The Smithsonian recently named some famous food stops to a list of “20 Most Iconic Food Destinations Across America” and Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ made a mention.
Café Du Monde’s beignets, Katz’s Delicatessen’s pastrami sandwich and Voodoo Doughnut’s Voodoo Doll doughnut all represent iconic food from across the country. In fact, The Smithsonian recently named these famous food stops on a list “20 Most Iconic Food Destinations Across America.” Traveling to these destinations to see what iconic tastes like is fine, but Kansas City has its own iconic destination in the form of Oklahoma Joe’s, listed among the 20.
The Smithsonian made mention of the infamous article that started it all, Anthony Bourdain’s “13 Places to Eat Before You Die,” and the fact that Bourdain once called Oklahoma Joe’s “criminally good.” It’s not a crime to visit Oklahoma Joe’s, which is lucky for visitors, because if the ribs, brisket and burnt ends don’t make you a repeat customer, the fries will.
Based on the team behind Oklahoma Joe’s, it should be that addictive. They practically have a degree in barbeque. Owner Jeff Stehney and his grilling team, called Slaughterhouse Five, won the World Brisket Open. Additionally, their lamb, sausage, pork and others have taken first place at various tournaments.
The original gas station location (3002 W. 47th Ave., Kansas City, Kan.) remains a favorite, but the crowds are steady at the Olathe (11950 S. Strang Line Road, Olathe) and Leawood (11723 Roe Ave., Leawood) locations.
Images courtesy of Oklahoma Joe’s Facebook page.