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Barbecue: Can’t Miss BBQ Joints

The legend that is Kansas City barbecue began in the early 1900s in an old trolley barn at 19th and Highland. His name was Henry Perry who created an aroma that attracted daily crowds to the back of the barn, where he slow-smoked ribs and sold them, wrapped in newspaper, for 25-cents a slab.

Kansas Citians couldn’t get enough of it.

“The beauty of Kansas City barbecue,” says Carolyn Wells, executive director of the Kansas City Barbecue Society, “is that you can ask ten different people to define Kansas City barbecue and you get ten different answers and they are all correct.”

That’s because in the nearly 100 barbecue joints smoking in Kansas City, there is a melding of flavors and styles from across the country that result in award-winning, mouth-watering, tummy-stuffing flavors that defy conventional adjectives.

So dive in and start experiencing Kansas City's world-famous barbecue. Here's a list of our member barbecue restaurants.

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810 Zone at Harrah's

Cuisine: American | Location: Northeast | Price: $$ Moderate

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810 Zone at Harrah's Casino located in North Kansas City provides great menu food and drink specials, live broadcasts, and TVs on every wall. Enjoy pre-game appetizers, a variety of savory salads and great dinner and lunch items! Grab a table on your way to the "tables" at 810 Zone at Harrah's Casino - where there is not a bad seat in the house. Game on!...
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Arthur Bryant's Barbecue

Cuisine: Catering | Location: East | Price: $$ Moderate

  • Arthur Bryant's Barbecue has been rated 3 out of 5 stars

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Arthur Bryant, the legendary King of Ribs, is the most renowned barbequer in history. He created a sauce that has attracted the likes of former Presidents Harry Truman and Jimmy Carter to his restaurant . . . considered to be the best restaurant in the world by New Yorker columnist Calvin Trillin. Since 1930 celebrities such as Steven Spielberg, Michael Landon, Robert Redford, Jack Nicholson, Wilt Chamberlain, Bryant Gumbel, Tom Watson and George Brett — and common folk alike — have made the pilgrimage to Arthur Bryant's to enjoy barbeque that's slow-smoked with a combination of hickory and oak woods, mellowed to the peak of flavor, then splashed with Original or Rich & Spicy sauce. Now you can enjoy these sauces with carefully guarded secret recipes at home, for the authentic taste of Arthur Bryant's barbeque. Arthur used to mix and store his sauce in big five gallon glass jars. You can still see one in the window of the Brooklyn restaurant today. ...
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Arthur Bryant's Barbecue - Ameristar

Cuisine: Barbecue | Location: Northeast | Price: $$ Moderate

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Bryant’s made KC barbecue famous. Beer and soft drinks. ...
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Arthur Bryant's Barbecue - The Legends

Cuisine: Barbecue | Location: West | Price: $$ Moderate

  • Arthur Bryant's Barbecue - The Legends has been rated 1 out of 5 stars

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Arthur Bryant, the legendary King of Ribs, is the most renowned barbequer in history. He created a sauce that has attracted the likes of former Presidents Harry Truman and Jimmy Carter to his restaurant . . . considered to be the best restaurant in the world by New Yorker columnist Calvin Trillin. Since 1930 celebrities such as Steven Spielberg, Michael Landon, Robert Redford, Jack Nicholson, Wilt Chamberlain, Bryant Gumbel, Tom Watson and George Brett — and common folk alike — have made the pilgrimage to Arthur Bryant's to enjoy barbeque that's slow-smoked with a combination of hickory and oak woods, mellowed to the peak of flavor, then splashed with Original or Rich & Spicy sauce. Now you can enjoy these sauces with carefully guarded secret recipes at home, for the authentic taste of Arthur Bryant's barbeque. Arthur used to mix and store his sauce in big five gallon glass jars. ...
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B.B.'s Lawn Side Bar-B-Q

Cuisine: Cocktails Served | Location: Southeast | Price: $$ Moderate

  • B.B.'s Lawn Side Bar-B-Q has been rated 5 out of 5 stars

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Where barbecue meets the blues in Kansas City! Recently featured on Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-Ins, Dives and Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations. The Travel Channel picks BB's as one of the Top 5 must-see activities in Kansas City. Open Tue.–Sun. for lunch and dinner. Slow-smoked Kansas City barbecue in BB's 60+ year-old pit, and Louisiana favorites like gumbo, jambalaya and red beans and rice. Plus, BB's serves appetizers, soups and sandwiches -sliced thin, piled high. Check out our full menu....
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BBQ Shack, LLC

