Highest-rated barbecue restaurants in Kansas City

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November 29, 2021
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Highest-rated barbecue restaurants in Kansas City

Cooking meat low and slow over an indirect heat source—the only real qualifications for barbecue—is a truly American tradition, going back to indigenous cultures and picked up by early Spanish colonizers who also gave it the name the cooking style goes by now: barbacoa. Today, barbecue is a wildly popular staple across the U.S., with many cities and regions boasting their own take (and all claiming to have the best). Because barbecue meat spends hours upon hours cooking, restaurants are a go-to source for many Americans who would rather not spend all day and all night tending to their flames. Stacker compiled a list of the highest-rated barbecue restaurants in [metro] on Tripadvisor.

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#24. Jack Stack Barbecue - Overland Park

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (1,992 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 9520 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS 66212-2212
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#23. Smokehouse Barbecue-Gladstone Mo

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (120 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 6304 N Oak Trafficway, Gladstone, MO 64118
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#22. Pork and Pickle

- Rating: 3.5 / 5 (209 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (3.5/5), Value (3.0/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Bar
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: Kanas City International Airport Inside The Checkpoint In The Terminal, Kansas City, MO
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#21. A Little BBQ Joint

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (491 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Barbecue, American
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 1101 W US Highway 24, Independence, MO 64050-2338
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#20. R.J.'s Bob-Be-Que Shack

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (168 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 5835 Lamar Ave, Mission, KS 66202
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#19. Big T's Bar B Q

- Rating: 3.5 / 5 (24 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (3.5/5), Value (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Barbecue, American
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 6201 Blue Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 64129-1906
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#18. Back Porch Bar-B-q

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (26 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 8500 E US Highway 40 Inside Adam's Mark Hotel, 9103 E 39th St, Kansas City, MO 64129-1640
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#17. Big T's Barbecue

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (43 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (3.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (3.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 9409 Blue Ridge Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64138-3847
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#16. Gates Bar-B-Q

- Rating: 3.5 / 5 (159 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (3.5/5), Value (3.5/5), Atmosphere (3.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 1325 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64110
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#15. Hawg Jaw Que & Brew

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (22 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 900 Swift Street, North Kansas City, MO 64116
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#14. Smokehouse BBQ

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (198 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (3.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 104 NE 72nd St Ste J, Kansas City, MO 64118-1830
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#13. Gates Bar-B-Q

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (352 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (3.5/5), Atmosphere (3.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 1221 Brooklyn Ave, Kansas City, MO 64127-1913
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#12. Smokin' Guns BBQ

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (312 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 1218 Swift Ave, Kansas City, MO 64116-4012
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#11. Smokebox BBQ Cafe

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (200 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 10020 N Ambassador Dr, Kansas City, MO 64153-1362
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#10. Danny Edwards BBQ

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (147 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 2900 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108-3615
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#9. Arthur Bryant's BBQ

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (1,795 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (3.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 1727 Brooklyn Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64127
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#8. Smokehouse Barbecue - Kansas City, MO (Zona Rosa)

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (267 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 8451 NW Prairie View Rd, Kansas City, MO 64153
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#7. County Road Ice House

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (93 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Bar
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 100 E 14th St Power & Light, Kansas City, MO 64106-2919
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#6. B B's Lawnside Bar-b-que

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (380 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Bar
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 1205 E 85th St, Kansas City, MO 64131-2556
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#5. Char Bar

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (518 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Bar
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 4050 Pennsylvania Ave #150, Kansas City, MO 64111-3024
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#4. Jack Stack Barbecue

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (1,986 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 4747 Wyandotte St, Kansas City, MO 64112-1612
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#3. Jack Stack Barbecue - Martin City

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (928 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 13441 Holmes Rd, Kansas City, MO 64145-1445
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#2. Jack Stack Barbecue Freight House

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (3,844 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 101 W 22nd St Ste 300 Freight House, Kansas City, MO 64108-1954
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#1. Q39 - Midtown

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (3,254 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Bar
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 1000 W 39th St, Kansas City, MO 64111-3859
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