Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que
formerly Oklahoma Joe's BBQ

11950 Strang Line Road
Olathe, Kansas 66062
(913) 782-6858

Open for lunch and supper on
Monday through Saturday
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Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que - Olathe, Kansas
Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que - formerly Oklahoma Joe's
Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que - Olathe, Kansas

Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que in Olathe, Kansas was the second Oklahoma Joe's location. The first location is in a working gasoline station in Kansas City, Kansas. But the Olathe location is much larger and serves the same food. A third location has recently opened in Leawood. Although the brand was built as Oklahoma Joe's, the name changed to Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que in 2014.

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

I often have Joe's 1/2 smoked chicken and and one side. They make a generous meal for only $8.99. 

Joe's may be best known for the Z-Man Sandwich. The Z-Man is brisket, smoked provolone topped with two onion rings on a kaiser bun ($6.99). The Z-Man is one of the best sandwiches I have had any time in Kansas City! 

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. 

I used to warn people about the extremely long lines at the Olathe Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que at meal times. It was so bad that I wouldn't go there for lunch if I couldn't arrive before 11:15AM or after 12:45PM, but since the opening of the third Joe's in Leawood, the lines have grown much more manageable. There may still be 5-20 people in line waiting to order, but there are many counter staff and they can move that line reasonably fast.
 
The original 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.

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.

Tip: When lines are long, call in an order to go at (913) 782-6858 and pick up the order at the bar.

Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que dining room
Small portion of Joe's large dining room


Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que regular and "Night of the Living
BBQ" sauces. I prefer the Night of the Living BBQ -
which is spicy, but not as hot as it sounds.

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

Olathe Oklahoma Joe's Barbecue menu
Oklahoma Joe's Barbecue menu from March 2014

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