Joes Kansas City BBQ
Formerly Oklahoma Joes BBQ
It’s crazy to think as a Midwesterner I had never been to Kansas City. More of a reason that when I was invited by my dear friend Katherine (the same Katherine who’s hosted me to Seaside Florida with her family) I jumped at the chance. Katherine’s sister Julia’s wedding was the perfect occasion for my long over due visit to K.C. (as the locals call it), visit the Holland’s stomping ground, and celebrate Julia’s big day.
Part of the reason I was so excited for the K.C. visit was being able to finally experience K.C. was to finally experience Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ. Like most foodies, I’d seen Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations K.C. edisode and have been dying to try Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ ever since. Well, the experience lived up to all that I had hoped it would have. A few things to know first. #1 The restaurant is in a Gas Station. True Story. #2 Expect a LONG wait. We went around 2pm on a Saturday and waited one hour. To avoid this you could do what the locals do and call ahead (still a 30-45 min wait) and take it to go. Note, you cannot carry out and then sit in the restaurant so if you want the dine in the restaurant experience plan for an hour or so wait. Regardless, whether you eat in or carry out its AMAZING and worth the wait. In order to fully experience all Oklahoma Joe’s offered the group agreed on ordering pretty much everything. I was thrilled about this as I knew I wanted to experience the Rib’s, Pulled Pork and most of the sides. The Ribs were absolutely amazing. I like fall off the bone ribs and that’s exactly what Joe’s offers. The meat was deliciously tender in a sweet BBQ Sauce. Wow!! The Carolina Pulled Pork (covered in Cole Slaw) was just as delicious as was the Beef Brisket. To complete the meal we tried the Onion Rings (yummy), Cole Slaw (awesome as well), Beans, French Fries (which Anthony Bourdaine describes as addictive), agree they were good but I still may be a McDonald’s French Fries Girl. They also have Pickles that come on the Side of the Pulled Pork which were divine. Clearly I LOVED Oklahoma Joe’s and would jump at a chance to return to K.C. for another visit. 3002 West 47th Avenue. Kansas City. KS. 66103. 913.722.3366.
Love this, what an adorable condiment display!