The Bottom Line
- Award winning barbeque and their ribs melt off the bone!
- Reasonable Prices.
- Eclectically located in a gas station...
- Eclectically located in a gas station (yes, a pro as well).
- Location: 3001 W. 47th Ave., Mission, KS 66203 (47th and Mission Rd.)
- Hours: Mon-Th 11am-8:30pm, Fri-Sat 11am-9:30pm, closed Sunday
- Phone: 913.722.3366
Guide Review - Oklahoma Joe's
It all stems back to 1991 when owner Jeff Stenney got the BBQ bug and bought his first smoker. After hitting the Kansas City BBQ circuit, Jeffs Slaughter House Five team made their mark as one of KCs best. After winning eight Grand Championships, including the prestigious American Royal BBQ, and the Kansas City Barbeque Societys Grand Champion Team of the Year in 1993, the Stehneys (along with Oklahoma Joes Smoker owner Joe Don Davidson) opened Kansas Citys version of Oklahoma Joes in 1996. They have been getting rave reviews ever since--Zagat National Restaurant Survey gave Oklahoma Joe's an "Excellent" rating for Barbeque in 2000.
As far as award winning barbeque goes, the spice-rubbed ribs fall off the bone and melt in your mouth. A slab (which is perfect for carryout, $16.95) feeds 2-3 people, and are so amazingly tender and juicy, you might not want to share. The house specialty, the Carolina pulled-pork sandwich ($4.30 reg, large $5.20), is arguably one of the best in the city.
The Gas Station Restaurant has gained some national notoriety as of latefamed New York chef Tony Bourdrain featured it on his Cooks Tour on the Food Network and, as he scarfed down every finger licking morsel, said it was the best he had ever had.
Oklahoma Joes is open everyday except Sunday and judging from the packed parking lot, you better hurry up and go wait in line.