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OUR STORY: RJ's Bob-Be-Que Shack

About Bob: KC BBQ Pitmaster

Robert "Bob" Palmgren is a Kansas City native who got his start in food service while working at his family's grocery store off Armour & Troost. After his years at the store, Bob discovered his passion and began his lifelong career in professional, fine-dining cuisine. He has since moved around the country serving as chef, executive chef, restaurant consultant, and contractor at many restaurants and public and private events across the culinary spectrum.



Bob and Denise

After over 25 years in the fine-dining and food retail arena, Bob finally pursued what had, up to that point, been only a hobby: BBQ.


RJ's Bob-Be-Que Shack was born. Named after Bob's son, RJ (Robert, Junior), the restaurant is Bob's grand opus.


With more than 30 years of toying around at BBQ contests, Bob and his wife Denise realized his dream of owning and operating his very own restaurant.

It has enjoyed countless reviews and nods in Kansas City news and lifestyle publications and has hosted numerous national and international BBQ travelers among its devoted local following. RJ's continues to strive to serve their customers the very best BBQ Kansas City has to offer.




Bob and Denise have experienced over fifteen incredible years together. RJ's BBQ has been featured on Kansas City's Check Please! and Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives.

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