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New BBQ joint in Flemington - Back Road BBQ

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Back Road BBQ opened last month in the place that used to be Crossroads Cafe. Husband and I have been there twice now (dinner and lunch), and it is definitely a welcome addition to the Flemington area.

For dinner I had the half rack of ribs ($11.99), which comes with 2 hush puppies and your choice of two sides. They have FRIED OKRA and a really thick and cheesy mac and cheese. The half rack was huge - I could not finish it. There is at least an inch of meat on top of the bones. Husband had the Back Road Combo ($16.99) with ribs, chicken, brisket and pulled pork. Much of it left in a takeout container. It is a good sampler platter as it also comes with hush puppies and 2 sides.

Currently they have corn on the cob, but I have been assured that once corn is out of season they will offer collard greens with ham hocks.

For lunch I had a chicken sandwich. Normally I am not a chicken breast fan because the meat is often too dry, but their chicken was juicy and tender. Husband had a pulled pork sandwich (sandwiches are served with one side), and we both liked the buns. The bread was light and not too thick, unlike many places where the buns are way too thick.

The dessert menu rotates. For lunch we shared a peach mini pie. It was the perfect size for after a big meal.

The service is friendly and enthusiastic. I think this is a family run place, as the young man working the register called for his Dad to answer some questions we had about catering. They will be catering our end of the summer party...... can you tell I am a big fan of this place? :-)

The restaurant is BYOB, though they also have sweet tea and sodas available.

Their menu can be viewed here:
http://www.backroadbbq.com/Menu.html
Definitely give this place a try.

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  1. This is one time I won't object to the DW wanting to shop the Flemington outlets :). You have caught my attention with Back Road BBQ and its on the "gotta try" list.
    Thanks for the nice report!

    1. Thanks for the news. I have been looking for a rib joint since HI Rib closed, I'll give it a try

      1. Looks good, though the wings are a tad pricey...

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        1. re: equal_Mark

          Yes, though in fairness they are very large. Unless you are with a large group, I wouldn't recommend ordering an appetizer as the entree portions are huge!

        2. Glad you posted. We are going to Flemington next week and this sounds perfect!

          1. Sadly this place has closed. :-(

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            1. re: esjro

              Sad, I don't live in the area, but we visit once a year, thought we'd hit it next time we were down there. What do you think attributed to the closing?

              1. re: michele cindy

                Location, and outside appearance. Too bad. I enjoyed it.

                1. re: Abner Kravitz

                  Yes, that location is a tough spot. The restaurant across the street has also opened and closed many times, though the Italian place that is there now is actually very good.

              2. re: esjro

                Bummer. It seems that really good rib places don't survive in NJ, while drek like Famous Dave's seems to be popping up everywhere. :-(

              3. Very sad to hear that this place has closed. I used to go there for lunch at least once a month and never had a bad meal. I particularly liked the sides. Who knew that okra could be so good!

                If this place had been in any of the little strip malls along Route 31 in Flemington I think it would have done a roaring business. The appearance of the place didn't really bother me. In fact, it reminded me of some of the BBQ places I've been to in south Georgia. Now they are REALLY on back roads.