Big Deal BBQ
Back Bay Barbecue
The ribs, chicken and brisket are all smoked and seasoned to perfection here, but the sides are just as attention-getting. Enjoy Cowboy Beans cooked on the smoker and succulent, dry-rubbed ribs while looking out over the bay.
135 Longport Somers Point Blvd., Somers Point; 609-788-4853
Fink’s BBQ Smokehouse
It’s always a rollicking good time at Fink’s, where the dishes are as creative as they are classic. Dig into Texas Lollipops before taking on pulled pork and turkey with a side of the joint’s famous Corn Soufflé.
26 W. Madison Ave., Dumont; 201-384-3210
The Grub Hut
Tuck into a rack of Baby Back Ribs along with guacamole and empanadas at this fusion of BBQ-and-Mexican food spot. Expand your palate with the mildly-smoky Sassafras Chicken Dinner, or have the best of both worlds with the Big Time, a platter piled high with barbecue and Mexican favorites.
307 N. Main St., Manville; 908-203-8003
Henri’s Hotts Barbecue
It looks like a classic, no-fuss barbecue joint and the food follows suit: hickory-smoked ribs, delicious Homemade Mac & Cheese, sides like Whipped Yams and Black Eye Peas and a Weekend Buffet that will fill you up for a week.
1003 E. Black Horse Pike, Hammonton; 609-270-7268
Jersey Shore BBQ
The folks at JSBQQ call their straight-out-of Texas barbecue the result of a lengthy “bespoke process,” which is why their meat is so tender. Start with the BBQ Rib Appetizer and the Fried Pickles, then progress to the Chopped Brisket Sandwich and Dry-Rubbed ribs. It’s no wonder JSBQQ has won a platter of awards.
811 Belmar Plaza, Belmar; 732-894-9009
Kimchi Smoke BBQ shack
Help yourself to a little Southern Korean barbecue at this beloved restaurant, where the menu has a sense of humor. From Bad as Texas Brisket to Korean Redneck Tacos, Kimchi does saucy fusion just right!
301 Center Ave., Westwood; 201-497-6333
Local Smoke BBQ
Having sprung from the barbecue contest circuit, Local Smoke’s no stranger to serving up award-winning fare. Go ahead and drag your hush puppies through the sauce here, whether you’re digging into the BBQ Chicken entrée or noshing on the Smoked Chicken Wings.
719 Rt. 35, Neptune City; 732-455-8888
Mighty Quinn’s BBQ
Southern barbecue by way of NYC, Mighty Quinn’s cool modern setting is the perfect counterpoint to its authentic fare. Try the Brontosaurus Rib, Burnt Ends or the Smoked Veggie Burger for yummy BBQ done a little differently.
850 Rt. 3 W., Clifton; 973-777-8340
Red White & Que Smokehouse
This little smokehouse that could was Thrillist’s “Best Barbecue Joint” in New Jersey in 2016. An unassuming eatery where the brisket is smoked for 14 hours and the sides include ham hock-studded collard greens, locally-made sausage and Jalapeno Cheese Cornbread, Red White & Que’s two locations make it easy to get your mitts on some serious Southern BBQ.
266 Davis Ave., Kearny; 201-998-2271
2581 Rt. 22 W., Scotch Plains; 908-228-2808
The Wood Pit Barbecue
The smokemasters here use a 100-year-old sauce recipe on their North Carolina ‘que. Pair sides like Mac & Cheese and BBQ Beans with pulled or chopped pork and the Pit’s signature hot sauce.
108 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair; 973-954-4679
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