From ribs to chicken to seafood, Kansas City, Missouri has a variety of tasty barbecue options. Eat at the same restaurant as Jimmy Carter or play Ping-Pong while you casually eat barbecue in a beer garden. Here are’s eight best barbecue places in Kansas City, Missouri.

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1. Q39

1000 W 39th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111

At Q39, all of the food is created from scratch. Chef Rob Magee has won countless awards and placed highly in several competitions, including the Daniels World Champion Barbeque Invitational and the American Royal Barbeque Contest. Q39 opens at 11am everyday and closes at 10pm Monday through Thursday. Saturdays and Fridays the restaurant closes at 11pm and on Sundays it closes at 9pm.

2. Char Bar

4050 Pennsylvania Avenue #150, Kansas City, MO 64111

Char Bar is known for its’ Southern food, retro feel, and mason jar cocktails. Try one of Chef Mitch Benjamin’s award winning Meat Mitch sauces. Play bocce, Ping-Pong, and more in the large Beer Garden at the Char Bar. Char Bar is open from 11am to 10 pm Monday through Thursday. Fridays it is open 11am to 11pm, Saturdays are 10am to 10pm, and Sundays are 10am to 11pm. Note that the bar is open later.

3. Danny Edward’s Boulevard Barbecue

2900 Southwest Boulevard, Kansas City, MO 64108

Danny and his barbecue have been featured in several magazines, including the KC Tribune, Bon Appetit, and Saveur. Make sure to try the Authentic Mexican Chili, which is created from a secret family recipe. Danny Edward’s Boulevard Barbecue is open from 11am to 3pm Monday through Saturday.

4. Jack Stack Barbecue

4747 Wyandotte Street, Kansas City, MO 64112

Jack Stack Barbecue has been a well-known, upscale barbecue restaurant in Kansas City since 1957. You can even have Jack Stack food shipped to your house across the country if you want. The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 11am to 10pm. Fridays and Saturdays are 11am to 10:30pm and Sundays from 11am to 9:30pm.

5. B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ

1205 East 85th Street, Kansas City, MO 64131

B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ has live blues music, slow-smoked meats, and classic Louisiana meals. On certain days of the week there are beer specials. On Thursdays there are Bud Lite Buckets and on Sundays there are Miller Lite Buckets. B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ opens at 11am everyday except Monday they are closed.

6. Arthur Bryant’s Barbecue

1727 Brooklyn Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64127

Even Jimmy Carter and Steven Spielberg have dined at Arthur Bryant’s Barbecue. If you’re not in Kansas City, don’t worry because you can order Arthur Bryant’s famous barbecue sauce online. Arthur Bryant’s Barbecue is open Monday through Thursday 10am to 9:30pm, Friday and Saturday 10am to 10pm, and Sundays from 11am to 8pm.

7. Dickey’s Barbeque Pit

9000 NW Skyview Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64154

Dickey’s Barbeque Pit has everything from stuffed baked potatoes to fried okra to pulled pork. If you don’t have time for a sit down meal, you can order online and pick up at the restaurant. Dickey’s Barbeque Pit is open everyday from 11am to 9pm.

8. Winslow’s BBQ

20 East 5th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106

Winslow’s BBQ has been serving traditional barbecue for over 40 years. Enjoy barbecue on the large outdoor patio in the historic City Market downtown. Winslow’s BBQ is open everyday from 11am to 8pm.


This article was written by Colleen Regan.