Oklahoma Joe’s in Kansas City, Kansas

There was one thing I knew for sure when I landed in Kansas City which was that I was going to eat barbecue before I left.  So on a recommendation from the front desk manager at the hotel I headed to Oklahoma Joe’s just a few miles away.

When I pulled up I was surprised to see that the restaurant was part of a gas station. I thought I might have turned prematurely but as I drove around the building and realized that I was in the right place. It was only six o’clock but the line was already out the door.   As I waited in a line with people as unique as the location itself, I noticed ribbons and trophies throughout this well worn restaurant and decided to go on Google to get a little more background information. It turns out the owners started in the barbecue competition circuit in 1991 and won numerous contests opening a restaurant a few years later.  

Inside Oklahoma Joe's

While waiting in line I wondered how many people they served each day so I walked over to the takeout counter and asked. On a busy Saturday they can serve three thousand people and sell thousands of pounds of meat. On a past Saturday, they sold 500 full racks of ribs which didn’t include anything that was broken up into a half rack or smaller.  


The wait was long but well worth it.  I ordered the rib and pulled pork combo with comes with Texas toast and a side of your choice. The meat on the ribs fell right off the bone and was well smoked. As excited as I was about the ribs, I was ready to try the pulled pork. It was just as good. I went back and forth taking bites of each trying to determine which I liked better. The conclusion I came to was it was too hard to decide, they were both fantastic.  

Sauce and Rubs

Pulled Pork and Ribs by Adam D on Yelp

Oklahoma Joe’s is a must if you like barbecue and like their website says great barbecue and long lines are the order of the day at Oklahoma Joes. 

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2 Responses to Oklahoma Joe’s in Kansas City, Kansas

  1. Yum! I have a huge and sudden craving for some BBQ 🙂

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