During a recent road trip to Kansas, I was slowed by an ice storm on my way back. While passing through Kansas City, I decided to get fuel for both the car and myself before getting back on the treacherous roads. Since it was Kansas City, the choice was clear. It’s time to try a new BBQ restaurant. This time, I tried RJ’s Bob-B-Que.
When you pull up to RJ’s, you will find that it is a shack on a side street. Once you are inside, it’s a small shack. The walls are decorated with lots of ribbons and awards from competitions and there are oldies playing in the background. They have so much love for John Wayne that an entire wall is dedicated exclusively to the face of “The Duke!”
Enough about the decor, I was there to check out their “Bob-B-que”. Their menu will set them apart from most barbecue joints, with interesting features such as lamb ribs and pig tails. As you all know by now, I’m a very adventurous eater, so I was excited. I ordered the pig tails, brisket soup, and lamb ribs.
I must admit that any place serving pig tails is going to struggle to impress me after what I’m used to from the Libertine. They are battered and fried, which reminded me of calamari. Definitely use the Sriracha that they put on the edge of the bowl to give them some kick. I prefer them to have a crisper outside; these were much chewier.
One of their highly acclaimed dishes is the lamb ribs. I am a huge pork fan so it was a stretch for me to try this rather than going with what I love. There is a pretty clear difference between pork and lamb ribs. These were very tender and yes, “fall off the bone,” but they were also very fatty. For some reason I couldn’t stop eating the cheesy corn bake. It is nothing fancy, but it reminds me of something someone would bring to a family gathering.
RJ’s is not your typical Kansas City barbecue place. They feature some unique menu items like pig tails, lamb ribs, bison, and many other palatable offerings. It would not be a place to which I would make a special trip. There is just too much other barbecue to sample and some old favorites that are too hard to pass up.
Dive 2 Five Scale: It’s a shack so it’s definitely a 2. You are getting barbecue in a dive, but the service is quick and friendly. There are plenty of TV’s showing sports, plus it is family friendly. I think I could do without the golden oldies. 🙂