KCMO’s Most Famous BBQ


In a city known for its BBQ, you want to make the most of your time in KCMO and sample only the best. The top-ranked joints include Q39 in Midtown. You’ll find it at 1000 West 39th St. and this smokehouse is surprisingly updated, chic, and offers an artisanal touch. Shareable plates like the smoked and grilled pork belly with onion straws and white bean cassoulet, tall grass cheese fondue with pretzels, and the “best wings on the planet” with chipotle sauce are musts.

The Jack Stack Barbecue Freight House at 101 West 22nd St. #300 is a local chain known for its seafood and steak. Sit outside and dig into the BBQ shrimp and smoked salmon dip to start. The sampler includes barbecue chicken, pork, pork spare ribs, and burnt ends. Mom’s carrot cake makes for the perfect sweet ending.

Get Messy

Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que is a historic gem at 3002 West 47th Ave. where the locals eat. Specialty sandwiches and sides complement the fall-apart meat perfectly. The championship BBQ started in 1990 in a former gas station. Now, it’s known for smoked ham, Joe’s BBQ sausage on a bun, and the side of “Kansas caviar.”

Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque at 1727 Brooklyn Ave. only serves Wonderbread to soak up all the juices. It all started in the 1920s, and the award-winning party packs are always a hit. Try the rich and spicy sauce with short ends and pulled pork.