wife who had the Brisket said it was “melt in your mouth tender” and not only did my son love his pulled pork sandwich but while he never cared for ribs absolutely loved the ones I shared with him as did DaWife, both of who gave me a taste of their food as well.

I spoke to both to Tank’s father and Tank as we ate, he starts preparing his meat for the smoker at 4:30 AM and prepares his mix of hickory and cherry wood before feeding the smokers at 5:30 AM. He was very humble concerning his praise of his food still very much the man who told his family when the idea of opening a restaurant was presented to him “Who’s going to pay money for my barbecue”” even as he sells 800lbs of meat a day on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday that they are open. He was constantly in and out with his brother and son Hank serving the customers who came from all over the world for the jewel of the crown of the quilting world and discovered another gem right beside them.

Without a doubt the food here is spectacular and if you are anywhere near Hamilton Missouri it’s worth coming down for some of the Best BBQ you will ever eat, but what I love most about this story is how American it is. Think about it, a family deciding they have to get their hard-working father and husband out of a corrections job that was killing him, going all in to make their tiny restaurant a success and being rewarded not with glowing reviews from all over who have eaten their food, but more importantly with the improved health of the person they love, which is what they really wanted above all else.

That’s the quintessential American success story.

I don’t know if they’ll eventually decide to open a fourth day or a fifth, or expand into a bigger restaurant and I can’t tell you if you will someday see a Hank and Tank’s chain serving great food all over the country, but that doesn’t matter because that’s not the measure of what success is. If they simply remain a family able to support themselves by working hard and providing customers with great food three days a week that makes it no less an example of the American Dream that Tank’s great grandfather came from Sicily to pursue.


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Remember all subscribers get my weekly podcast emailed directly to you before it goes up anywhere else.  And new subscribers will get a copy of my book coming out soon Hail Mary the perfect Protestant (and Catholic) prayer from Imholt Press.


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