The Kansas City BBQ Store was founded in 2006 by Jeff and Joy Stehney, owners of Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que restaurants (formerly Oklahoma Joe’s), and founding members of the championship competition BBQteam Slaughterhouse Five.
The Stehneys’ passion for great barbecue is well documented. Their team, Slaughterhouse Five, has won more than thirty Grand and Reserve Grand Championships at some of the most prestigious BBQ 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. In 2017, Jeff Stehney was inducted into the Barbecue Hall of Fame.
Though their success in competition BBQ 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 famous BBQ restaurants in Kansas City. Founded in 1996, Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que has been praised for the extraordinary quality and consistency of its BBQ by food writers and restaurant critics from around the country and the world. 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.
"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 BBQ as much we do. That’s why we’re committed to providing the best and broadest range of BBQ sauces, seasonings, and supplies to backyard beginners all the way up to championship competitors.
As part of its commitment to the sport of BBQ, The Kansas City BBQ Store sponsors a full roster of competition BBQ teams.
Our store is staffed by experienced, knowledgeable BBQ 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 BBQ cooks in the world get their supplies from our store. We try to build relationships with our customers, and to create something of a community where knowledge and experience can be shared, and friendships formed. Bottom line; BBQ is fun. And we want to help folks enjoy it as much as we do.”