Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ in Kansas City, KS

Oh hi from Kansas City, BBQ Capital of the World!

When heading to Oklahoma Joe’s in Kansas City, don’t come in starving. Most especially if you are so starved that your stomach will start chewing on itself. Or if you have ulcer.


You have been warned

The line at the Olathe location

The wait. We first visited the Oklahoma Joe’s Olathe, KS location along South Strang Line Road, which took a good 15 minute wait to get to the order counter. The next day, we decided to visit the original location, the one inside the gas station, and it took us almost an hour to get to the order counter. (Though the wait in between taking your order and getting your order to you is a quick 5 minutes.)

The line outside Oklahoma Joe’s on a rainy day. There’s still a line inside

The lines at the original location snaked inside the restaurant AND around the restaurant.

A chicken peep inside

So come hungry, but not dying of hunger. Or maybe take along a light snack, like a cookie, a celery or carrot stick or a chocolate bar to much on while you’re standing in line.

But the long lines says it all. Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ is worth lining up for.

What do you order?


Anthony Bourdain said you come to Oklahoma Joe’s for their ribs. And so I did. Theirs is one of the best I’ve had. The meat on each rib is almost an inch thick since they do use St. Louis cut of ribs. The meat is so tender that it slips off the bone easier than taking off your own underwear. No hiccups.

The bark: My favorite part of the rib

The bark on the ribs is crisp, thick and sugary, a nice textural contrast to the juicy meat inside.

Oklahoma Joe’s own blend of BBQ sauces for sale

More BBQ sauces from all over for sale at the original location

They say that Kansas City BBQ, unlike Texas BBQ, is all about the sauce on the meat. But at Oklahoma Joe’s you actually don’t need the sauce. The meat on its own is great on its own. I only added the sauce if I’d like another layer of sweetness.

Only during Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays

Burnt ends at Oklahoma Joe’s with a side of red beans & rice

One other thing you must order is their burnt ends. But they’re only available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. But to be sure, best to make a call before you drive over. They’re little nubbins of smoky, fatty, sweet and savory goodness. The Husband says they’re even better than Pecan Lodge’s meat lollipops because they’re a good balance of fat and meat. (But I still think Pecan Lodge’s burnt ends are so much better)

The Z-Man sandwich, onion rings on the side

Oh, don’t forget their famous Z-man sandwich, toasted kaiser bun filled with sliced beef brisket, smoked melted provolone cheese, BBQ sauce and two crispy onion rings.

Chicken GuMmmmmmmbo

The side dishes at Oklahoma Joe’s are also stars. In particular, I applaud them for their seasoned French fries that absolutely do not turn soggy even minutes or an hour after cooling down. The Husband also enjoyed his bowl of chicken gumbo, a hearty, spicy bowl of rice, okra and chicken. I, on the other hand, loved the red beans & rice, which was surprisingly light for a usually hearty stew.

One of the winningest BBQ joints ever


So when off to Oklahoma Joe’s, don’t come in starving. Come hungry and make sure you bring along someones who’d enjoy a feast of Kansas City’s finest BBQ.

The original location in that gas station

Oklahoma Joe’s original location

3002 W 47th Ave, Kansas City, KS 66103
Open Monday-Thursday: 11AM- 9PM
Friday & Saturday: 11AM- 10PM
Closed on Sundays
+1 (913) 722-3366

South Strand Line Road, Olathe, KS

Oklahoma Joe’s Olathe location

11950 South Strang Line Road,
Olathe, Kansas 66062
Open Monday-Thursday: 11AM- 9PM
Friday & Saturday: 11AM- 10PM
Closed on Sundays
+1 (913) 782-6858



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