Best BBQ in Kansas City

Check out the top BBQ in Kansas City, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que
1. Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que
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138 local reviews
3002 West 47th Avenue, Kansas City
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
+1 913-722-3366
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Trevor
This is the iconic joint that Anthony Bourdain swears by. I do to. I have had BBQ in the hills of Puerto Rico…
Bonnie
Not the most historic or the most upscale BBQ joint in KC, but it's frequently considered the best. The Z-Man…
Mackenzie
You are in Kansas City, you have to eat BBQ! My favorite is Joe's KC, formally Oklahoma Joe's. Visit the…
1. Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que
1. Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que
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138 local reviews
3002 West 47th Avenue, Kansas City
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
+1 913-722-3366
Trevor
Trevor
This is the iconic joint that Anthony Bourdain swears by. I do to. I have had BBQ in the hills of Puerto Rico on the Pork Highway and this…
Bonnie
Bonnie
Not the most historic or the most upscale BBQ joint in KC, but it's frequently considered the best. The Z-Man sandwich is a classic pick!…
Mackenzie
Mackenzie
You are in Kansas City, you have to eat BBQ! My favorite is Joe's KC, formally Oklahoma Joe's. Visit the closer Olathe location or the…
2. Q39 - Midtown
2. Q39 - Midtown
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108 local reviews
1000 W 39th St, Kansas City
Open · Closes 11:00 PM
+1 816-255-3753
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Adam
Guys and Girls - We present to you, the very best Barbecue in the world! We mean it! Q39 is the best bbq you…
Trevor
New to the BBQ scene, this competition winner offers a little bit fancier fare than the other options but…
Natalie & Elliot
There always seems to be a huge mob of people waiting to get into this blue ribbon BBQ restaurant, so make…
2. Q39 - Midtown
2. Q39 - Midtown
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108 local reviews
1000 W 39th St, Kansas City
Open · Closes 11:00 PM
+1 816-255-3753
Adam
Adam
Guys and Girls - We present to you, the very best Barbecue in the world! We mean it! Q39 is the best bbq you will find anywhere, hands down…
Trevor
Trevor
New to the BBQ scene, this competition winner offers a little bit fancier fare than the other options but really holds its own. Try the…
Natalie & Elliot
Natalie & Elliot
There always seems to be a huge mob of people waiting to get into this blue ribbon BBQ restaurant, so make reservations (for lunch or…
3. Jack Stack Barbecue - Freight House
3. Jack Stack Barbecue - Freight House
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53 local reviews
101 W 22nd St, Kansas City
Open · Closes 10:30 PM
+1 816-472-7427
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Bonnie
If you're in the market for a classic-yet-classy KC-style BBQ restaurant, we marginally prefer the food at…
Holly
You came to Kansas City for BBQ right? Well this place is one of KC's favorites and known for its great…
Abigail
Some of KC's most iconic BBQ! There are several Jack Stack locations, including one on the Plaza, but the…
3. Jack Stack Barbecue - Freight House
3. Jack Stack Barbecue - Freight House
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53 local reviews
101 W 22nd St, Kansas City
Open · Closes 10:30 PM
+1 816-472-7427
Bonnie
Bonnie
If you're in the market for a classic-yet-classy KC-style BBQ restaurant, we marginally prefer the food at Q39. However, the meat and sides…
Holly
Holly
You came to Kansas City for BBQ right? Well this place is one of KC's favorites and known for its great atmosphere too. Go early or expect…
Abigail
Abigail
Some of KC's most iconic BBQ! There are several Jack Stack locations, including one on the Plaza, but the FreightHouse location is pretty…
4. Char Bar
4. Char Bar
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44 local reviews
4050 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City
+1 816-389-8600
BarRestaurantFood
Ethan
While yes this is a bar and restaurant, I added it to the Entertainment and Activities section because they…
Bonnie
A pretty good BBQ restaurant, but its real claim to fame is the huge patio with lawn games. One of the few BBQ…
Patti + Dana
Restaurant by day and bar by night. This place has a great outdoor area to place bocce ball, crochet, or sit…
4. Char Bar
4. Char Bar
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44 local reviews
4050 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City
+1 816-389-8600
Ethan
Ethan
While yes this is a bar and restaurant, I added it to the Entertainment and Activities section because they offer tons of outdoor games to…
Bonnie
Bonnie
A pretty good BBQ restaurant, but its real claim to fame is the huge patio with lawn games. One of the few BBQ places in town with solid…
Patti + Dana
Patti + Dana
Restaurant by day and bar by night. This place has a great outdoor area to place bocce ball, crochet, or sit around a fire pit to enjoy a…
5. Arthur Bryant's Barbeque
5. Arthur Bryant's Barbeque
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35 local reviews
1727 Brooklyn Ave, Kansas City
Open · Closes 9:00 PM
+1 816-231-1123
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Kenny
Arthur Bryant, the legendary King of Ribs, is the most renowned barbequer in history! This place is a KC gem…
Trevor
This is just the Jazz District downtown. This is on my tour de BBQ. They have a zippy-tangy sauce that's the…
Brandon
Essential authentic KC BBQ experience. This place has been here for a long time and is an essential stop on a…
5. Arthur Bryant's Barbeque
5. Arthur Bryant's Barbeque
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35 local reviews
1727 Brooklyn Ave, Kansas City
Open · Closes 9:00 PM
+1 816-231-1123
Kenny
Kenny
Arthur Bryant, the legendary King of Ribs, is the most renowned barbequer in history! This place is a KC gem. The walls are covered with…
Trevor
Trevor
This is just the Jazz District downtown. This is on my tour de BBQ. They have a zippy-tangy sauce that's the least sweet of the set. It's…
Brandon
Brandon
Essential authentic KC BBQ experience. This place has been here for a long time and is an essential stop on a BBQ quest.
