Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que
3002 West 47th Avenue
Kansas City, Kansas 66103
(913) 722-3366

Monday - Thursday: 11AM - 9PM
Friday & Saturday: 11AM - 10PM

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Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que - Kansas City, Kansas
Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que
Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que - Kansas City, Kansas

Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que in Kansas, Kansas was the first Oklahoma Joe's Barbecue location in the Kansas City metropolitan area. It opened in 1996, a few months after a Oklahoma Joe's opened in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The Stillwater location has long since closed, but two much larger restaurants have since opened in Olathe and Leawood, Kansas. The name of these three restaurants was changed to Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que in 2014.

Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que shares a modest sized building with a gas station and convenience store. Joe's has a good, consistent product and even better marketing. They have received a lot of national recognition and have become a destination for people visiting Kansas City from other cities and countries. The last time that we were there, a group from Chicago stopped us to take a photo for them.

This restaurant often has long lines, but you may be able to get to the counter faster if you arrive in the last hour before closing. They have an express line for carry out, but appear to actually time and slow the service to the dine in line, so that a table becomes free about the time that you get your food. The lines tend to move faster at the larger Olathe and Leawood locations.

Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que is known for a wide of variety of quality smoked meats as well as the onion rings and baked beans. The French fries are fresh, but order them unseasoned unless you want a lot of sodium and spice.

Joe's 1/2 smoked chicken and one side make a generous meal for only $10.49, but they are best known for the Z-Man Sandwich. The Z-Man is brisket, smoked provolone topped with two onion rings on a kaiser bun ($8.29). The Z-Man is one of the best sandwiches I have had anywhere in Kansas City! Other meats which we particularly recommend are the pork ribs and the burn ends

Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que serves chili through the winter months. I like the chili a lot. It is meaty, sweet and flavorful with no beans. It is a little too mild for my taste, but they offer onions and diced jalapenos (and cheese) on top, which made it just right. They also provide several hot sauces.

The gumbo is available year around and is quite good, though it may be too spicy for some. 

Man VS Food
This Kansas City, Kansas location of Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que was featured on the August 11, 2010 TV episode of Man VS Food. The TV show made the beef burnt ends look as wonderful as they are. Joe's has received a lot of other national attention in newspapers. magazines and TV, including Anthony Bourdain's "A Cook's Tour" and "No Reservations."

The Man VS Food - Kansas City episode also featured Stroud's in Kansas City, Missouri and a food challenge at Papa Bob's BBQ in Kansas City, Kansas.

Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que dining room
This is most of the Joe's Kansas City dining room

Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que counter
Ordering at the Joe's counter

Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que kitchen
The plating area at Joe's Kansas City

Oklahoma Joe's Z-man sandwich and smoked chicken gumbo
"Unseasoned" French fries, Z-Man sandwich and smoked chicken gumbo

Ribs and chicken diner with onion rings

Ribs and one meat diner with (unseasoned) fries 

Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que burnt end Reuben sandwich
Joe's introduced this corned beef burnt ends Reuben for St. Patrick's Day in 2016 and it was so
popular that it is now the Thursday lunch special each week in March.

Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que chili

BBQ sauces for sale in the convenience store

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