The Original Kansas City Barbecue Tour

KC Barbecue Tours

Zerve Seller: KCBBQTours
Activity #3770
  • You bring the brew & we'll bring the 'cue on this one-of-a-kind tour. Go behind the scenes of some of the world's best BBQ restaurants.

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The roots of barbecue in Kansas City run deep. From it's 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 this guided bus tour as we travel through the city sampling barbecue from well known barbecue establishments and "hidden gem" barbecue joints. 
On our 4-hour food tour we will visit 4 different barbecue restaurants. From brisket to burnt ends, every guest will enjoy a portion of each restaurants best smoked meats and side dishes.
Not only will every guest have the opportunity to taste some of the world's best barbecue, but they will also be given a behind-the-scenes look at how barbecue is prepped, smoked and served. 
What's Included in the price?
  • All tastings - Each restauarant will offer a meat and side dish to every guest.
  • Transportation - We will provide transportation from restaurant to restaurant.
  • Gratuities - We will be responsible for all restaurant gratuities.
Tours fill up fast! Don't delay, register today and bring your carnivorous appetite for the entire way.

What Is Not Included?

  • Beverages other than water - you are welcome to purchase anything you prefer to drink other than water.
  • Tour guide tips - we work to the bones so you can enjoy the meat on the bones. A little tip is always nice.
  • Merchandise

Meeting Location

E. 18th & Brooklyn Ave (Kansas City, MO) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
249 Reviews Rating: 4.8 4.8 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
Yum! Yum! Yum!
Sat, Nov 21  11:15 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
Great time. Great food! Learned something too. Would go again..... but ooooooh sooooooo full by the end of the tour. :))
Rating: 5
Very knowledgeable and friendly staff!
Sat, Nov 14  11:15 AM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Enjoyed all phases of the tour - great food, good pace, good information, friendly and enthusiastic employees, A fun way to spend the afternoon!
Rating: 5
A great tour!
Sat, Nov 14  11:15 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
We really enjoyed the tour, the variety of BBQ venues, tour guide and bus driver. It was nice to be provided with the background of BBQ in Kansas City. A great tour and we will be recommending it to our friends and have already have been doing that!
Rating: 5
Fun, interesting local activity
Fri, Nov 6  11:15 AM Unspecified Unspecified Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Driver and guide very fun and informative. We were so stuffed at the end! Great experience!
Rating: 5
Outstanding tour
Fri, Nov 6  11:15 AM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The wife and I had a great time on the tour. Way too much food for the average person. My suggestion is to pace yourself! The young lady and the coach driver were very knowledgeable and extremely kind.
Rating: 5
Fun event everyone should try at least once!
Sat, Oct 17  11:15 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Great day, lot of fun, terrific information on local history. Enjoyed the tour of the city as much as the BBQ.
Rating: 4
Lots of Great BBQ!
Sat, Oct 17  11:15 AM Female 50-59 Combination Family With Children
The tour was enjoyed by everyone in our family; however, possibly one less stop would have been sufficient. By the time we got to the last stop we were pretty full and couldn't enjoy it like we did the others. It was nice to have a break in the middle and get a short tour of the city and visit the spice and bottling outlet. Also, we were hoping to have more of an insider look at how each establishment prepares their own style BBQ and where they get their meats, how much they go through weekly, etc. Facts are always interesting. All in all, the tour was nice and would recommend to others visiting Kansas City or the locals.
Rating: 5
Had a great time!
Sat, Oct 17  11:15 AM Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
We had six adults and one 9 year old, and had a great time. We booked late and the tour added three seats so everyone could go at the same time. Food was good at all the locations, and it was good trying the different types of BBQ. Would recommend to anyone, both local, or out of town.
Rating: 5
Fun, enjoyable tour
Fri, Oct 16  11:15 AM Male 70+ Local Group of Friends
This was a very enjoyable tour. We had a lot of fun. The tour guide and bus driver did a wonderful job.
Rating: 5
A wonderful way to spend a beautiful day!
Fri, Oct 16  11:15 AM Female 70+ Local Group of Friends
The tour was very professional and entertaining, not to mention the great food. We really enjoyed ourselves and saw some things we didn't know our city had to offer, even being locals. Our guide and driver were personable and knowledgeable.
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Do tickets have to be purchased in advance?
Yes. Tours often fill up quickly, so it would be in your best interest to purchase tickets in advance to guarantee your desired tour date. You can buy tickets through Zerve with a Visa, MasterCard or American Express.
What if it rains?
You're in luck! Our tours will run rain or shine. We'll be indoors, on the bus or in restaurant tasting locations, during most of the tour, so rain should not be an issue. However, if rain is expected in the forecast, please bring an umbrella.
Is this tour family friendly? Can I bring my child?
Of course! KC Barbecue Tours is family owned and definitely family friendly. Please keep in mind, all tour attendees must have a full-priced ticket, regardless of age, because they will be taking up a seat on the bus.
Can I bring an infant on the tour?
If a child is age 3 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 they will be requiring a seat, however, you will need to purchase a full price ticket.
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 full.
If a tour is sold out, can I get on a waiting list?
We do not provide a waiting list. If a tour is sold out, please check our calendar for availability of other dates
How many barbecue restaurants will we visit?
While we are partnered with various restaurants, each tour will visit 4 barbecue restaurants.
Will I know in advance which restaurants we will be visiting?
While the barbecue restaurants we’ll be visiting is determined in advance, what would be the fun in knowing all the barbecue secrets ahead of time. We will be visiting 4 restaurants that range from well-known establishments to hidden gems. Please note that restaurants are subject to change from time to time.
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 side dishes, however, there will be limited vegetarian/vegan options to choose from and we will need to know ahead of time. If you would still like to purchase a ticket, please email us by clicking on "Contact KCBBQTours" to the left of the page with details about your restrictions and the date you were interested in attending the tour.
What if I have dietary restrictions or food allergies?
If you have dietary restrictions or a food allergy, 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.
Are drinks provided?
Water will be provided at each restaurant. You are free to purchase other beverages at any restaurant, if you prefer.
What do I need to bring?
We recommend bringing your appetite and a camera to catch a few memories! You are also more than welcome to bring your own bottle of water for the ride and extra money should you wish to purchase a beverage (other than water) or any merchandise.
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, the food you are eating, meet tourists and locals and eat delicious food!
How long is the tour?
The tour will be approximately 3.5-4 hours depending on the size of the group.
Are bathrooms available during the tour?
Yes, bathrooms are available during the tour at select food-tasting locations.
How big is a tour group?
Each tour can accommodate a maximum of 16 guests.
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.
Does the tour begin and end at the same location?
Yes, the bus will drop you back off at the meeting location.
What should I wear?
Please wear weather appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes for getting on and off the bus.
Is there parking available near the meeting location?
Yes, there is a parking lot located next to our meeting location. Exact meeting location and parking details will be provided immediately upon purchase of your tickets.
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.
Are gift certificates available for purchase?
Yes, gift certificates are available and they make a perfect gift for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! To purchase a gift certificate for this tour, please click on the "Gift Certificates: Purchase" link in the box above.
Do you offer private tours?
Of course! To discuss private tour details, click "Contact KCBBQTours" to the left of the page to send Kansas City Barbecue Tours an email. Please include the date preferred and number of people your party. A member of our staff will respond with payment information and further instructions.


