Over the past few weeks as more and more people have been bookmarking this site I have been getting several requests for a BBQ top ten list that ranks them in order. So here they go, this time in order along with the most over rated/ worst BBQ in town.

1. Gates - There isn't even a close 2nd. Items to order: Short ends, fries, beans.
2. Oklahoma Joes - Best Pork & Fries in town. Items to order: Pulled pork, fries, beans, coleslaw. They also make a pretty decent chili
3. Bryants - Best meat in town - sauce is different Items to order: Burnt ends & Fries. Beans are just ok
4. LC's - Legend
5. Woodyard BBQ - Nothing is bad here and it is CHEAP
6. Jack Stack - Getting a little to fancy for a BBQ place but still the best sausage and beans in town.
7. Quicks BBQ - Legend
8. B.B.'s Lawnside - Great food, terrible location
9. Famous Dave's - It is sad that a National chain beats out many of our local places
10. ADAMS RIB - This is a new joint(2009) off of 87th street. AWESOME food.

On the bubble
Filling station BBQ, Johnny's Hickory house, KC Masterpiece, Wyandotte, Stonewall, Danny Edwards, Smoke stack, Stillwell Station

1. Smokehouse - Terrible sauce that drowns out the flavor of the meat.
2. Big Bubbas - I went back to give these guys a 3rd chance and was completely underwhelmed. If you are in Olathe GO TO Johnny's BBQ, it is your only safe bet besides Oklahoma Joes.
3. Rosedale - The meat there is terrible but they have incredible fries
4. Smokin Joes - Another Olathe crap house but once again they have incredible fries.
5. 135th street BBQ - This might be the worst on the list.
6. Haywards - I have had deli meat that tasted more like BBQ than this place.
7. Brobecks - Getting better but not quite there. Another 6 months and the smokers will be up to the challenge.

The above mentioned 7 places are a complete waste of money when you compare them to the other choices out there.


  1. Woodyard is awesome, and little known. They sell the wood to 90% of the bbq joints in town. The owner is cool, and he is there serving you in the little old house on Merriam Lane.

  2. I buy all my smoking wood from those guys.

  3. I would take Gates off the top. It's hard to get non-burned meat.

  4. That is my one knock against them is that they are inconsistent.But when they do it right it is hard to beat.

  5. Now where does your BBQ rate amongst these guys :)

  6. Good question. I think that my pulled pork and chicken is better than half of these guys but my brisket and ribs still need work.

  7. Check out the burnt ends at Smokin' Guns off of 12th in NKC.

  8. I will thanks for the tip. I haven't been up there yet but have used their rub for years.

  9. What about Arthur Bryant's? I think they're pretty decent. Good portions and the prices aren't too ridiculous.

  10. Oops..nevermind about Bryant's. It was #3 on your list, I must have overlooked it.

  11. I would like to invite you to try brobecks barbecue again. They are recently opened and working out the kinks. The food is really great. I think you should do some research on this place. i also think your comments were very harsh.

  12. There is no chance of me going back to Brobecks for at least a year. I made my comments after eating there 3 times spaced out over 3 months. The food never improved. Their food has no flavor except for smoke.

    This is Kansas City not Denver and the BBQ here is held to a high standard that Brobecks fails to reach. Why go to the 25th best BBQ joint in the city?

  13. I agree to take GATE's off the list. Salt is their main ingredent. Horrible food!
    Steve; Vacaville CA

  14. What do you think of Wabash up in Excelsior Springs?

  15. I have not been there yet. I heard that they had great chicken up there. What do you recommend I order?

  16. Great post. I love bbq too. Do you happen to know of any good spots in St Louis? I am travelling through next month on my way to Chicago then NYC.

  17. Bandanas would be your best bet and thanks for the comment.

  18. Have you ever noticed that the best responses to blog posts are always about food? You could write that you eat children and get nada but don't diss somebody's fav BBQ place!!