RJ's Bob-Be-Que Shack - Mission, Kansas
RJ's Bob-Be-Que Shack in Mission, Kansas looks like an old BBQ dive, but it has only been open since October, 2003. Although the Chef/owner's name is Bob, the restaurant is named for his son Robert, Jr.
RJ's is known for country style cooking, and the side dishes are among my favorite items. I particularly enjoy the cheesy corn bake and they do a good job on the lightly seasoned French fries. I was surprised to find that a side of corn on the cob was a whole ear, not just the 3 or 4 inch section that many restaurants serve.
After several visits, I have sampled pork ribs, burnt ends, chicken wings, sausage, and brisket. The burnt ends are the only one I haven't cared for, but my favorite meat is the meaty chicken wings, which have a lot of flavor from the smoking and need no sauce.
Two house sauces are provided - regular and spicy. Both are sweet with a hint of vinegar, and I don't think there is a big difference between them. But there is Tobasco sauce on the tables and you can make it as hot as you want.
On Saturdays and Sunday's RJ's Bob-Be-Que Shack serves country style breakfasts from 8AM - 1PM. Bloody Mary's are only $2.99 during breakfast.
RJ's Bob-Be-Que Shack was one of the four Kansas City BBQ restaurants being featured on the July 12 episode of the Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.
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