Kansas City’s Best BBQ Joints

In Kansas City, we take our Bar-B-Que seriously. Here is our list of the best Bar-B-Que hot spots and what you can’t miss at each one.

Gates Bar-B-Q | est 1946

Insider Tip: Take a look at the menu before heading in — you’ll want to be ready to order when you’re greeted upon entry.

Don’t Forget: Grab their signature sauce to take home.

Must Try: Beef or Pork on a Bun plus a side of BBQ Beans

Locations: Independence | KCK | KCMO: Brooklyn Avenue | KCMO: Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd | KCMO: Main Street | Leawood 


Arthur Bryant’s | est 1908

Best Known For: Signature sauce that attracted former Presidents Harry Truman, Jimmy Carter, and Barack Obama.

Must Try: Pulled Pork and the Short Ribs (they don’t call him the King of Ribs for nothin’)

Locations: Kansas City, Kansas | Kansas City, Missouri


Woodyard Bar-B-Que | est 2005

As Seen On: Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives and Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations

Best Known For: One of Kansas City’s last outdoor smokers.

Why We Love Them: Family owned and operated

Must Try: Smoked Chicken & Burnt Ends Sandwiches and don’t forget the cheesy corn

Location: Merriam, Kansas


Scott’s Kitchen | est 2017

How Your Life Will Change: From this point forward you’ll gladly be volunteering to take friends, family and even distant relatives to the airport. 

You Read That Right: Proudly serving breakfast and lunch — only in Kansas City can you get BBQ for breakfast.

Must Try: Tailspin Smoked Meat Plate with Cheesy Potatoes and Jalapeno Apple Slaw (on your second trip back you gotta go for the burrito and tacos).

Location: Kansas City, Missouri – near KCI Airport


Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que | est 1995

You Read That Right: Originally titled Oklahoma Joe’s, you can find the original location in a gas station for the full KC BBQ experience. 

As Seen On: No Reservations with Anthony Bordain, Man vs Food with Adam Richman, Bizarre Food with Andrew Zimmerman — just to name a few. 

Must Try: The legendary Z-Man sandwich.

Locations: Leawood | Olathe | Original Gas Station 


Harp Barbeque | est 2019

Where To Find Him: Inside Crane Brewing Co.

Insider Tip: Food is made from scratch everyday so get there early because once the food is gone…so are you!

Must Try: Brisket and Pulled Pork Tacos

Location: Raytown, Missouri


Jones Bar-B-Q | est 1970-something

As Seen On: Queer Eye

Why We Love Them: Owned and operated by 2 sisters who ensure every bite is made with love.

Must Try: Homemade Sausage

Locations: Kansas City, Kansas

Fiorella’s Jack Stack BBQ | est 1957

As Seen On: Food Network, The Early Show, and The Today Show

Why We Love Them: Their BBQ ships nationwide

Must Try: Jack’s Best (& the Strawberry Lemonade)

Locations: Country Club Plaza | Freight House | Lee’s Summit | Martin City | Overland Park