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The Kansas City BBQ Store was founded in 2006 by Jeff and Joy Stehney, owners of Kansas City’s Oklahoma Joe’s Bar-B-Que restaurants, and founding members of the championship competition barbecue team Slaughterhouse Five.

The Stehneys’ passion for great barbecue is well documented. Their team, Slaughterhouse Five, has won more than twenty Grand Championships at some of the most prestigious barbecue contests in the country, including two at the American Royal BBQ; once at the Invitational, and once at the Open. They’ve also won Reserve Grand Championships at both the Royal Open and Invitational, as well at the Jack Daniel’s World BBQ Championship. In 1993, Slaughterhouse Five was named Team of the Year by the Kansas City Barbeque Society.

 Though their success in competition barbecue is “legendary” — according to the folks at the American Royal, who awarded them its Legends of the American Royal honor in 2010 — Jeff and Joy are best known for their world famous Oklahoma Joe’s restaurants in Kansas City. Founded in 1996, Oklahoma Joe’s has been praised for the extraordinary quality and consistency of its barbecue by food writers and restaurant critics in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Denver Post, and The Kansas City Star newspapers, as well as Vanity Fair, and Men’s Health magazines. The restaurants have been featured in numerous television programs on the Food Network and the Travel Channel, and have been named “Best Barbecue in Kansas City” by Zagat’s every year since 2004.

In 2009, acclaimed chef, writer, and television personality Anthony Bourdain named Oklahoma Joe’s as “One of Thirteen Places to Eat Before You Die.”

The Kansas City BBQ Store is a natural extension and expression of our love of barbecue,” says Jeff. “We want everyone to enjoy cooking great barbecue as much we do. That’s why we’re committed to providing the best and broadest range of barbecue sauces, seasonings, and supplies to backyard beginners all the way up to championship competitors. Our store is managed and staffed by experienced, knowledgeable barbecue cooks who can not only recommend the best products for your specific needs, but they can help you with tips and information that will improve the quality of your cooking. Some of the best barbecue cooks in the world get their supplies from our store. We try to build relationships with our customers. To create something of a community where knowledge and experience can be shared, and friendships formed. Bottom line; barbecue is fun. And we want to help folks enjoy it as much as we do.”

The Kansas City BBQ Store is managed by Dan Hathaway, a championship barbecue cook in his own right. Whether you’re a seasoned competition barbecue pro; an ambitious contest cook eager to take it to the next level; or a backyard barbecuer looking to impress your family and friends; Dan is the man who can help you get there.