I spent the last several days trying barbecue from a bunch of places around NJ (week off activity) and here are some comments. For most of them, it was the only time I've been, so take them with a grain of salt. I'd be interested to hear other experiences or suggestions.
Best ribs I've had in NJ. Perfect texture - pull apart tender but still moist - and killer sauce. Tangy and assertive, not just sweet KC style. The cajun style dry were good too, but I think a little goes a long way with them. I'll be going back for a follow up.
Good flavor in the ribs but a little too chewy for me. Good pulled pork and brisket.
Lake Side Deli (Rt 31):
They were out of ribs, but the brisket (sauced and combined with onions) was a pleasant surprise.
Grub Hut/Baja B Que:
Always at least decent, but the texture is sometimes good and sometimes chewy. Sauces are ok but don't jump out at you, same as most other places.
Pretty solid. Two types of beef ribs, which is pretty rare. Didn't like the slaw.
Memphis Pig Out:
Better than I expected, considering some of the reviews. Comparable to the other places but in a slightly different style.
Excellent across the board. Best pulled pork (carolina sauce). Great brisket.
Great brisket flavor but very chewy. I didn't mind. Everything else was very good.
I must have been on a bad day. The pulled pork was too dry to eat.
The food is ok, but the overall experience is too Bennigan's for me. At least they have multiple sauce choices.
Too much sauce, meat too soft. Not bad if you know what you're getting, but probably shouldn't be on a barbecue list.
I liked the ribs and sides, I wish they had more choices.
Memphis Pig Out
67 1st Ave, Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716
3009 Route 88, Point Pleasant Boro, NJ 08742