The roots of barbecue in Kansas City run deep. From its street vendor beginnings to over 100 barbecue restaurants today, there is no doubt Kansas City offers the best barbecue in the world!
Join KC Barbecue Tours on our bus-guided food tours as we travel through the city sampling barbecue from well-known barbecue establishments and “hidden gem” barbecue joints.
On our food tours we will visit different barbecue restaurants in the Kansas City area. From brisket to burnt ends, every guest will enjoy a portion of each restaurants best smoked meats & side dishes.
Join us on this 3 ½ -4 hour tour as we travel to 4 barbecue restaurants in the Kansas City area, where every guest will be served a portion of each restaurant’s best smoked meats and side dishes. Guests of this tour will also travel through some of Kansas City’s historic neighborhoods and get a behind the scenes look at how barbecue is prepped, smoked & served
On our 3-3½ hour food tour we will visit 3 different barbecue restaurants. From top ranked ribs & sausage to top selling burnt ends, every guest will go on a taste adventure as they enjoy a portion of each restaurants best smoked meats and side dishes. We know BBQ and beer are perfect together so each guest will be provided 1 beverage at every restaurant.
Each guest is welcome to bring a small cooler filled with water, soft drinks or beer to sip on as they ride through the city. Along the way, our knowledgeable tour guides will point out some of Kansas City's interesting landmarks
"The tour was really great. We go to see several of the local BBQ places that have contributed to the history of KC BBQ. The locations were places I hadn't been to so they were really fun to go to. The guide provide a lot of information that I didn't know and I grew up here. Very highly recommended"
"I would first like to thank KC BBQ Tours for a great time! The tour guide, without a doubt, made the afternoon. We learned more than just "this is bbq." We were told of the history of Kansas City, how bbq evolved in KC, the Jazz district, etc. I wouldn't dare call the "samples" samples but mini meals. We practically had four $6 plates of the best BBQ this side of the Milky Way!"
"This is a real gem for local folks as well as anyone visiting from out of town. Our wives booked this tour for myself and 3 other friends for Father's Day and it was great. Had a great variety of bbq food as well as a great lesson in KC and BBQ history."
"If you want to learn about & taste some great BBQ then this is the tour for you. The tour guides were very friendly & very knowledgeable. I loved not only learning about the history of BBQ but also learning about some of the history around Kansas City. Make sure you DO NOT eat before going on this tour, you will be more than full when you leave. I wish that more cities offered tours like this. It is definitely worth the money and was a great experience. If I ever visit Kansas City again I would definitely go on this tour again"
"The food was great, the tourist info was fun, and we found a new favorite BBQ place here in KC. This is a great outing even for locals who have tasted several of KC's best BBQs. An added bonus, we didn't have to wait in line at each restaurant, but were served within 5-7 minutes of arrival. We walked away full and satisfied"
"This was our first time visiting Kansas City and wanted to experience true Kansas City BBQ. This tour did that and so much more. I would recommend it to anyone who loves BBQ, it is well worth the money. Great variety of food, fun-knowledgeable guides, and fun tour that wasn't just all about BBQ. "
Yes. Tours often fill up quickly, so it would be in your best interest to purchase tickets in advance via the book now button above. We accept all major credit cards.
Each restaurant will provide a generous sample of their best barbecue meat and side dish. Most guests will leave satisfied or full.
Water will be provided at each restaurant for all tours. Guests of our 'Cue & Brew Tour only will be provided 1 beverage at each restaurant and are welcome to bring a small cooler with beverages of their choosing.
If you have dietary restrictions, we ask that you please notify us when purchasing your tickets. We want everyone to be able to enjoy this tour and are willing to work with each customer. Please understand though that this tour does involve the option to sample meat and various side dishes. We are not in control of how food is prepared and cooked at each restaurant, but are willing to help find options for any guest with dietary restrictions.
Please keep in mind that our barbecue tour is geared for people who love BBQ dishes and most of our tastings will contain a meat ingredient. We will try our best to accommodate with alternative non-meat side dishes, however, there will be limited vegetarian/vegan options to choose from and we will need to know ahead of time.
If you suffer from a food allergy, please notify us when purchasing your tickets. We want to be able to accommodate every guest; however, how restaurants prep and cook their food is out of our control. We are willing to help find options for any guest with a food allergy.
Many of our tours will sell out weeks in advance. If a tour is sold out, you are welcome to contact us to show your interest in the sold out date. However, we do not provide a wait list and we do not typically have cancellations.
While we are partnered with various restaurants, The Original Tour will stop at 4 restaurants and The ‘Cue & Brew Tour will stop at 3 restaurants.
We recommend bringing your appetite, a camera to catch a few memories and extra money should you wish to purchase any merchandise.
No. Our tour guides and drivers work to the bones so you can enjoy the meat on the bones. You are welcome to feed and water them, however, we know they prefer cash tips.
Definitely, you'll be able to learn more about the local establishments, food you're eating, meet tourist and locals, and eat delicious food!
Yes, the bus will drop you back off at the meeting location. The meeting location for your tour will be provided on your tour confirmation.
Yes, there is a parking lot located at our meeting location. Exact meeting location and parking details will be provided immediately upon purchase of your tickets.
Unfortunately, we are currently not wheelchair accessible. However, we are more than happy to assist any person aboard the bus.
Each listed public tour can accommodate a maximum of 20 guests. Please contact us if you are interested in a tour for a group size higher than 20.
We love pets, unfortunately, due to the various food establishments we visit, pets of any kind are not allowed on this tour.
Of course! KC Barbecue Tours is family owned and definitely family friendly. If a child is age 4 or younger and will be sitting on your lap during the entire tour, you do not need to purchase a ticket for them. Storage for strollers will be available on the bus. If the child will be requiring a seat, however, you will need to purchase a full price ticket.
Of course! Gift certificates make the perfect gift for any occasion and can be purchased via our website.