Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que

BBQ Joint$$$$
Rosedale, Kansas City
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  • JenKudu
    "Z man, ribs, pulled pork (my fave) were awesome."(20 Tips)
    Anastasia P.
    "Turkey sandwich, ribs, sausages, burnt ends, it's all fantastic!!!"(22 Tips)
    Julie S.
    "Best BBQ in KC by far!"(7 Tips)
    Brandon P.
    "Everything is good.....especially the ribs and brisket combo."(29 Tips)
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  • Brian K.
    Brian KrollAugust 5, 2013
    Amazing. I'm a barbecue love; these were the best ribs and pulled pork I've ever had. The brisket was outstanding too (not the best I've had but not too far off)! I waited an hour, it was worth it! GO
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithAugust 10, 2013
    Although it seems wrong to not order the Z-Man, the Carolina Pulled Pork is close to perfect (FYI: I got both). Toasted bun, hunks of tender meat, great flavor. Grab a gallon of sauce on your way out.
  • Aaron L.
    Aaron LimAugust 1, 2015
    Waited 2 hours at 7PM on a Wednesday night. But it was worth it. Not a huge place. Got the Z-man and half slab of ribs. Both are great. Fries are okay. Definitely would come back here & Jack Stack.
  • JenKudu
    JenKuduAugust 27, 2015
    It lives up to the hype! Z man, ribs, pulled pork (my fave) were awesome. The creamy slaw was okay. The most memorable was actually the onion rings! Seriously the best onion rings I've EVER eaten.
  • Ricel A.
    Ricel AlmadovarMarch 7, 2015
    Original Oklahoma Joe's. The gas station location adds charm, IMO. Come before opening & you'll have better chances of enjoying the food and ambience. They serve dry rubbed ribs - so much flavor! Luv!
  • Steve W.
    Steve WellmanJuly 27, 2015
    Had the 2 meat plate with pork, brisket, and beans. Had to try a couple different things after waiting almost 2 hours. Ribs looked amazing, and the Z-Man sounds really good. Next time!
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleySeptember 3, 2015
    Joe's is the greatest BBQ joint. I've yet to taste better ribs and pulled pork in the U.S. This is a must visit establishment in Kansas City, and yes it's attached to a gas station!
  • Natalie
    NatalieJune 22
    An absolute must! The people are friendly and their food incredible! I had a Z Man sandwich - brisket, provolone cheese, onion rings, and of course their award winning BBQ sauce!
  • Josh
    JoshJanuary 18
    I had the rib dinner and the oral pleasure was overwhelming! It was hard to describe, but it was on a spiritual level. Plus it's in a gas station, so it has lots of character.
  • Grant
    GrantDecember 9, 2015
    The ribs are some of the best I've ever had. Perfect tenderness, not dried out, and amazing flavor. I'll definitely make this place a must visit every time I come to KC.
  • PureWow
    PureWowJune 6
    Fill up your gas tank and then chow down on the must-have Z-Man Sandwich, which is BBQ-inspired: sliced smoked brisket, smoked provolone, onion rings and barbecue sauce on a kaiser roll. Read more
  • Matt H.
    Matt HApril 8
    Can't go wrong with anyone on the menu. Just make sure you plan for plenty of time on the weekends or prime meal times, known to get busy. If you are in line, visit the to go counter for a beer.
  • Susan W.
    Susan WellfordAugust 8, 2014
    KC's best!! Z-Man is always great. Killer fries as they are, or ask for extra seasoning. Ribs: YUM! Try meat by the pound, everything's terrific here. Get the half chicken. Wow!! Best BBQ sauce, too.
  • Denise C.
    Denise CozierFebruary 14, 2015
    The Z man lives up to the hype, the meat was so flavorful! Super cool that there is also a vegan Z man! The fries were so yummy! One shortcoming: jack stacks and gates have better bbq beans.
  • Andrea N.
