Best Barbecue in Kansas City (Part III)


Char Bar
A short drive from Q39, you’ll discover Char Bar. This joint has a huge outdoor space with patios, fire-pits, games for kids, and a very dog-friendly lawn. Having a drink here with a plate full of barbecue while the sun going down is hard to beat. There’s also a beer garden and plenty of choices for anyone with food allergies.

Slap’s BBQ

You have a ticking clock on Slaps. Every day, Slap’s BBQ opens in the a.m. and goes on to sell its award-winning food until it sells out. And it sells out each day. So, if you even think about coming after 3 pm, don’t waste your time. Everything they do is amazing, and they’re the only barbecue joint on this list that also merits a recommendation for their Taco Tuesdays too.

Yes, Slap’s can’t do any wrong, and the competitive nature of trying to beat the rest of KC in barbecue is a fabulous reason to make this place your second home, even if you’re not really in the mood.

Hawg Jaw Que & Brew
Burnt ends are tasty, but the true range of meat choices is the pull of Hawg Jaw Que & Brew. The French dip, briskets, the wings, and the loaded fries…they’ve got all you need for dipping into their signature sauces. If you love beer, they also have more than 20 craft beers to pick from.

Whoever came up with these BBQ nachos is a genius.

Plowboys Barbecue

The barbecue nachos are brilliant and simple. Homemade queso, chips, and jalapeños with your pick of meat, covered with barbecue sauce.

Scott’s Kitchen

While the menu has the customary brisket, pork, ribs, etc., they also use these same meats in bowls, burritos, and tacos. Put in rice, black beans, romaine, cheese, and salsa. At breakfast, they offer tacos and bowls with eggs and potatoes.

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