I've been looking for great barbecue in the Trenton area for a while now and didn't realize it was right across the river all along! I went to Winckler's Ribs on Washington St. in Morrisville today, it's no frills takeout only - the ribs there blew me away. I got the rib sandwich which was actually four large pork ribs with two slices white bread added as an afterthought. It came with a side of potato salad and some decent corn bread, but the ribs are the thing - just smoky enough, very tender but with a little bite to them and some fabulous vinegar based sauce. It was $ 7.75 which is a bargain, I couldn't even eat all four ribs. They also have a half rack for $11.50, or a whole for $22.75.
Some other things I can't wait to try on the menu are the Tennesee style dry rub Bar-B-Q chicken, comes with potato salad and cornbread for $5.90. Also on the menu are red beans and rice, Andouille sausage sandwich with carmelized onions and cheese, deep fried catfish, fried oysters, jumbo crab cakes, and crispy sour cream and chives potato wedges served with malt vinegar, Jambalaya, fried oysters, I can't list it all.... I think I need to try the chopped pork sandwich next, which he does North Carolina style on a kaiser.
The owner is a great guy who is a classically trained chef and has worked in the area for years. I only wish he hadn't run out of mac and cheese, my 5 year old lives on it, but we will be back to try it next time. Also didn't see brisket on the menu but I don't care, I will be back for more ribs, they are probably the best I've ever had! The other place I have gone for barbecue was the Grub Hut in Manville, NJ which was very good and had great atmosphere, but a little bit of a hike for me. They had great sides and brisket but Winckler's beats them hands down for ribs. You gotta try it!
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