Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ – Kansas City, KS

Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ – Kansas City, KS

If there’s one thing I love the midwest for it’s their damn good BBQ!  (And all my friends who live there too:))  On my first trip out to Kansas City, my brother-in-law, whose’s originally from Wichita, took us to this fine establishment.  Actually, it’s in a gas station but once you get inside it’s not scary at all.  The menu is huge and it’s a little overwhelming but I finally narrowed down my selection to the Carolina Style Brisket Sandwich  – served on a bun with spicy slaw and Bubba’s Sauce.   We also got a side of beans and coleslaw.  There’s plenty of extra BBQ sauce on the table which I used liberally.

Let me just tell you that I loved this sandwich so much that when I was back in Kansas City for a wedding this June, yes…twice in one year, we had our friends pick us up sandwiches and had them waiting for us when we flew in.  I think it will be a new tradition when I go to Kansas City…and it might just be the reason I go there:)

Not only am I a fan but so is Anthony Bourdain.  In fact, he wrote in an article for Men’s Health which included Oklahoma Joe’s as on of the 13 places to eat before you die.  Also on that list were El Bulli and The French Laundry.  Here’s a quote from the article:

“People may disagree on who has the best barbecue,” he writes. “Here, the brisket (particularly the burnt ends), pulled pork, and ribs are all of a quality that meet the high standards even of Kansas City natives. It’s the best barbecue in Kansas City, which makes it the best barbecue in the world.”

*My husband gets The Z-Man Sandwich – brisket, smoked provolone, topped w/ two onion rings on a kaiser bun.  I’ve had a bite and it’s pretty tasty.

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