Over the years I have sampled BBQ in Memphis, St. Louis, Austin, Kansas City, and more. I have been to Arthur Bryant’s, Gates, Salt Lick, Pappy’s, and Charles Vergos’ Rendezous (not that I’m bragging 🙂 ). I won’t claim to be a BBQ expert. It’s more like a BBQ addiction. Last weekend I made a trip to yet another world-famous BBQ joint, Oklahoma Joe’s.
Since it was my first time trying Oklahoma Joe’s, I went to the place where it all started. This meant going to a gas station and standing in line for an hour. I was torn between trying the Z-man and the ribs. I decided on the ribs and one meat dinner. That way I was able to try the ribs and the pulled pork.
The ribs were VERY good. They would hold to the bone when you picked them up but the bone easily came clean. The pulled pork was tender and I liked that I could choose how much sauce to add. It allowed me to sample both the regular and spicy. Both were excellent. The only thing I was not a big fan of was the beans. They were almost more of a chili than baked beans.
Anthony Bourdain once listed Oklahoma Joe’s as one of the 13 places to eat before you die. If I only get to choose 13, that’s probably a stretch. However, I will say that this is my favorite BBQ in KC and it was worth the hour wait for the experience.
Dive 2 Five Scale: 2. If you are eating in a gas station, you might be at a place that is somewhat of a dive. I like that aspect; it adds to the uniqueness. You are served cafeteria style in an upbeat and loud atmosphere. Your clothes will smell like BBQ when you leave. It’s the perfect cologne / perfume if your significant other is a carnivore!