Whether it's National Barbecue Month like now—hello, May—or any month of the year, one thing remains constant: barbecue is always a good idea, especially if you're in Kansas City, Kansas.

First things first, let's talk sauce. Here in Kansas City, we don't just do barbecue; we do sauce. We're discussing a symphony of flavors that will make your taste buds sing. Whether you're craving something spicy that'll knock your socks off or a sweet, tangy concoction that'll have you licking your fingers, we've got it all. And let's not forget about the daring souls who dare to try our hottest sauces—trust me, it's an experience that will pique your curiosity and leave you wanting more.

But it's not just about the sauce, folks. It's about the entire barbecue experience, and Kansas City, Kansas, knows how to deliver. Imagine this: tender, juicy meat slow-cooked to perfection, with a hint of smokiness in every bite and that oh-so-satisfying char on the outside. Can you almost taste it? Because I know I can. 

Here's a sneak peek of some of our popular BBQ spots: 

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Joe’s Kansas City Barbecue:
Joe's Kansas city Barbecue, also known as '13 Places to Eat Before You Die' by Anthony Bourdain, is a must-visit.Indulge your taste buds in the iconic Z-Man sandwich with a taste that's been acclaimed at nearly 40 contests nationwide—truly a testament to its unrivaled excellence! The original location at 47th and Mission Road adds a unique twist, housed within an active gas station and convenience store, creating the cool and funky ambiance that defines exceptional barbecue joints. 

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Slap’s BBQ 
Meet the barbecue maestros, brothers Mike and Joe Pearce. Their knack for winning ribbons at national competitions led them to turn their passion into a full-time endeavor. In 2014, armed with only a few hundred pounds of meat, they opened shop and sold out within hours—a testament to their barbecue prowess. Featured on Destination America's BBQ Pitmasters, they've swiftly carved their niche in the competitive Kansas City barbecue scene. 

Slaps BBQ

Blind Box Barbecue 
Experience a modern twist on classic Kansas City barbecue at Blind Box—a fusion of "Old school cool with new school attitude!" Dive into their signature nachos, a tantalizing ensemble of smoked meats, green chile queso, roasted corn, queso fresco, and pico de gallo. Brace yourself for the Blind Box Notorious P.I.G. sandwich, a hands-on delight loaded with local smoked sausage, pulled pork, mac and cheese, and crispy onion straws. Indulge in The Butcher's Block, a curated charcuterie board featuring an array of in-house smoked meats and cheeses.

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Woodyard BBQ 
Featured on Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives and Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations, Woodyard BBQ has earned its culinary stripes. Homey and quaint, the air is thick with the pungent aroma of white oak and hickory wood.  At Woodyard, you'll find fine smoked meats, fresh house-made side items, and one of Kansas City's last outdoor brick smokers around.  Adding to its charm, an on-site, expansive dog park invites guests to bring along their four-legged friends. Indulge in a barbecue experience that seamlessly blends tradition, flavor, and a touch of canine-friendly hospitality. 


Jones Bar-B-Q 
At Jones Bar-B-Q, experience the meticulous perfection infused into every Kansas City staple—ribs, brisket, burnt ends, pork, and more—all crafted with genuine love. The Jones sisters ensure that the flame of tradition continues to burn brightly, delivering a culinary experience that resonates with the essence of time-honored expertise and a commitment to excellence. 

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Rosedale Barbecue 
A true KCK Institution, Rosedale has been slow-smoking delectable meats for 90 years! Time may pass, but the joint's simplicity and nationwide acclaim for its food remain unchanged. It's an authentic, down-home Kansas City barbecue at its finest. 

Rosedale BBq

Wyandot BBQ 
A beloved fixture in Kansas City, Wyandot BBQ has earned its reputation with signature spareribs, chicken, and burnt ends. Locals can’t get enough of their go-to favorites. The menu extends beyond barbecue classics, offering exceptional shrimp, pork tenderloin,sausage,ham and turkey.

Holy Smoke BBQ 
Savor the smoky flavors of Holy Smoke BBQ, a family-operated mobile vendor unit offering a variety of smoked meats, sides, and beverages. With a commitment to community service and a passion for barbecue passed down through generations, the Slater family ensures every customer leaves happy and full. 

So which one is your favorite?