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Adam's Rib - New Hanover Township, NJ (Right outside McGuire Air Force Base)

njfoodies Jun 18, 2010 07:28 AM

As my schedule has been crazy busy as of late, I have had no time to get on here. However, I thought I would talk about a new BBQ place that has opened right over here outside of McGuire AFB. It may not be Kansas City, but the brisket and pulled pork are pretty darn good. Reviews from Monday and Tuesday cut and pasted below from my blog. Cheers! -mJ

MONDAY:
Adam's Rib: 14 June 2010 A new BBQ restaurant opened over the weekend just outside of the gates of McGuire Air Force Base called Adam's Rib (http://www.adamsribnj.com/), and I had to give it a try today. In NJ, it is hard to find good BBQ, so I was really hopeful that Adam's would be awesome.

We arrived a few minutes after high noon, and there were 3 or 4 other tables in the joint. As soon as I walked through the door, the strong smoke and BBQ smell hit me, and I was in absolute heaven. The décor is in true BBQ style, with the red and white checked table clothes, and southwestern décor around the restaurant. If you are looking for ambiance, this isn't the place.

You order at the counter before taking your seat, and I opted for the brisket sandwich. It was a tough choice between that and the pulled pork, but I figured I would give the brisket a go first, along with the hand cut fries on the side. My co-worker Holly opted for the brisket sandwich as well, and her husband Austyn (the birthday boy today) opted for the beef brisket platter sandwich with fries and slaw.

After we ordered, we sat, and it couldn't be much more than 5 minutes before our number was called and we went to the counter to pick up the food. The first thing I noticed was the size of Austyn's platter. This was a lot of brisket, and it looked delicious. The brisket sandwiches didn't have nearly as much meat, but I expected this.

The first bite I had was great. The brisket was tender and flavorful, served on a nice soft bun. The flavors from the smoke were very nice, and I added some of their what I assume is their homemade BBQ sauce, but I cannot confirm that it was homemade. Regardless, it had nice flavors, and added a great element to the sandwich. The hand cut fries were good, but nothing to write home about. Austyn's platter had some nice large pieces of meat, with minimal fat, and it just looked delicious. It was a lot of meat, and he didn't finish it all.

All in all, it is a pure joy to have this place right outside the gate, and nice to see a new restaurant open up. I think it is just a matter of time before people figure out that Adam's has opened, and it is going to be hard to get into at lunch time because it is going to be packed as the place isn't that large. Maybe tomorrow I'll try the pulled pork sandwich! At $5.79 for either the brisket or pulled pork sandwiches, it is a great value! A nice breath of fresh air in a stale foodie wasteland, and I hope that they have much success as this is a great resource for lunch! Cheers! -F. Scott.

Adam's Rib
19 Wrightstown Cookstown Road
New Hanover Township, NJ 08511
Phone: (609)286-2065
http://www.adamsribnj.com/

TUESDAY:
I know exactly what you are thinking, and no, this isn’t a typo. But yes, I did eat at the same restaurant for lunch two days in a row! Is that so wrong? Not in the least, and as good as my brisket sandwich was yesterday, I had to go back today and try the pulled pork sandwich.

Needless to say, I walked in, placed my order, and barely had time to respond to a Facebook comment before my to go order was ready! Wow, that was fast. Opted for the pulled pork and hand cut fries, with a sweet tea, and took it back to the office. Upon sitting down at my desk, the fries were still hot and crispy, and the pork was still plenty warm. Nice crusty roll today, and a perfect lunch sized portion of pork piled on, with a side of BBQ sauce.

Like yesterday, I was pleasantly surprised at the tenderness and flavor of the pork. There were some really nice tender pieces, as well as a few crusty charred pieces that I really enjoyed. The pork was good on its own, but even better with the side of BBQ sauce, that was just enough to give the sandwich a ton of flavor, while letting the taste of the pork shine through. Again, really nice smokey flavors here, and this is just darn good BBQ at an affordable price.

The sweet tea was good, although not overly inspiring. I have most definitely had better, but for NJ, this is decent stuff. I am not sure if they brew it themselves, or if it is a premade concentrate that they brew. Regardless, it is OK. So again, another great lunch from Adam’s Rib, and I look forward to going back time after time in the future. For any of you near stationed on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, I can’t recommend it enough. It’s nice to have a new restaurant in town with good grub!

All in all, a great little place with great flavors, and I look forward to having this resource close to the office! Cheers, and look forward to catching up with the local where to eat's on here! -Mark

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    truthbtold Feb 8, 2011 12:09 PM

    Is this one closed like the location in Neptune apparently is? Neptune was open for 2 weeks and had great food. I haven't seen a sign of life there since Christmas. Does anyone know what is going on? I find it odd that they would go through all that trouble to open this location just to stay open for a couple of weeks.

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      equal_Mark Feb 8, 2011 01:08 PM

      From what I understand they are both closed. The phone at the Hanover location has been disconnected.

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        njfoodies Feb 8, 2011 05:14 PM

        Unfortunately! See my comments and pics at: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/759975

      2. njfoodies Feb 9, 2011 11:38 AM

        Looks like a new BBQ place is already moving in here. Let's hope they do better than the last attempt at a BBQ joint at this location: http://www.localsmokebbq.com/

         
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          equal_Mark Feb 9, 2011 11:48 AM

          Now if we can convince them to open up at the Neptune location as well...

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            njfoodies Feb 9, 2011 11:57 AM

            Can't hurt to shoot 'em an e-mail and ask! -mJ

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              truthbtold Feb 19, 2011 05:04 PM

              They may as well open in Neptune. The place still has a brand new smoker, oven, and grill just sitting there in an empty building now.

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