Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que

Bar-b-q | Grocery Store | Smoke House
One of the best

If you like Roadfood, you’ve got to like a barbecue restaurant that is also a gas station and convenience store. That’s Joe’s, which correspondent Sheri Heath described to us as a necessary stop in Kansas City, Kansas. “The meat’s smoked so well you really don’t need the sauce,” she wrote, also describing “HUGE helpings of fries that are wonderfully seasoned and burn-your-fingers hot no matter what time of day you go.”

I really liked the Smokie Joe sandwich, which is a combination of beef and pork cosseted in excellent sauce that is slightly sweet with a pepper tingle that made my taste buds want to dance to the blues music that is always playing on the sound system. The pork itself is fantastic – the gal behind the counter insisted I try some NOT bound in sauce. It is sweet, tender, juicy, and radiant with smoke flavor. Other meat choices include turkey, ham, and sausage; and Joe’s offers a number of interesting specialty sandwiches such as the Z-Man, which is brisket and provolone cheese topped with onion rings, and hog heaven, which is pulled pork AND sliced sausage. The cole slaw is creamy and, as Sheri said, the French fries are world-class.

By the way, Joe’s Kansas city Bar-B-Que is the place that used to be called Oklahoma Joe’s Bar-B-Que. There were some legal issues regarding the old name; and, as the management explained in an advertisement in the Kansas City Star, “Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que is a better name. It better reflects who we are and where we are.”

Also note that there are Joe’s in Olathe, Kansas (11950 S. Strang Line Rd.) and in Leawood Kansas (11723 Roe Ave).

What to Eat
Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que, Rib Slab
Rib Slab
Ribs, pulled pork, and fries
Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que, French Fries
French Fries
French fries are crisp-edged with a rich potato flavor. They are served in abundance.
Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que, Smokie Joe (jumbo)
Smokie Joe (jumbo)
A close view of the jumbo Smokie Joe sandwich, a combination of beef and pork. While the plain pulled pork is great sauceless, in this sandwich meat and sauce are inextricable.
Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que, Z-Man Sandwich
Z-Man Sandwich
Excellent sliced brisket sandwich, topped with smoked provolone and onion rings (!) and served on a roll.
Directions and Hours
open now
Monday11 am - 9 pm
Tuesday11 am - 9 pm
Wednesday11 am - 9 pm
Thursday11 am - 9 pm
Friday11 am - 10 pm
Saturday11 am - 10 pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
6 stops | 28 MILES | 1 hr

Even before Calvin Trillin declared Arthur Bryant's to be "possibly the single best restaurant in the world" in a 1974 Playboy magazine article, Kansas City was famous for barbecue. It still is, rightfully so, but in addition to its superb smoke-cooked meats, the Paris of the Plains is home to what may be the single…

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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