    Andrea NewlandJanuary 24, 2013
    Fabulous concept! Visited the original in a gas station, worth the wait! Meat falls off the bone like rosé petals...Zman sandwhich was great...the smells wafting as you walk in the door are addictive!
  • Timothy E.
    Timothy EnglishJanuary 20, 2014
    By far the best BBQ in Kansas City. Get there early on Saturday for the special Burnt Ends. Have 'em on a sandwich covered in OKJoes amazing sauce and it will literally melt your face right off.
  • Kyle W.
    Kyle WhistonMarch 6, 2015
    This is your prime barbeque establishment in KC. I got a combo pulled pork and brisket sandwich. Great! I know many love the z-man. Also the fries are great. But it is crowded and noisy.
  • Marc E.
    Marc EApril 24, 2015
    Thrillist Top BBQ List: award-winning competitive BBQ team; located in a KC gas station; don't miss the ribs, and burnt ends (availability is limited). Purists celebrate Z-Man sandwich
  • Angela C.
    Angela Canada HopkinsDecember 30, 2013
    Perfectly cooked and seasoned meat (and I'm vegetarian). Fries and potato salad are excellent too. Be prepared to wait in line and possibly stand outside while devouring the food - it's that good.
  • Mark E.
    Mark EdwardsAugust 12, 2011
    Don't let the whole restaurant in a gas station thing fool you, I've had a lot of BBQ since coming to KC and Joe's is the best. Worth the wait, but do yourself a favor and get there early.
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveAugust 7, 2012
    Food blogger Cassie of Bake Your Day recommends Oklahoma Joe's. "The restaurant serves up the classics and specialties like the Z-Man Sandwich (brisket, smoked provolone, and crispy onion rings)."
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelNovember 12, 2012
    As seen on Travel Channel’s Food Paradise: Manliest Restaurants 2, Oklahoma Joe's is considered the manliest barbecue joints around! You just can't beat their quality, food & juiciness.
  • Kansas City
    Kansas CitySeptember 7, 2012
    One of Anthony Bourdain’s 13 Places to Eat at Before You Die, the flagship located inside a gas station in Kansas City, Kan. Famous for its pulled pork, ribs, fries and spicy slaw!
    Upvoted Apr 28
  • jason w.
    jason weisMay 17, 2010
    There's lots of really good BBQ in KC, but only a few that are truly GREAT. This is one of the GREATS! If you order a sandwich, skip the bun and get it on toast, you won't regret it!!!!
  • CoryShanes.com
    CoryShanes.comFebruary 15, 2013
    This is the manliest meal in America. The meat melts in your mouth. Don't miss it... Look for the gas station on the corner. Everything is good!
  • Andrew D.
    Andrew DobneyOctober 20, 2013
    Doesn't look like much from the outside, but the food is very good. Watch for long (and pretty slow-moving) lines. Had the ribs and pulled pork. Would go back if in town again.
  • Nicole S.
    Nicole SmolikOctober 31, 2015
    Best. BBQ. Ever. It doesn't really matter what you get, as long as you slather it in Night of The Living BBQ Sauce. The Zman is probably the best sandwich I've ever had.
  • Ca B.
    Ca Brown2 weeks ago
    The Zman was GRRRRRREAT! The wait was long. The iced-tea was sweet. Limited seating, but a must visit. Don't forget to buy a bottle of BBQ sauce before you leave.🌺
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Russell H.
    Russell HirschornFebruary 18, 2015
    Meat, sides, and ambiance is apporpriate for a gas station bbq. Onion rings are great but you leave smelling like the oil they are fried in.
  • Kelly D.
    Kelly DowellAugust 17, 2013
    The line took 40 min but was worth the wait. They know how to get you through the line. Just don't grab a seat until you have your food. There will be one...promise!
  • Dustin D.
    Dustin DyeMarch 3, 2014
    The burnt ends are perhaps the best thing you'll ever ingest, but only served at certain times: Mondays at lunch, Wednesdays after 4 p.m., and Saturdays at lunch.
