Kansas City barbecue?

Double Chili Cheeseburger
2012/09/30 13:21:06
I'm hoping to go to Kansas City at the end of next week and was hoping for some recommendations for barbecue restaurants. If I play my cards right, I would hope to be able to get in two lunches and dinners.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Re:Kansas City barbecue? 2012/09/30 16:28:18
You do know next weekend is when they're holding The American Royal BBQ Cook-Off, the biggest 'Que contest in the world, right?  There are more than 500 competing teams over three days of cooking and massive partying, all on the grounds of The American Royal complex.
On the plus side, for $15 you can walk the entire grounds, watching world class, champion pitmasters plying their trade.  On the down side, that fifteen bucks won't get you a bite to eat.  KC public health rules forbid teams from selling their wares, although you'll occasionally find someone who will be handing out free samples.  There's plenty to eat, of course, but most of it is state fair food court quality items.  Don't get me wrong, there are some past American Royal winners who have created food carts and sell 'Que to the public, but most of what's available is "food on a stick" and lemon shake-ups.
I'll be at The Royal on Friday and Saturday, operating the Sauce Store as part of the BBQ Expo in the Governor's Building.  Contestants in the Sauce Contest donate cases of their products to be sold at the store which supports local charities.  Most items are $5 each, and you can find hundreds of regional sauces from all over the country.  Stop over and say, "Howdy," if you decide to come to The Royal.
As for your original question about where to get good 'Que in KC, not to be snarky, but, have you done any kind of a search yet on this site for that information?  There must be at least a half dozen separate threads here on that exact subject.  But to answer your question, LC's is best overall with an emphasis on Burnt Ends.  Oklahoma Joe's is a close second, as far as most people are concerned.  Smokin' Guns up in North Kansas City is a crowd fave, although, they're only open for lunch.  Jack's Stack in Overland Park, KS is a favorite for folks who like safe, white tablecloth BBQ.  They're especially well known for their lamb ribs.
My personal favorites include LC's, Brobeck's BBQ, B.B.'s Lawnside BBQ, RJ's Bobbicue, and Snead's.  On a recent visit to KC we made a long awaited return trip to Roseland BBQ.  I have plans for visiting Danny Edwards when we're there over the holidays.
I'm sure others will weigh in with their thoughts; some might even tell you I don't know what I'm talking about.  That's okay.  Frequently, I don't.
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Kansas City barbecue? 2012/10/01 11:17:51
LC's is my favorite BBQ in the entire country.  Their burnt ends are spectacular.  Not the prettiest place, and it's not in the most convenient area for tourists, but it is WELL worth the trip.  
Re:Kansas City barbecue? 2012/10/01 12:41:38
Dave.... Don't know where you're staying, here is a
Barbecue Map of Kansas City:
Intractive Map may take a little  longer to load.

LC's is worth a trip as is Oklahoma Joes...Rosedale Barbecue
is a local working mans favorite, its been around 75 years.
If you have enough time try Strouds for some chicken.
post edited by mhill95 - 2012/10/01 15:13:20
Re:Kansas City barbecue? 2012/10/01 14:06:02
Forgot to mention Gates.  They're a local chain, but still family run and, if you order right, some very good 'Que.  Stick with the brisket, a side of beans and an order of fries (one order is enough for two people).
Re:Kansas City barbecue? 2012/10/01 14:09:52

LC's is my favorite BBQ in the entire country.  Their burnt ends are spectacular.  Not the prettiest place, and it's not in the most convenient area for tourists, but it is WELL worth the trip.  

I agree with Pigiron. I can't say that LC's is the best in the country, that will probably go to one of the Texas Q Joints, at least in my opinion, but they are the best I've had in Kansas City
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Kansas City barbecue? 2012/10/06 14:21:13
Here's a few.
Arthur Bryant's BBQ @ 1727 Brooklyn Avenue, Kansas City, MO 816 - 231 - 1123.
Gates and Son's BBQ @ 1221 Brooklyn Avenue, Kansas City, MO 816 - 483 - 3880.
Epps BBQ @ 6666 Kaw Drive, Kansas City, KS 913 - 328 - 1711.  
Oklahoma Joe's BBQ @ 3002 W 47th Avenue, Kansas City, KS 913 - 722 - 3366.
Papa Bob's BBQ @ 11610 Kaw Drive, Kansas City, KS 913 - 422 - 4210. 
Quick's BBQ @ 1007 Merriam Lane, Kansas City, KS 913 - 236 - 7228.
Rosedale BBQ @ 600 SW Blvd., Kansas City, KS 913 - 262 - 0343.  
7th Street BBQ @ 709 Cheyenne Avenue, Kansas City, KS 913 - 371 - 1599.
Wood Yard BBQ @ 3001 Merriam Lane, Kansas City, KS 913 - 362 - 8000.  
Junior Burger
Re:Kansas City barbecue? 2012/10/12 17:59:40
great list Littleman
Re:Kansas City barbecue? 2012/10/25 18:19:55
Went by Mr. Epps' a couple of days ago and he appears to be closed.
Big T's is just down the street from LC's and they also have great burnt ends plus beef ribs on the weekends.