6. Gates Bar-B-Q
6. Gates Bar-B-Q
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26 local reviews
3205 Main Street, Kansas City
Open · Closes 1:00 AM
+1 816-753-0828
RestaurantFoodPoint of interest
Trevor
"HI, MAY I HELP YOU ?!" You will be scared when you order because they basically yell at you. It's part of the…
Christina
KC is known for it's BBQ and one of the original champions of sauce os Gates. When it's time to yell out your…
Jimbo
I absolutely will call you a loser if you spend two days in KCMO and not eat at Gates! It is the best BBQ…
6. Gates Bar-B-Q
6. Gates Bar-B-Q
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26 local reviews
3205 Main Street, Kansas City
Open · Closes 1:00 AM
+1 816-753-0828
Trevor
Trevor
"HI, MAY I HELP YOU ?!" You will be scared when you order because they basically yell at you. It's part of the thing. Now the sauce here is…
Christina
Christina
KC is known for it's BBQ and one of the original champions of sauce os Gates. When it's time to yell out your order, trust me, you'll want a…
Jimbo
Jimbo
I absolutely will call you a loser if you spend two days in KCMO and not eat at Gates! It is the best BBQ sauce on earth! I could sip it…
7. Jack Stack Barbecue - Country Club Plaza
7. Jack Stack Barbecue - Country Club Plaza
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23 local reviews
4747 Wyandotte Street, Kansas City
Open · Closes 10:30 PM
+1 816-531-7427
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David & Jodi
KC BBQ just a 10 minute walk away! Order the cheesy corn and world famous ribs!
Michael
Enjoy some KC BBQ while shopping at the Country Club Plaza.
Shawn
Upscale BBQ on the Plaza. From the KC Masterpiece family.
7. Jack Stack Barbecue - Country Club Plaza
7. Jack Stack Barbecue - Country Club Plaza
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23 local reviews
4747 Wyandotte Street, Kansas City
Open · Closes 10:30 PM
+1 816-531-7427
David & Jodi
David & Jodi
KC BBQ just a 10 minute walk away! Order the cheesy corn and world famous ribs!
Michael
Michael
Enjoy some KC BBQ while shopping at the Country Club Plaza.
Shawn
Shawn
Upscale BBQ on the Plaza. From the KC Masterpiece family.
8. B.B.'s Lawnside BBQ
8. B.B.'s Lawnside BBQ
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18 local reviews
1205 East 85th Street, Kansas City
Open · Closes 11:00 PM
+1 816-822-7427
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Andrew
Great BBQ! Try the ribs for sure. Live blues music almost every night, and it's always good. This is one of my…
Trevor
Get your KC BLUES and BBQ at the same time! This place is a fantastic example of Kansas City at its best. The…
Gary
There are several excellent BBQ joints in KC . . . BB's is a blues joint that serves good BBQ. Live music…
8. B.B.'s Lawnside BBQ
8. B.B.'s Lawnside BBQ
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18 local reviews
1205 East 85th Street, Kansas City
Open · Closes 11:00 PM
+1 816-822-7427
Andrew
Andrew
Great BBQ! Try the ribs for sure. Live blues music almost every night, and it's always good. This is one of my favorite places in KC and is…
Trevor
Trevor
Get your KC BLUES and BBQ at the same time! This place is a fantastic example of Kansas City at its best. The long communal picnic tables…
Gary
Gary
There are several excellent BBQ joints in KC . . . BB's is a blues joint that serves good BBQ. Live music most nights, super casual, long…
9. Jack Stack Barbecue - Overland Park
9. Jack Stack Barbecue - Overland Park
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11 local reviews
9520 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park
Open · Closes 10:30 PM
(913) 385-7427
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Allyson & Stetson
A more high end BBQ favorite! This is the closest location to us but make sure to check out their other…
Joey & Melinda
Some of the best bbq sides in the city & area! Oh, and the burnt ends are A-1!!!
