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New Jersey Monthly Annual Readers and Critics Choice poll continues to be unreliable

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New Jersey Monthly Annual Readers and Critics Choice poll continues to be unreliable

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chowhounder411 | | Nov 9, 2012 02:23 PM

You've heard complaints about this poll before, so you can stop reading now if you're going to roll your eyes and ask what do I expect. For everyone else...

Case in point, barbecue. Big Ed's won reader's choice for Central Jersey!? WHAT. THE. F. Can Neptune be considered central or too south? Because Local Smoke is excellent and real smoked barbecue, which Uncle Ed's doesn't even attempt to do - and what Ed's does push out of the kitchen is barely edible and possibly unfit for canine consumption. North Jersey reader's selected Texas Smoke. At least they have a smoker but The Wood Pit should have taken this. At least Wood Pit received a critic's choice. So did Dinosaur. The only reason I can think of Dinosaur being a critics choice is because it's new and by the shiny Prudential Center. Their meats have barely a hint of smoke flavor and everything else they serve is Houlihan's quality. I would liked to have seen mentions of either Local Smoke or Jersey Shore BBQ replace Dinosaur. Big Ed's is garbage, Dinosaur is bland and Texas Smoke are barely trying (how about NO smoke flavor, smoke rings or bark on the brisket).

I can go on for a day with the rest of the list. Obviously this is about barbecue because it's listed alphabetically so I was first annoyed here :)

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