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.

Voted some of the best BBQ in Kansas City, come try our one of a kind menu with items such as Bison Empanadas, Lamb Ribs, and Jalapeño Sausage. 

No more boring sandwich platters at office meetings! Sauce up your party, meeting, or large get-together with RJ’s Bob-Be-Que meats. Our catering menu is specially designed for parties of 25 or more people.

RJ's KC BBQ Shack has earned its place among the Kansas City BBQ greats. Established in 2003, we have earned recognition and respect not only from our Kansas City patrons but also from a regional and national audience with our Award winning rubs and sauces!

Join the RJ's Team and work in a fast paced friendly environment that strives to serve the best BBQ in KC! Family owned and always on the look out for front of the house experienced waitstaff and culinary team!

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RJ's Bob-Be-Que Shack      5835 Lamar Ave. Mission, KS      (913) 262-7300

Bob and Denise