Cuisine: Carryout Food | Location: Southwest | Price: $$ Moderate

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As seen on The Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, The BBQ Shack really does go whole hog. While specializing in whole roasted hogs, The BBQ Shack offers succulent hickory smoked pork spare ribs, full-flavored BBQ brisket and burnt ends, and mouth-watering pulled pork. Several signature items are also available at The BBQ Shack. Homemade jalapeno poppers, better known as Atomic Buffalo Turds (ABTs), are stuffed with marinated water chestnuts or smoked chicken and cream cheese, then wrapped with a slice of homemade bacon. Our chicken wings are smoked, then deep-fried to perfection. Try them slathered with a Jamaican Hot Sauce or our Honey BBQ Sauce, or just plain if you like. The BBQ Shack was also featured in the 2009 book "America's Best BBQ Joints" by Paul Kirk/Ardie Davis. The BBQ Skack features a down home atmosphere, good music, and what may be the best Mayberry memorabilia west of North Carolina....
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Buffet at Harrah's, The

Cuisine: American | Location: Northeast | Price: $$ Moderate

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There's something for everyone at the Buffet. Our chefs will tempt your palate with an endless variety of delicious freshly prepared foods. Be sure to stop by the focal point of the restaurant, which features the Center Cut carving station. Here you'll find an exciting variety of mouthwatering hand-carved meats prepared in unique fashions and flavors. ...
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Danny Edwards Famous KC BBQ

Cuisine: Barbecue | Location: Crown Center Area | Price: $ Economy

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This BBQ joint has a massive following. It's no secret why, brisket sandwiches are renowned for their size and flavor, and the ribs, dry rubbed before smoking enjoy a strong reputation as well. Sides include heaping helpings of baked beans, slaw & pasta salad....
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Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Cuisine: Carryout Food | Location: Southeast | Price: $ Economy

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Taste why Dickey’s Barbecue has been the world’s best barbecue since 1941! Try our 8 juicy hot pit smoked meats, like our southern pulled pork or our family recipe polish sausage. We even offer 11 home-style sides, like our creamy cole slaw and fried okra. Don’t forget we’re also your catering experts! Any event, any size – let Dickey’s do the cooking, and you can take the credit. Graduation parties, weddings, office functions, you name it! Dickey’s Barbecue is the perfect catering choice for groups of all sizes – from 10 to 10,000! Don’t forget-Kids Eat Free Sundays & everyone enjoys FREE ice cream every day! Dickey’s Barbecue. Seriously, Pit Smoked....
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Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue - Martin City

Cuisine: American | Location: Southeast | Price: $$ Moderate

  • Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue - Martin City has been rated 4 out of 5 stars

  • Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue - Martin City is a Visitor's Choice
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KC's Premier Gourmet Wood Cookery. Rated #1 barbecue by Zagat. Full bar. ...
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Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue - Overland Park

Cuisine: Catering | Location: Southwest | Price: $$ Moderate

  • Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue - Overland Park has been rated 4 out of 5 stars

  • Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue - Overland Park is a Visitor's Choice
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Rated #1 barbecue in the country by Zagat's Survey. Fresh seafood, certified Angus steaks. Full bar....
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Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue at the Freight House

Cuisine: Cocktails Served | Location: Crown Center Area | Price: $$ Moderate

  • Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue at the Freight House is a Visitor's Choice
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Rated #1 barbecue in the country by Zagat's. Fresh seafood, certified Angus steaks. Experience the highest service standards and a breathtakingly beautiful venue in the historic Freight House. Private dining: 65 ppl inside; 120 including the heated patio....
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Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue - Plaza

Cuisine: Barbecue | Location: Country Club Plaza Area | Price: $$ Moderate

  • Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue - Plaza has been rated 5 out of 5 stars

  • Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue - Plaza is a Visitor's Choice
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Rated #1 barbecue in the country by Zagat's. Fresh seafood, certified Angus steaks. Experience the highest service standards and a breathtakingly beautiful venue on the historic Country Club Plaza. ...
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Gates Bar-B-Q - Downtown

Cuisine: Cocktails Served | Location: Downtown Area | Price: $$ Moderate

  • Gates Bar-B-Q - Downtown has been rated 4 out of 5 stars

  • Gates Bar-B-Q - Downtown is a Visitor's Choice
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Family-owned KC barbecue tradition, cafeteria style. Full bar. Major credit cards. Semi-private dining for 30 people. ...
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Gates Bar-B-Q - East

Cuisine: Carryout Food | Location: East | Price: $$ Moderate

  • Gates Bar-B-Q - East has been rated 3 out of 5 stars

  • Gates Bar-B-Q - East is a Visitor's Choice
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Gates Bar-B-Q is a third generation family owned bar-b-que restaurant. Established in 1946 Gates Bar-B-Q is a Kansas City original. "Hi may I help you" the Gates signature greeting can be heard at any of the six Gates Bar-B-Q locations. Major credit cards. Semi-private dining for 30 ppl. ...
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Gates Bar-B-Q - Midtown

