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Oklahoma Joe's

3002 W. 47th Ave., Kansas City, KS - (913) 722-3366
Posted By Michael Stern on 4/1/2007 12:27:00 PM
If you like Roadfood, you've got to like a barbecue restaurant that is also a gas station and convenience store. That's Oklahoma Joe's, which correspondent Sheri Heath described to us as a necessary stop in Kansas City, Kansas. "The meat's smoked so well you really don't need the sauce," she wrote, also describing "HUGE helpings of fries that are wonderfully seasoned and burn-your-fingers hot no matter what time of day you go."

I loved the Smokie Joe sandwich, which is a combination of beef and pork cosseted in excellent sauce that is slightly sweet with a pepper tingle that made my taste buds want to dance to the blues music that is always playing on the sound system. The pork itself is fantastic – the gal behind the counter insisted I try some NOT bound in sauce. It is sweet, tender, juicy, and radiant with smoke flavor. Other meat choices include turkey, ham, and sausage; and Joe's offers a number of interesting specialty sandwiches such as the Z-Man, which is brisket and provolone cheese topped with onion rings, and hog heaven, which is pulled pork AND sliced sausage. The cole slaw is creamy and, as Sheri said, the French fries are world-class.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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A close view of the jumbo Smokie Joe sandwich, a combination of beef and pork. While the plain pulled pork is great sauceless, in this sandwich meat and sauce are inextricable.
"A close view of the jumbo Smokie Joe sandwich, a combination of beef and pork. While the plain pulled pork is great sauceless, in this sandwich meat and sauce are inextricable."
Michael Stern





French fries are crisp-edged with a rich potato flavor. They are served in abundance.
"French fries are crisp-edged with a rich potato flavor. They are served in abundance."
Michael Stern


Excellent sliced brisket sandwich, topped with smoked provolone and onion rings (!) and served on a roll.
"Excellent sliced brisket sandwich, topped with smoked provolone and onion rings (!) and served on a roll. "
Matt McCabe


Ribs, pulled pork, and fries
"Ribs, pulled pork, and fries"
Rob


As is custom in barbecue places hereabouts, tables are outfitted with rolls of paper towels because a single napkin, or even a few, would not be up to the challenge of such messy eating.
"As is custom in barbecue places hereabouts, tables are outfitted with rolls of paper towels because a single napkin, or even a few, would not be up to the challenge of such messy eating."
Michael Stern


Fuel up, stock up, and eat up at this all-purpose corner store. At the pumps, the smell of hickory wood vastly overpowers gasoline fumes.
"Fuel up, stock up, and eat up at this all-purpose corner store. At the pumps, the smell of hickory wood vastly overpowers gasoline fumes."
Michael Stern



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