  • BMI Elite
    BMI EliteApril 18, 2011
    The best BBQ place in KC. You have to try the pulled pork and their fries are amazing as well. It seems like there is always a line, but it's well worth the wait.
  • Nick C.
    Nick CampionJune 26, 2013
    The pulled pork sandwich is amazing. The Z-man also pretty good. Long wait to eat inside on a Tuesday night so we called in and got ours to go in 15 mins.
  • Terrence
    TerrenceSeptember 27, 2013
    The MIA mac & cheese and cornbread is made up for with fries done well and a hot bbq sauce with the perfect amount of spice
  • Miche M.
    Miche M.September 6, 2013
    Get the Z Man. The meat melts in your mouth. Its so tender that you forget youre even eating meat! The onions rings in the sandwich are to die for! Amazing!
  • Natalie N.
    Natalie NoblittDecember 29, 2010
    Loved the ribs and chicken. Do not try to get a seat before you place your order. It will mess up the whole system that seems to run really smoothly on its own!
  • Alberto S.
    Alberto SimonJune 9, 2012
    The ribs and burnt ends are awesome. Be ready for a wait if you want to dine in. Pick up is much quicker if you just want their delicious food.
    Upvoted May 26
  • Mick B.
    Mick BMarch 18, 2012
    A jumbo Z-man w/ fries and a half-rack has been my death row meal since 2007. Greatest. Place. On. Earth. I live in NYC, and hope my KC friends get married or die so I have an excuse to come back.
  • Nero H.
    Nero HardyAugust 27, 2013
    Don't let the fact that it's in a gas station fool you...this is incredible BBQ! Definitely try the ribs and brisket, you won't be disappointed.
  • thePhantom*
    thePhantom*December 28, 2011
    Your notice how everyone is saying that oklahoma joes have the best fries in the city. Not barbeque. If you want some real Q you, go to gates.!! :-)
  • Greg B.
    Greg BelfrageOctober 30, 2015
    The brisket is incredible! The pulled pork is best anywhere. Try the Z-Man sandwich... brisket topped with onion ring...I loved it!
  • Albert T.
    Albert TongFebruary 1, 2013
    Z-man is a popular choice but their ribs are some of the best - fall off the bone and packed with flavor from their addictive seasoning.
  • Sydney W.
    Sydney WilcoxJune 1, 2012
    The Carolina Style Sandwich and the Sweet Tea is soo good! Try to have someone snag a table so your food doesn't get cold waiting for one.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJuly 25, 2014
    Owner Jeff Stehney's finest experiment is the Z-man sandwich--brisket topped with smoked provolone and a pair of crispy, golden onion rings on a kaiser roll.
  • La'Trice M.
    La'Trice MurrayJanuary 9, 2015
    Excellent Carolina! The ribs are very good!! Juicy well seasoned meat! Don't forget to get the fries with Cajun seasoning!!!
  • Randy T.
    Randy TonneJune 19, 2014
    Ultimate sampler... Zman and rib sandwich. I ate at four bbq's while visiting KC and the rub on the ribs was the best I tried.
  • Greg H.
    Sauce is good. Meat is good, but somewhat smaller portions than others. Beans overly complicated with veggie texture and less meat. Busy.
  • Kathy S.
    Kathy SuMarch 16, 2012
    Be ready to wait in line (sometimes upwards of an hour during busy times, I'd suggest calling in your order then) but it's worth it!
  • Southern Living
    Southern LivingFebruary 10, 2012
    Made our South's Best List! Try the Z-Man Sandwich, with brisket, smoked provolone, and homemade onion rings on a kaiser bun. Read more
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagJuly 9, 2012
    After the meat smokes for 17 hours, the restaurant cuts away the brisket and puts the fatty top back in to sweat for 5 more hours. The result is a sweet, crispy shell wrapped around juicy meat.
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