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The 12 Best BBQ Restaurants In Kansas City

Updated: June 30, 2022

Kansas City does BBQ well!l These spots offer everything from whole hog trays to vegetarian options like smoked corn. After scrutinizing millions of critic and diner reviews from top sites we give you the list of Kansas City’s best BBQ. Visit any of the shops on this list for spectacular pulled pork, baby back ribs, and a side of collard greens.

Find the perfect Barbeque spot

Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que

$$, Rosedale$$Kansas City, Rosedale
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5
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Q39 Midtown

American, $$, RoanokeAmerican, $$Kansas City, Roanoke
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
  • USA Today

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  • Hoodline, 2019

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Danny Edward's Boulevard BBQ

American, $$, Westside SouthAmerican, $$Kansas City, Westside South
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
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Slap's BBQ

American, $$, Strawberry HillAmerican, $$Kansas City, Strawberry Hill
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
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Jack Stack Barbecue - Martin City

American, $$, Martin CityAmerican, $$Kansas City, Martin City
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
  • USA Today

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Scott's Kitchen and Catering at Hangar 29

American, $$, Kansas CityAmerican, $$Kansas City
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 5.0
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Pigwich

American, $, River MarketAmerican, $Kansas City, River Market
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
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Char Bar

American, $$, Old WestportAmerican, $$Kansas City, Old Westport
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
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Mattie’s Foods

$, Oak Meyer Gardens$Kansas City, Oak Meyer Gardens
Google: 4.9
Yelp: 5.0

Chef J BBQ

Kansas CityKansas City
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

County Road Ice House

American, $$, Central Business District - DowntownAmerican, $$Kansas City, Central Business District - Downtown
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que

American, $$, Kansas CityAmerican, $$Kansas City
Google: 4.1
Yelp: 3.0
  • Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life, 2022

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How did we curate this list?

We know how tough it is to find the best Barbeque in Kansas City. We pored over ratings for 5301 restaurants on Yelp and Google, 823905 restaurant reviews in Kansas City and 257 top lists and articles. We paid extra attention to what Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life, USA Today and Three Best Rated had to say, and applied our boam magic sauce. These spots have been featured in Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life - 2022 Best Barbecue Restaurants in Kansas City Area, USA Today - Best BBQ in Kansas City and Three Best Rated - 3 Best Barbecue Restaurants in Kansas City, KS. Every option we show has been verified as open and offering key services when we recommend it, thanks to our real-time updates. Our site gets no money for featuring restaurants in this list – everyone’s earned their place. Don’t sleep on the restaurants in this list.

Questions & answers

Scott's Kitchen and Catering at Hangar 29, Jack Stack Barbecue - Martin City, and Pigwich are the highest-rated barbeque spots for dinner in Kansas City.

Scott's Kitchen and Catering at Hangar 29, Jack Stack Barbecue - Martin City, and Pigwich are the highest-rated barbeque spots that are good for groups in Kansas City.

Scott's Kitchen and Catering at Hangar 29, Jack Stack Barbecue - Martin City, and Pigwich are the highest-rated spots for barbeque delivery in Kansas City.

Catch-N-Release Fried Fish & BBQ is the highest-rated food truck that serves barbeque in Kansas City.

Scott's Kitchen and Catering at Hangar 29, Jack Stack Barbecue - Martin City, and Pigwich are the highest-rated barbeque spots for lunch in Kansas City.

Drink pairing tips for Barbeque

  • Sauvignon Blanc and pork ribs with a barbecue rub


    A pork ribs with a barbecue rub can be tricky to find a white wine pairing for. We would suggest trying Sauvignon Blanc. It will pair nicely with the food and complete the meal thanks to its acidic.

  • Take pork to the next level

    When having pork, experts suggest you pair it with a glass of Pinot Noir, a popular red wine.

  • Rosé with your grilled turkey burger

    When considering what goes best with grilled turkey burger, we recommend a glass of Rosé, it truly complements the dish as it battles the grilled flavours.


Interesting facts about Barbeque

  • For the love of barbeque

    Can’t get enough barbeque? You’re not alone. The United States celebrates National Barbeque Day every year on July 4.

  • The American Royal World Series of Barbecue Festival

    Not sure what to do in October? We have an event you should head to! Go hang out at the American Royal World Series of Barbecue Festival in Kansas City. They even have a 5 day barbecue cook-off competition!

  • The first ever saucy chicken wing

    The saucy chicken wing was only thought up in 1950s! We wonder what people ever did without some good saucy chicken wing in their lives...

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