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May 22, 2010 12:55 PM

BOOM is now Jersey Shore BBQ

Just got an email from the BOOM mailing list. The website referenced in their email ( points to a page for someone who does catering and pig roasts, etc., so I assume they've been in the BBQ business for a while. Incredibly ironic as I just returned from a ride up from Brick where we had thoughts of picking up takeout from Hickory Hog or Jamesons but couldn't find anything that really piqued our fancy. I hope they do well!

"Hello Boom Customers,

We are excited to announce that Boom is closed and in it's place Jersey Shore BBQ is officially open and serving the finest in Texas Style BBQ from New Jersey's largest BBQ Pit at the same convenient 811 Belmar Plaza location (between 8th and 10th). JSBBQ is bringing years of catering experience to make a fun delicious experience to restaurant goers.

Our menu features homemade brisket, ribs, pulled pork and chicken dishes accompanied with homemade sides such as ranch beans, cole slaw and fresh cut fries. If fresh made pickles, sweet tea and key lime pie sound good to you, come down and try us out. "

Hickory Hog
3009 Route 88, Point Pleasant Boro, NJ 08742

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  1. Just got the same email.

    I wondered what the pig on the door was when I was there last week... big shoes to fill.

    Guess I know what I'm going to have to do sometime this week... Hmmmm... could burgers sourced from Pat Lafrieda be on the menu? THAT would be good...

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      1. Yeah, I got the email too, with a hard to read, badly scanned PDF menu. Will have to do I guess as for some unfathomable reason there is no menu on the website...

        1. This is an interesting development... it's not clear (at least to me) if JSBBQ will be under the same ownership or not, or a partnership --- any ideas?
          We'd be lucky to have a quality Q place in the area, I am crossing my fingers....

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          1. re: aklein

            Not sure what the story is. The blurb on the website is attributed to Dana and Douglas, whereas BOOM was run by Joe. Furthermore the JSBBQ website states:

            "Thank you to all our loyal and exceptional, new and returning customers. JSBBQ had a tremendous year and appreciate the return business of all our customers and the appreciate the new friends we have made along the way.."


            Best I can tell is they were (are?) a local BBQ Competition and catering outfit that has now opened up the retail outlet in Belmar...

            1. re: equal_Mark

              i just took at look at the JSBBQ site... I think I ran into these guys at a festival (Red Bank Jazz Blues?) and was pretty impressed, which gives me hope, though I know serving it up at a food fest or catered event is vastly different than a restaurant... still, here's hoping

          2. Every Chowhounder knows to give a new restaurant a breaking-in period. However, I so much wanted some good BBQ that I had to give JSBBQ a try even though it's only their second day open. We took a drive this afternoon to pickup some takeout.

            The good news: their pulled pork, pulled chicken, and beef brisket were absolutely delicious. Being a born-and-raised Jersey boy I'm not gonna pretend I know what "authentic" BBQ tastes like but I really enjoyed JSBBQ's meats. Very tender, juicy and very tasty. The brisket had a little sauce on the edges, the pork and chicken had no sauce at all. Even without the sauce the meats were very flavorful.

            The not-so-good news: they forgot the items mentioned on their menu that are supposed to come with every "plate." Namely, the corn bread, homemade pickles, and sauce. Not a huge deal and certainly chalked off to the newness, but the additions would have helped complete an otherwise pretty good meal. Unfortunately, their sides were the weakest part of the meal. Mac and cheese was made with the mini shells not the standard macaroni, covered with breadcrumbs, but had very little cheese. The cole slaw, although more tangy (vinegary) than usual, was otherwise forgettable. The battered onion rings were actually quite good, except for those laying on the bottom of the same tin the meat came in soaking up juices and becoming very soggy.

            Also had their wing sampler, which is two each of BBQ, buffalo, jalapeno honey, and habanero apricot. I'm not a real fan of breaded wings. The BBQ and buffalo were pretty standard, the other jalapeno and habanero wings were actually disappointing. My wife, who can't do real spicy, actually had more problems handling the buffalo wing than the others. I didn't get too much flavor difference between the two and actually very little heat.

            There's very little, if any, change in the interior of the restaurant from when it was Boom. I must say, however, that in the five minutes we were there picking up our food we saw more people eating there than combined in our two previous visits to Boom.

            We will give them a little time to iron out the kinks, but we will certainly give them another try. Next time we'll have to dine-in.

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            1. re: jfedorko

              Encouraging report, will give them a try. In regards to it being "real" BBQ or not. Who cares, as long as you think its good... its good.