I mentioned in my last post that I was headed out of town. After The B Man's many global travels, of which I will be eternally envious, we decided it was time for a trip to see his family in Kansas. On our way out to his parents in Western Kansas, we stopped in good ol' Kansas City for a few days.
We went to a Royals game, saw the sights (the World War I Museum is top notch, as is Union Station), but mostly we ate. And this lady wanted to chow down on some authentic Kansas City BBQ.
The only trouble was my pesky Celiac Disease. Barbecue, by all means, should be gluten free friendly but with all their secret additives and whatnot it can be a total minefield for a Celiac lady. But after some Googlings (totally a real word), I discovered through Single and Celiac that one of Kansas City's top BBQ joints, Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que, has tons of gluten free options on their menu!
Now until recently, Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que was called Oklahoma Joe's. But being nowhere near Oklahoma, they decided a change in name was in order. I however will be calling it, as the natives do, by it's original name, Oklahoma Joe's.
If you were to drive by Oklahoma Joe's, you would probably think nothing of it. It is, after all, in a gas station.
However, if you pull your car into the lot and walk through the doors, I guarantee you will not be disappointed.You'll probably have to wait in a line, because by 11:00 am (opening time) it's already packed.
This is a terrible picture, but I just wanted to give you a sense of how packed this place was 10 minutes after opening.
But not to worry, that just means more time to smell that sweet saucy smell and get your tum primed and ready for some good eatin'.
Now, if you are gluten free, the following items are NOT safe for you to eat: chicken, gumbo, onion rings, chili, bread (sadly, no gf bread available), and fried items if you are a Celiac. But everything is else is fair game!
Rejoice, the world is your BBQ oyster!
Better yet, these guys know their stuff. When I got to the counter and ordered my pulled pork with no Texas Toast, the kind and jovial man asked "do you have an allergy?". When I told him yes, he changed his gloves, made my plate himself, and yelled on down the line that my plate was to be gluten free!
Bless! I didn't even have to ask, or feel like a jerk for holding up the already long line with my high maintenance immune system!
It doesn't look like it's anything to write home about, but then, when I took my first bite...
I basically had a religious experience. It was so sweet, smokey, tender, juicy, and downright amazing I almost couldn't contain myself. I dumped my coleslaw on top and mixed it all up into a delicious, creamy, mass and inhaled it all in 1.2 seconds.
The B Man got the pulled pork sandwich (obviously not gluten free) and beans.
But damn that looks delicious. Very rarely to I get gluten-envy, but that sandwich made the green-eyed gluten-monster flare up a bit.
I cannot recommend Oklahoma Joe's/Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que highly enough, whether you are a Celiac or not. If you happen to be in the Kansas City area on a visit, do yourself a favor and put this place at the top of your list.
And if you're a local, hop on over (again) and pat yourself on the back for living somewhere with such delicious food and such a big blue sky!
You can find their website here, but keep in mind they have a few locations. The gas station one is in Kansas City, not Olathe. And I have to say, there is something about eating barbecue in a gas station diner that makes me proud to be an American.
If you know of any other gluten free friendly barbecue establishments throughout the world, leave a comment below. I'd love to try them out!