Ask anyone what comes to mind when they hear “Kansas City” and they’ll most likely respond with something that sets us apart from all other cities in the U.S. – barbecue. We’re known for some of the most deliciously mouthwatering BBQ eats in the entire country, making every barbecue lover a fan of Kansas City!

Our style of barbecue is different than other well known cities like Memphis and Austin; we tend to use a variety of meats like chicken, beef, pork, fish, and sausage instead of just pulled pork or ribs. Our BBQ is also famously known for being robustly flavorful with many different spices and slow-smoked for an extra rich flavor (anyone else getting hungry?).

If you’re a local, have you visited the top BBQ restaurants in Kansas City? If you’re not a local, have you tried any of our BBQ restaurants while visiting? There’s over 100 barbecue restaurants in the Greater Kansas City Area alone, so it can be tricky navigating which ones are a must try when you’re visiting. Whether you’re a Kansas Citian or are planning a visit to our beautiful city, take a look at our list of the top BBQ restaurants in the area – we promise they’re worth the stop and will have your mouth watering just thinking of them!

Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque
Slow-smoked ribs is Arthur Bryant’s specialty, served with their delicious sauces, all secret recipes. With two locations in Kansas City, it’s easy to see why they’ve expanded into one of Kansas City’s top BBQ restaurants. Known as one of the most legendary barbequers in the country, Arthur Bryant’s fans include former Presidents Obama, Carter and Truman! If it’s good enough for former presidents, it’s definitely a must try for the average person.

Jack Stack Barbecue
Ask any Kansas Citian what their thoughts are about Jack Stack Barbecue and they won’t be able to recommend it enough! Jack Stack started in 1957 by the Fiorella family and to this day is still owned by a third generation Fiorella. When they first opened they only offered five to six items, but their menu has since evolved into one of the most diverse in the area offering delicious hickory smoked BBQ and delectable sides like a cheesy corn bake and hickory pit baked beans.

Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que
You may think we’re crazy to say one of the best barbecue restaurants in town started in a gas station, but it’s true! Located at the corner of 47th and Mission Road in Kansas City, KS, Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que has become one of the tastiest and preferred barbecue stops in the Kansas City area and now has three locations to choose from. Before opening their first restaurant, owners Jeff and Joy Stehney competed in barbecue competitions across the country, winning some of the most prestigious awards and holding many “Grand Champion” titles! If you’re lucky enough to visit Joe’s, try the Z-Man or burnt ends, you won’t be disappointed!

One of the most visited barbecue joints in the Heart of America, Q39, is owned by Chef Rob Magee. Chef Magee graduated from Culinary Institute of America and opened one of the best local BBQ joints in the country, serving delicious brisket and Angus beef cooked in hickory fired smokers. They also serve amazing fish, burgers and steaks! Whether you’re a local or visiting from out of town, Q39 is a must if you’re craving barbecue, but don’t just take our word for it; Q39 holds awards from top BBQ competitions like the Jack Daniels World Champion Barbecue Invitational and the American Royal Barbecue Contest!

Slap’s BBQ
Beef, ribs, brisket, pulled pork – just some of the tasty menu items you’ll find at Slap’s BBQ on Central Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas. Brothers Mike and Joe Pearce opened Slap’s BBQ in 2014 after winning many barbecue competitions, including competing on the hit television show Destination America’s BBQ Pitmasters (and winning second place!). Their barbecue is so good that they sell out every day.


We’re willing to bet that your stomach is growling and your mouth is watering after learning about our top BBQ restaurants in the Greater Kansas City Area. Don’t just take our word for it, try out the restaurants above if you’re looking for some tasty barbecue!

Did you know that Overland Chauffeured Services offers customizable BBQ tours in Kansas City? No one wants to drive on a full stomach, so why not book special event transportation through Overland to sample the area’s top BBQ joints while being chauffeured in a luxury, spacious vehicle?

Bring your appetite and family/friends and enjoy an exciting day of taste testing the top barbecue restaurants in the Greater Kansas City Area while riding in a luxury sedan, SUV, van, or coach! Our event planners will help you plan your customizable BBQ tour from choosing which restaurants to visit to the perfect vehicle for your group! To book special event transportation for your customizable BBQ tour, request a free quote or call (913) 381-3504.