1. Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que in Kansas City, KS
Consistently ranked among the nation’s top BBQ joints, this smokehouse epitomizes the Kansas City style: slow-smoked meats slathered in a thick, sweet, tomato-and-molasses-based sauce. Kansas City—on both its Kansas and Missouri sides—is chockablock with excellent BBQ spots, but Joe’s is a (two-) statewide favorite. Don’t miss the iconic pulled pork and beef brisket, or, if you can’t decide between the two, go for the Smoky Joe, which combines both on a soft oversized bun.