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BBQ Restaurants in Kansas City: Who’s the Best?

It’s no secret that the KC metro area serves up some great barbecue. USA Today recently ranked the 10 best BBQ restaurants in Kansas City:

10. Smokehouse Bar-B-Que: Family-owned Smokehouse Bar-B-Que is known for its mouthwatering burnt ends, hickory-smoked beef brisket served with fries, Texas toast and coleslaw. Other yummy options include sweet corn nuggets, battered mushrooms and smoked Polish sausage.
9. LC’s Barbecue: Located near the KC sports stadiums, L.C.’s is no frills and operates inside a former gas station. You order and pay at the counter and may have a hard time securing one of the few tables, but fans say the giant sauce-drowned burnt end sandwiches, smoky, tender brisket, and crisp yet chewy burnt ends are more than worth the trip.
8. BB’s Lawnside: BB’s is a one-of-a-kind KC destination that blends barbecue and blues. Recognized by the Food Network, BB’s is famous for its pork ribs and other meats prepared on a 1950s smoker, as well as Louisiana favorites, including Dirty Red’s Jambalaya, Smokey Jo’s Gumbo or Louisiana deep-fried rice balls.
7. Woodyard Bar-B-Q: It began as a wood yard and has grown into a no-frills barbecue joint near two major highways. Featured on Food Network’s On the Road, you’ll find wood piles out back, where three large brick-encased smokers work hard. People rave about the barbecued chicken, and Woodyard’s ribs were voted KC’s best by The Pitch.
6. Gates Bar-B-Q: Founded by the Gates family in 1946, the secret to success remains the hickory wood fire. The Gates barbecue sauce is worth the trip, too. There are now two versions – the tangy classic version or a sweeter sauce. Once you pick a sauce, will you choose the beef brisket or mutton?
5. Arthur Bryant’s: Arthur Bryant’s is a KC staple, serving up some of the best barbecue for more than 80 years. It offers burnt ends, pulled pork sandwiches, whole slabs and beef brisket with frills but it’s the food that has enticed Steven Spielberg, Wilt Chamberlain, President Jimmy Carter and other celebrities to eat here over the years.
4. Danny Edwards Blvd Barbecue: When the owner personally cuts the meat, you can’t go wrong. Danny Edwards serves up sweet potato fries and spicy jambalaya, as well as fall-off-the-bone meats, including the tender pulled pork and brisket sandwich, which were featured on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives.
3. Q39: This is a fairly new addition to the KC barbecue scene, but it has quickly become beloved. National barbeque champion, Rob Magee, heads Q39 and his Competition BBQ Plates showcase his 30 years of expertise, from certified black Angus beef brisket to smoke and chargrilled chicken or house-made chipotle sausage.
2. Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue: You can’t beat Jack Stack’s tasty, tender meats cooked over hickory wood, including popular burnt ends, nationally-acclaimed lamb ribs, trout entrees or vegetable kabob. And don’t forget the cheesy corn bake.
1. Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que: Formerly called “Oklahoma Joe’s,” Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que is good barbecue inside an old gas station – with a nationwide fanbase. Anthony Bourdain named it “One of Thirteen Places to Eat Before You Die.” National and local media have recognized it as one of the best in the country, and Zagat rated Joe’s the No. 1 Barbecue in Kansas City, 2004-2013. Joe’s serves the “Z-Man” sandwich, made of sliced, smoked brisket, smoked provolone, onion rings, and barbecue sauce inside a Kaiser roll.

BBQ restaurants in Kansas City

Ok, you have the list – now get out there and try some or all these great BBQ restaurants in Kansas City! We at Team RE love barbecue as much as we love helping people buy and sell homes in the KC metro area. Give us a call and find out how we can help you today – 913.451.5711 or

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