Steve
One of the best BBQ in KC. 2.5 miles. Crown Prime Rib is the best. Enough for 2.
9. Jack Stack Barbecue - Overland Park
9. Jack Stack Barbecue - Overland Park
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11 local reviews
9520 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park
Open · Closes 10:30 PM
(913) 385-7427
Allyson & Stetson
Allyson & Stetson
A more high end BBQ favorite! This is the closest location to us but make sure to check out their other locations as well (Plaza & Freight…
Joey & Melinda
Joey & Melinda
Some of the best bbq sides in the city & area! Oh, and the burnt ends are A-1!!!
Steve
Steve
One of the best BBQ in KC. 2.5 miles. Crown Prime Rib is the best. Enough for 2.
10. Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que
10. Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que
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9 local reviews
11950 South Strang Line Road, Olathe
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
+1 913-782-6858
RestaurantFoodPoint of interest
Joey & Melinda
This is the location closest to our home, however there's 1 additional location (at a gas depot) where this…
Alice
Famous Kansas City BBQ!! This place is so good, you just really can't go wrong!!
Eugenia
The best BBQ place in Kansas City. There's a few other locations too.
10. Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que
10. Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que
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9 local reviews
11950 South Strang Line Road, Olathe
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
+1 913-782-6858
Joey & Melinda
Joey & Melinda
This is the location closest to our home, however there's 1 additional location (at a gas depot) where this BBQ place is a vintage staple to…
Alice
Alice
Famous Kansas City BBQ!! This place is so good, you just really can't go wrong!!
Eugenia
Eugenia
The best BBQ place in Kansas City. There's a few other locations too.
11. Slap's BBQ
11. Slap's BBQ
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9 local reviews
553 Central Ave, Kansas City
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
(913) 213-3736
RestaurantFoodPoint of interest
Erich
Besides KC Joe's, Jack Stack and Woodyard which is only 5 blocks away, this is our absolute favorite BBQ joint…
Kelly
KC is a BBQ town, and this is a great one to try. Up in KC Kansas it's maybe 7-10 minute drive but well worth…
Danette
Family run, this hole in the wall has won many local and national awards for it's BBQ. Go early in the day,…
11. Slap's BBQ
11. Slap's BBQ
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9 local reviews
553 Central Ave, Kansas City
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
(913) 213-3736
Erich
Erich
Besides KC Joe's, Jack Stack and Woodyard which is only 5 blocks away, this is our absolute favorite BBQ joint in town. Ribs and burnt ends…
Kelly
Kelly
KC is a BBQ town, and this is a great one to try. Up in KC Kansas it's maybe 7-10 minute drive but well worth it. I think their BBQ sauce is…
Danette
Danette
Family run, this hole in the wall has won many local and national awards for it's BBQ. Go early in the day, because they cook it fresh…
12. Jack Stack Barbecue - Martin City
12. Jack Stack Barbecue - Martin City
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8 local reviews
13441 Holmes Rd, Martin City
Open · Closes 10:30 PM
+1 816-942-9141
BarRestaurantPoint of interest
Vivian
Have you been try a handcrafted cocktail of SMOKED APPLE MANHATTAN yet? It is best cocktail tested country…
Hannah
Famous Kansas City BBQ legend! Only 3 miles from the house. This is the location that started the…
Matt
This is another fantastic BBQ joint. They have amazing Lamb Ribs also the Crown Prime beef rib is basically a…
12. Jack Stack Barbecue - Martin City
12. Jack Stack Barbecue - Martin City
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8 local reviews
13441 Holmes Rd, Martin City
Open · Closes 10:30 PM
+1 816-942-9141
Vivian
Vivian
Have you been try a handcrafted cocktail of SMOKED APPLE MANHATTAN yet? It is best cocktail tested country side.Great of service and the…
Hannah
Hannah
Famous Kansas City BBQ legend! Only 3 miles from the house. This is the location that started the traditional upscale BBQ in 1957! Fans of…
Matt
Matt
This is another fantastic BBQ joint. They have amazing Lamb Ribs also the Crown Prime beef rib is basically a steak on a giant bone. It's…