Cuisine: Cocktails Served | Location: Crown Center Area | Price: $$ Moderate

  • Gates Bar-B-Q - Midtown has been rated 4 out of 5 stars

  • Gates Bar-B-Q - Midtown is a Visitor's Choice
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Gates Bar-B-Q is a Kansas City original. This family restaurant established in 1946, has grown from a single store front at 19th & Vine to a family of five up to date restaurants throughout the Kansas City Metropolitan area; all struttin' the Gates Bar-B-Q unique red roof design and man in full tuxedo top hat, depicting our style. Over 50 years of excellence, hard work and their family recipe has perpetuated the growth of their sauce line to a family of sauces, all with the distinct flavor found only in Gates Bar-B-Q products. All their restaurants, sauce products and seasonings serve as a conduit between Gates and its customers' satisfaction. The connection of good food; fast, personalized service and an immediate greeting of "Hi, may I help you?" All act as their trademarks. Gates will continue in the family tradition and pride themselves on producing the best Bar-B-Q products possible....
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Gates Bar-B-Q - Southeast

Cuisine: Cocktails Served | Location: Southeast | Price: $$ Moderate

  • Gates Bar-B-Q - Southeast has been rated 5 out of 5 stars

  • Gates Bar-B-Q - Southeast is a Visitor's Choice
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Family-owned KC barbecue tradition. Full bar. Private dining: 40 people. Major credit cards. ...
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Genghis Khan Mongolian Grill

Cuisine: Asian | Location: Country Club Plaza Area | Price: $$ Moderate

  • Genghis Khan Mongolian Grill has been rated 5 out of 5 stars

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The original Genghis Khan Mongolian Grill sits in a 100yr-old building where hardwood floors and brick walls combine with Mongolian photography to create an eclectic atmosphere. The new Northland restaurant has a stylish Mongolian look with a cozy, comfortable feel. Our famous Mongolian style BBQ is the oldest and best in KC.  It offers 25 different vegetables, 12 meat and seafood and 15 spices and pastas for you to create a one of a kind masterpiece. Additional menu items include original old-country Chinese creations, clay-pot simmered favorites and vegetarian favorites executed by our master chef. It's a culinary experience everyone can enjoy.  Bar service includes international beer, wine and one of a kind cocktails and martinis. Serving Kansas City original favorites for 25 years with attentive, thoughtful service, you too will love the Chang Family restaurants. Visit our website at www.gkbbq.com or see us on Facebook. ...
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Golden Ox

Cuisine: Catering | Location: Downtown Area | Price: $$ Moderate

  • Golden Ox has been rated 5 out of 5 stars

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KC's famous, historic steak & chop house. Located in the old stockyards area with memorabilia and photos of the past that include 1917 fire, 1951 flood and the historic stockyards. The bar features a 20-foot mural of a western cattle drive and the restaurant has a distinctive western feel. Also serves fabulous Kansas City barbecue, great martinis and Rob Roys. Private dining: 120 ppl. ...
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Q39 Restaurant

Cuisine: Barbecue | Location: Country Club Plaza Area | Price: $$ Moderate

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Blending national-championship barbeque with wood-fire grill techniques in the heart of Kansas City. Opening early April 2014....
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Smokehouse Bar-B-Que - East

Cuisine: Catering | Location: East | Price: $$ Moderate

  • Smokehouse Bar-B-Que - East has been rated 5 out of 5 stars

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Enjoy delicious authentic hickory-pit barbecue in a casual atmosphere. Full bar. Full catering....
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Smokehouse Bar-B-Que - North

Cuisine: Catering | Location: Northeast | Price: $$ Moderate

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Enjoy delicious authentic hickory-pit barbecue in a casual atmosphere. Full bar. Full catering & banquet facility: 150 people....
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Smokehouse Bar-B-Que - Overland Park

Cuisine: Catering | Location: Southwest | Price: $$ Moderate

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Enjoy delicious authentic hickory-pit barbecue in a casual atmosphere. Full bar. Full catering & banquet facility: 150 people....
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Smokehouse Bar-B-Que - Zona Rosa

Cuisine: Carryout Food | Location: Northwest | Price: $$ Moderate

  • Smokehouse Bar-B-Que - Zona Rosa has been rated 1 out of 5 stars

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Smokehouse BBQ is Kansas City's best choice for traditional, hickory smoked Bar-B-Que enjoyed in a nice, family atmosphere. Smokehouse BBQ's pit experts have been preparing authentic Bar-B-Que for a combined total of over 30 years. Our fine meats are always prepared to our high standards of quality and consistency ...
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Terrace Buffet, The

Cuisine: American | Location: Northwest | Price: $$ Moderate

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Outdoor Mediterranean-theme offers a cozy environment to enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner 7-days a week. Freshly prepared entrees and desserts include everything from an elaborate salad bar, fresh fish to pasta and freshly made pizzas....
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