Calling all Carnivores

Join our bus-guided food tours as we travel through KC sampling barbecue from world famous restaurants & hidden gem joints.

About our Tours

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 any of our bus-guided bbq food tours as we travel through the city sampling barbecue from well-known barbecue establishments and “hidden gem” barbecue joints.

From brisket to burnt ends, every guest will enjoy a portion of each restaurants best smoked meats & side dishes.

Available Tours

No need to get dressy, sometimes we get a little messy!

Reserve a tour for you and your crew! Check out the food tours we offer below or view our tour calendar. Reserve online and receive a instant email  tour confirmation with all the tour details.

The Original Tour

Join us on this 3 ½ -4 hour tour as we travel to 4 barbecue restaurants in the Kansas City area.  Every guest will be served a portion of each restaurant’s best smoked meats and side dishes. Guests of this tour will travel to some of Kansas City's well-known bbq establishments, "hidden-gem" bbq joints and through some of Kansas City’s historic neighborhoods 

The 'Cue & Brew Tour

Join us on this 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 beer or soft drink at every restaurant.

Private Tours

Interested in a private tour? Drop us a line!

Just you and your crew getting some world famous Kansas City BBQ together! Private tours are available for groups of 10 or more.


Email is typically best but you can call us, maybe

(816) 572-6103

The Word on the Street!

Great tour! Highly recommended.

"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"

Good Enough to go again? YES

"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!"

Fantastic Tour!

"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."

You don't want to miss this!

"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"

Fantastic Date

"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"

Great food, great guide, great fun

"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. "


FAQ's

Do tickets have to be purchasedin advance?

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.

How much food is provided on the tour?

Each restaurant will provide a generous sample of their best barbecue meat and side dish. Most guests will leave satisfied or full.

Are drinks provided?

 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.

What if I have dietary restrictions?

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.

What if I'm a vegetarian/vegan?

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. 

What if I have a food allergy?

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.

If a tour is sold out, can I get on a waiting list?

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. 

How many barbecue restaurants will we visit?

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. 

What do I need to bring?

We recommend bringing your appetite, a camera to catch a few memories and extra money should you wish to purchase any merchandise.

Are tour guide and driver tips included in the price?

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.

I'm from Kansas City, does this tour have anything to offer me?

Definitely, you'll be able to learn more about the local establishments, food you're eating, meet tourist and locals, and eat delicious food!

Does the tour begin and end at the same location?

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.

Is there parking available near the meeting location?

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.

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?

Unfortunately, we are currently not wheelchair accessible. However, we are more than happy to assist any person aboard the bus.

How big is a tour group?

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.

Are pets allowed on the tour?

We love pets, unfortunately, due to the various food establishments we visit, pets of any kind are not allowed on this tour.

Is this tour family friendly? Can I bring my child?

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.

Are gift certificates available for purchase?

Of course! Gift certificates make the perfect gift for any occasion and can be purchased via our website.