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Rosey's BBQ in Jenkintown

Stopped by to meet the new owner of Rosey's BBQ last night. (Old Abners BBQ). Had some of the best Southern BBQ since I was down south. New owner, new chef, great BBQ. Had a BBQ chicken and slaw. The grand opening is not until April 1st, but the cat is out of the bag. Cannot wait to go back and try some pulled pork.


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  1. Did Abners go out of business? move?

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    1. re: kiwijen

      Stopped by Sunday for the Pulled Pork and slaw. OMG. The pork was outrageous and the slaw had a very nice afterburner. Looking forward to trying the BBQ brisket and ribs next week.

      1. re: kiwijen

        Where is Abners? If someone is listening, please bring it back!!!! I will go out of my to find them. I don't think I will try Roseys again. Its just not as good. Very disappointed!

      2. Just had lunch there. It was ver good but, honestly, I thought Abner's was better. It was nearly the same menu as Abner's. They did not have the chili though. Abner's had this outrageoud chili, chunky and full of smoky meat, best I ever had. Note to Rosey's owners - please get a good chili on the menu!!! Meats were good - I had smoked turkey which was nice to see on the menu. They had gorgeous red velvet cupcakes (my weakness!). It was good but looked better than it tasted. Service was great. Overall it was good, I'd definitely go back, but I just can't help comparing it to Abner's!

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        1. re: AmblerGirl

          Thanks for the review. We had stopped going to Abner's, but it is close to us, so maybe we'll give Rosey's a try. We usually head the opposite direction to Sweet Lucy's. They have pretty great chili, like the one you describe, but I can't compare since I never tried Abner's version.

          1. re: AmblerGirl

            FYI, Abner's was NC BBQ, Rosey's is Memphis BBQ. There is a difference. You will never see Chili in Memphis, and brisket is never served with gravy.

            Just came back from lunch there. Had the BBQ Nacho's (with pulled pork) and loaded fries with brisket. The meats were outstanding. We even took home leftovers for an appetizer with dinner.

            Were talking with another couple having lunch and enjoyed it so much they ordered extra take out fo their kids for dinner.

            Looking forward to my next visit in 2 weeks!

            1. re: teddybare

              Never much cared for Abner's. The meat was tender but tasteless. Look forward to trying the new place.

          2. We went to Rosey's the other night and thought it was ok. We both ordered chicken, I got a sandwich Memphis style and he got the 1/2 smoked chicken. The smoked chicken was a little dry. We also got the mac and cheese, which was ok, but not great. We think it was better than Abners, but not as good as Sweet Lucy's. Sweet Lucy's is still our favorite and there the sandwhiches and platters come with the sides, which is a much better deal.
            I want to go back and try the ribs and brisket.

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            1. re: b1979

              I think it was pretty close to Abner's. I do like their cole slaw better. I wish they would offer mashed potatoes. I guess if I'm going to splurge and have brisket, I might as well go all the way with the mased potatoes. Also, why doesn't anyone do beef ribs? They are my absolute favorite.

              1. re: DaisyM

                I understand that they are going to do beef ribs but only on the weekend.

                1. re: teddybare

                  My favorite! Thanks for letting me know.

            2. We stopped by Rosey's last night had had a good meal, not great. I had the ribs, which were tastey but a bit dry. Their sause was good, better then Sweet Lucy's. Lucy's ribs are better but their sause is week. Rosey's ribs wer falling off the bone, but dry.

              My wife had The Crunchy Spicey chicken sandwich which she really liked. Th cole slaw was very good. I enjoyed the meal but will stick to Sweety Lucy's only because it is closer to home.

              1. I have been there twice for lunch, getting the "Memphis", chopped chicken sandwich both times. I think it is wonderful, (better than Abners, which I ate at a dozen times)

                My husband got the crunchy pork, what and out of this world texture combo! Thick, home cooked potato chips on a pulled pork sandwich! So good. I cannot remember if his had slaw on it. i think i will be getting that the next time we go. (oh yes, there will be plenty of next times!)

                We also got the baked beans, which are amazing. I love smokieness and the meat chunks.

                1. I've tried Rosey's twice now, once for takeout and once eat in. Both times were great. Food is consistent, hot sauce is perfect. My 14 year old daughter tried the pulled pork sandwich and loved it. I had the dry rub rib sampler and added hot sauce. We got the mac and cheese, a brisket sandwich for my husband. It was great both times. Cheers to the owner and crew.

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                  1. re: foodie527

                    Looking forward to the open house Monday May 3rd.

                  2. After watching too many BBQ shows, we had to have some brisket. Went to Rosey's today.
                    Very disappointing.
                    I had not been impressed with Abners, Sweet Lucys is good, ribs are usually too dry.. Jimmy's out in Malvern is my favorite, yet they have consistency problems. We all know the choices of places are very limited. Jenkintown is 1 mile from home, So off we go to Rosey's.
                    I wanted to give it a fair shake so I ordered 1/2 rack pork ribs, 1/2 rack beef ribs and 12oz portion of brisket. Tot.$36.

                    Pork ribs were good but very very small and the end sections were dried out. I got to say at Jimmys the ribs are very large and very meaty, some times not cooked long enough but you aren't left hungry.

                    Beef ribs were very poor. I watched the server take them out of the holding oven and all I could see was bones. I should have refused them. They had been trimmed down to just a sliver of meat and the webbing. There was NO meat on the top side of the bones. He cut them apart and I honestly thought there was no meat between the ribs. I said to him "wow doesn't look like very much meat" so he reached down and put another rib in. It didnt help. When I got home I took off the meat and on my bakery scale I had 9oz of meat, 1.2 lbs of bone and 1.3oz of webbing and cartilage. Never again.

                    The brisket portion was sliced off a large section then was chopped up and served in a styrofoam cup. $10.50 for 12oz. Not was I was hoping for, I was hoping for nice succulent slices showing layers of meat, pink smoke ring and fat/bark slices. (Too much TV for me?) yet it was good and I would go back for a sandwich, but thats it.

                    I liked their seasoning and the sauce that came with was good. But I can not rec them.

                    Sweet Lucy's
                    3201 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803

                    1. The (Dry) Spare Ribs are the Best I ever had...won't go back to Baby Backs. The House BBQ Sauce has a Nice kick too...

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