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New pit BBQ on Rte. 309

Guy Hagner | Jun 24, 2002 05:38 PM

As a long-time lurker on this board, I'm happy to be able to contribute. The good news is that there is a real Texan making real BBQ in NE PA, on Route 309 about 6-8 miles south of Tamaqua.

Driving home from Allentown today on 309, I saw a hand-lettered sign reading "Pit BBQ 1/4 mile". Having just eaten lunch (from my favorite fish-fry joint in A-town) I wasn't too tempted until I saw the huge, billowing clouds of smoke. The operation is run out of a standard-issue lunch wagon parked on the side of the road next to a produce stand. The smoker kind of hangs off of one corner of the wagon.

At 3:00pm today they were just about sold out, but had some chicken and ribs available. There's no picnic tables or anything, strictly take-out.

Chatting with the proprietors a bit, I learned they've only been open 3 weeks. He said it's been in his head for years, and finally came to fruition after a career in welding/fabrication. He's from Texas, his family was in the restaurant business for over 30 years, and BBQ is in his blood. He said the only advertising so far is word-of-mouth, but that business is good and they completely sell out every day.

The process appears to be hot smoking over hickory. The homemade sauce is better than average (tomato-y, a bit sweet, a bit hot), but the real star is the ribs. Tender, smoky & meaty they are just right. Price is $7 per lb., they gave me a 2-1/2 lb. rack for $14.

The chicken (available in leg quarters for $2 or half chickens for $3) was good--the leg and thigh outstanding, the breast meat however was dry. Next time I'll get the leg quarters instead of the half chickens. Overall, though, I got a great amount of food for my $20.

Please consider this a ringing endorsement, I hope they do well and I'd sure like to hear other opinions.

---Guy

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