Top Spots In Kansas City For Barbecue

Kansas City is often known as the melting pot of barbecue, merging myriad styles into its own fabulous mix of wood, meat and sauce. With more than 100 barbecue joints around the Kansas City area, there’s a little something for everyone with the town’s signature sweet sauces, crunchy brisket burnt ends, dry rubs and delectable beef brisket, but there are a few places that those who’ve recently hired and are new residents should be sure to check out.

Arthur Bryant’s BBQ Restaurant
With a series of locations around the Kansas City metropolitan area, Arthur Bryant’s BBQ Restaurant has built up a significant following with foodies all over the country. With fine-tuned barbecue recipes that have been refined for more than 80 years, the eatery specializes in mouth-watering slow-cooked meats over hickory and oak woods, reports The Wall Street Journal. Be sure to check out the rib tips, which may give the local specialty, burnt ends, a run for their money!

Woodyard Bar-B-Que
For those who would love to sample a bit of the local flavor, the Woodyard Bar-B-Que has that in spades. As a true roadside barbecue on the Kansas border, Woodyard is known for its house-made smoked bacon, brisket and ribs, which are the envy of pitmasters all over town. The establishment is also known for its burnt ends chili, with a mixture of classic chili ingredients and the area’s signature snack.

Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue
Barbecue in a fine dining setting – who knew? At Fiorella’s, diners are treated to less traditional cuts and meats but still cooking in the same tried and true formula. According to, Fiorella’s is one of the only places in town to find barbecued lamb ribs, hickory-grilled steaks, seared tuna and the restaurant’s signature cheesy corn bake.