Kansas City, KS: Oklahoma Joe’s

According to some, this place is one of the top spots to eat before you die

Facebook/Oklahoma Joe's BBQ
Facebook/Oklahoma Joe's BBQ
A line waits outside of the restaurant’s original location.

Named as one of the 13 places to eat before you die by Anthony Bourdain, Oklahoma Joe’s is one of Kansas City’s gems (and is featured on our Ultimate BBQ Road Trip).

Oklahoma Joe's brisket has received numerous awards from the American Royal and other barbecue competitions from across the county. Sliced and flavored with barbecue sauce, it is the center of The Z-Man Sandwich. This popular sandwich starts with a fresh kaiser roll and the meat is topped with smoked provolone and two onion rings.

Even more popular than The Z-Man are Oklahoma Joe’s burnt ends. These tender cuts of brisket are worth the line they create. If you are planning a trip to Oklahoma Joe's, get there early, as often you will find guests lined out the door. Also plan ahead as Oklahoma Joe’s serves burnt ends only on Mondays at lunch, Wednesdays after 4:00 p.m., and Saturdays at lunch.

Oklahoma Joe’s has three locations in the Kansas City. The original location, in Kansas City, Kan., is literally inside a real, live working gas station.

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