Where To Eat Barbecue In Kansas City

In a city known across the country for its finger-licking-delicious selection of barbecue restaurants, it’s no surprise that there is an overwhelming number of options. We’ve compiled a top-ten list, each with its own flavor, style and story.

Char Bar
4050 Pennsylvania Ave.
Perfect for a fun night out with a group of BBQ-loving friends, Char Bar has an extensive drink menu and a 100,000-square foot beer garden with plenty of outdoor games to choose from. And if you have friends with food restrictions, Char Bar might still be the perfect choice: the restaurant has a full menu with vegan and gluten-free options.

Woodyard Bar-B-Que
3001 Merriam Lane
This delicious BBQ spot was featured on the Food Network show “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives,” and for good reason. Woodyard cooks their meat in one of Kansas City’s last outdoor brick smokers, giving it a truly rare flavor.

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Photo courtesy of Jack Stack Barbecue.

Jack Stack Barbecue
101 W. 22nd St.
If you’re looking for a unique, upscale dining experience, this BBQ spot is located in a historic converted freight house. The restaurant has beautiful 15-foot ceilings, a see-through fireplace, a full-service bar and private dining options.

Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que 

3002 West 47th Ave.
Another Food Network feature, Joe’s was included on Anthony Bourdain’s list of “13 places to eat before you die.” Though there are certainly no shortage of menu options, the restaurant’s Z-Man Sandwich comes highly recommended.

Slap’s BBQ

553 Central Ave.
Just under four years old, Slap’s BBQ has already made a name for itself in Kansas City’s BBQ restaurant scene. Co-owned by two brothers, Slap’s BBQ is also one of the only restaurants in the city that regularly competes in the Kansas City Barbeque Society competition circuit.

Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque
1727 Brooklyn Ave.
Founded by Kansas City’s famous “King of Ribs,” this nationally known BBQ spot has been around for more than 100 years. Since its opening in 1908, the wildly popular restaurant has been visited by famous names like Barack Obama, Harry Truman, Jimmy Carter and Jack Nicholson.

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Photo courtesy of Q39.

Q39
1000 W. 39th St.
This popular spot is known for its “chef-driven barbeque” and creative menu options. The restaurant’s executive chef also happens to be an award-winning cook with a long history of competing in—and winning—multiple national barbecue competitions across the country.

Gates Bar-B-Q
1221 Brooklyn Ave.
You might’ve seen this restaurant’s logo on a shelf in your local grocery store. Gates BBQ sauce is distributed nationally, with loyal fans around the country. A few photos on their website even show the restaurant’s founder with George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

BB’s Lawnside BBQ
1205 E. 85th St.
Get ready for a uniquely delicious meal at this BBQ spot. BB’s menu includes countless slow-smoked menu items in addition to several Louisiana staples like gumbo and jambalaya. The restaurant also treats its guests to live blues music.

Danny Edwards Blvd BBQ
2900 Southwest Blvd.
This restaurant also has some notable features, including Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins & Dives,” Zagat, USA Today, Saveur and more. This BBQ spot offers slow-smoked meats and all the best classic BBQ options Kansas City is known for.

Feature image courtesy of Char Bar.

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