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Oklahoma Joe’s in Kansas City


We seem to be continuing the barbeque smackdown. Last night we went over to Oklahoma Joe's. Oklahoma Joe's is a barbeque joint inside a gas station in Kansas City, KS on the corner of Mission and 47th. It's not quite as gritty as it sounds, though it really is a barbeque joint in a gas station. But it's Zagat rated (28/30) and it's on Anthony Bourdain's list of "13 Places to Eat Before You Die" so for that, we figured we'd extend the barbeque contest just one more meal before we go back to fish and veggies. 

When we walked in there was a long line all the way to the front door of the place, but it moved fast and was no big deal. 


We ordered ribs, pulled pork, and burnt ends. The ribs were the best. They were fantastic, though not clearly superior to the past two rounds of ribs in St. Louis. They were less "falling off the bone" tender than the ribs at Shaved Duck, but more tender than Pappy's. They had a bit more smoky flavor than either Shaved Duck or Pappy's, but the best bark of any of the ribs we've tried. The batch we got at least, was a tad too salty for our taste. Just a tad. Apart from that: nearly the perfect rib.

Today after we finish up some work we're heading out to see Kansas City in the daylight. On our agenda: the Steamboat Arabia Museum, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and wandering around wherever looks good in between.


  1. Hi Laura and Kevin – I’ve been following your travels with interest, and with great jealousy 🙂 By my calculation, you’ve been over 3 months on the road! Best we can do these days is a long weekend within a 100 mile radius from home, but someday I’d really enjoy a long long road trip.

    But someday, I’d like to color in some more states too. By the way, you’ve missed a few on the way home 🙂

    It would be fun to update your road map as well.

    All the best and Happy Thanksgiving – how big a turkey will fit in that oven? We’ll be at Seacliff for the week, but come back over the hill to share Thanksgiving with family and friends…


  2. Steve: Yep, 3 months! Crazy, huh?

    We went to Whole Foods to get a small turkey (thought we’d do it on the Traeger…) but instead we got a duck!! So we’re going to smoke a duck for Thanksgiving…wherever we are (with fresh green beens, savory bread pudding with mushrooms and italian sausage, and a pumpkin flan!)

    Hope you guys have a lovely holiday, and we look forward to meeting up with you one of these days!


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