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Award-winning Kansas City BBQ at Oklahoma Joe’s…

Posted on 25 August 2011

The scene: When you pull up to Oklahoma Joe’s, there are two immediate giveaways that it is something special. First is the line out the door, which started forming 20 minutes before the 11 a.m. opening. Secondly, it’s in a gas station. There are many great BBQ joints across this nation occupying former gas stations, but Oklahoma Joe’s is in a current gas station. It’s also a convenience store, and in addition to potato chips, wiper fluid, and energy drinks, the aisles stock a mind-boggling array of spice rubs and sauces from other great BBQ places around the country. This is a mini-version of the Kansas City BBQ Store a short drive away, which Oklahoma Joe’s also owns, boasting the largest such selection on the planet, plus a massive array of grills worthy of opening your own restaurant around. But don’t bother, because Jeff Stehney, Oklahoma Joe’s owner, has already done the hard work for you.

 

  • Oklahoma Joe's tournament team won the World Brisket Open, and has taken first place in the biggest tournaments with virtually everything on their menu, winning for lamb, sausage, pork, brisket, chicken, and sauce.  

Oklahoma Joe’s tournament team won the World Brisket Open, and has taken first place in the biggest tournaments with virtually everything on their menu, winning for lamb, sausage, pork, brisket, chicken, and sauce.

 

Oklahoma Joe’s draws a cross section of loyal locals (and in KC they are pretty opinionated about BBQ), tourists who have seen them on multiple food TV shows (Anthony Bourdain, Man vs. Food), and die-hard pilgrimage BBQ junkies aware of their industry prestige. I doubt any are disappointed.

 

What customers say: “The best I’ve found so far,” said Gerard Connors, a retired New York City police officer and barbecue fan on a lengthy cross-country barbecue road trip.

 

Pilgrimage-worthy?: Yes! If not the single best barbecue restaurant in the nation, it’s close.

 

Price: Moderate

 

Details: Original, 3002 W. 47th Avenue, Kansas City, KS; 913-722-3366; http://www.oklahomajoesbbq.com/

Source: USA Today

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