Refund/Rescheduling Policy

Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled.
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event. In the rare situation where the seller is forced to cancel the event prior to departure, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule tickets (subject to availability), receive credit for a future event, or receive a full refund.

Weather Policy

Activity may be cancelled due to severe weather.
The activity usually runs in light rain and other moderate weather conditions, but the seller may cancel the activity up to an hour before the start time in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions. If the seller cancels the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule tickets (subject to availability), receive credit for a future event, or receive a full refund.

Other Policies

Tour Waiver
I have read and agree to KC Barbecue Tours tour waiver located on the KC Barbecue Tours webpage.
Beverage and Alcohol Policy
I understand that KC Barbecue Tours does not provide any beverages other than water. If a tour attendee chooses to purchase and/or consume alcohol, KC Barbecue Tours is not responsible for any of the following before, during or after the tour takes place; over-consumption of alcoholic beverages, tour attendee's decision to drive under the influence of alcohol, medical emergency related to alcohol consumption, damage to tour attendee's property. KC Barbecue Tours urges all tour attendees to consume alcoholic beverages in a responsible manner.

KC Barbecue Tours

KC Barbecue Tours is the only company to offer Kansas City locals and visitors the opportunity to sample the world’s best barbecue.  With over 100 barbecue joints in the Kansas City area, the choice of whose savory meats to eat can be overwhelming.  KC Barbecue Tours can help ease your barbecue tasting anxieties by offering an insider’s guide to the city’s top barbecue restaurants. Our tours will make your taste buds dance as we take you into a variety of Kansas City’s big name barbecue establishments and hidden barbecue gems. You will also get to travel through some of Kansas City’s most historic neighborhoods.

KC Barbecue Tours simply began with married couple, Karl and Bethanie Schemel’s, years of love for Kansas City barbecue. Born and raised in Chicago, where he worked on his father's boat guided tour business, Karl moved to Kansas City in 1998 to attend college. That was when his taste for barbecue began. Raised in Wichita, KS and with family ties to Kansas City,  Bethanie has been enjoying Kansas City barbecue since she was very young. 
After years of sampling the various Kansas City barbecue options the couple realized that their pasts could unite to provide a bus guided food tour of the best barbecue in the world. Karl and Bethanie’s hope is that each guest will leave the tour with the same love and appreciation for Kansas City barbecue that they have.
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