Seemed about time that a new thread got started to disassociate JSBBQ from BOOM. Went there for dinner for the first time tonight. Was not very busy for a Saturday night, but it was only about 6pm, and besides, it's only been open a couple weeks. There were 5 or 6 tables occupied and a couple take out orders were picked up while I was there. It is pretty much the same decor as BOOM with a few more of the tall tables (the cow skull is still over the kitchen door) :-)
Menu is here: http://www.exit109.com/~mstevens/1pag...
Shortly after ordering, a basket of house made chips and salsa were brought to the table. I ordered the Belmar Duo, which is a combo of any 2 meats and any 2 sides. I ordered the beef brisket & babyback ribs with cole slaw and onion rings. They were out of onion rings (the horror! 6pm on a Saturday night? What's with that?). I then ordered the Seasonal Veggie which turned out to be sort of a baked shredded potato and cheese dish that was really quite good. The cornbread served with the meal was done up like hush puppies and were also tasty.
Ahhh, but the meat (That is the point, right?). You can tell the crew was familiar with competition BBQ and it shows (and tastes). The brisket was tender, neither too fatty or too lean, and the ribs avoided the "falling off the bone" nonsense that many seem to judge BBQ ribs by ("falling off the bone" = "overcooked"). They were tender, moist and tasty. There are glass containers of BBQ sauce on the table that seemed to have a hint of Worcestershire sauce in it. The containers were the type often used to dispense olive oil, and was a bit balky at first, but patience was rewarded. Of course I had my personal bottle of Chipotle Sauce with me... :-)
All in all, the food was very good and the staff was knowledgeable and friendly. For as many "BBQ" places open in the area, I'd have to say this one actually "Gets It."
Jersey Shore BBQ
811 Belmar Plaza, Belmar, NJ 07719
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