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).