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Dec 7, 2011 10:54 PM

Good southern barbecue joints/restuarants near Trenton or Philadelphia

I live in New Jersey but very close to Philadelphia and Trenton. Any decent southern barbecue places with chopped pork (not just pulled pork)? I have been to Famous Dave, but anything else? I appreciate your help.

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    1. re: Tapas52

      Thanks Tapas. It appears it does not have chopped pork, but that is ok. Anything there you recommend? Thanks.

      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

        They do not have chopped pork, however their pulled pork is good. They also have sliced or chopped brisket which is good. I eat here often as it is just outside the gate of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. Good place and nice people! -mJ

    2. I haven’t been there myself but Winkler’s
      in Morrisville, PA has received some decent reviews. There was also a place in Morrisville called Porky’s but I couldn’t find a website for it and it may have closed.

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      1. re: TomDel

        If you are willing to drive further south on 95, Sweet Lucy's is right off the highway near the Academy Road exit. They do a range of meats, and they have several styles of sauce (Carolina, Kansas City) . Monday night they have an AYCE buffet.

        1. re: cwdonald

          Thanks guy. I went to Sweet Lucy's today. Actually I have thought about going there fore years now, but have never tried because it does not serve chopped pork and I wanted chopped pork.

          Anyway, I went today. It got the pulled pork with spicy collard green, coleslaw and baked beans. The collard green was good. Coleslaw is just coleslaw -- not too bad, but not any difference than others I have tried. Baked beans are pretty good too, but I have never been a huge fan of baked beans, so I cannot say I am a good judge of it. The pulled pork is good. Tender, a bit smokey, but also have texture to it. A criticism I have is that I wish they put the sauce on the side, but I really should have made that clear.

          I need to go back a few more time to really get the hang of it, but before that I have two other good suggestions to try: Local Smoke and Winkler's to try. Thanks.

          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

            I just got a takeout menu in the mail from Winckler's. The pork sandwich on the menu is listed as being "chopped". Haven't eaten there myself though.

            1. re: sadiefox

              Thanks Sadie. Do you mean this place?


              I have seen the menu, but have not tried it yet. I wonder if I can just ask for chopped pork. By the way, I went to the newly opened Woody's Barb-b-q. One time was not so good. The second time was pretty good. It has pulled pork, but it also has sliced pork (which to me is similar enough to chopped pork



              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                Yes, that's the place I mean. Funny how there is a spellling discrepancy between the name of the restaurant and the URL!

      2. Just an FYI....

        I have friends who swear by Grub Hut in Manville.......I believe they mentioned they have an all-you-can eat night available as well.

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        1. re: fourunder

          I just looked at the menu. It reads like a menu for "eat until you die"


          1. re: fourunder

            GrubHut in Manville (somerset county) is our local BBQ haunt and worth driving to as a destination restaurant. A small BYOB place that does really good wood smoked pork, brisket, sausages, chicken, ribs, etc. They also do a decent Tex-Mex menu including a respectable guacamole even mid-winter in NJ. They offer options for dry rubbed meats, an option for meats with BBQ sauce applied, another option for grilled sauces on the meats and one for just smoked meats with sauce options on the side. You also get to control the quantity of food with single servings fit for a child, larger adult portions and then mega combos that will feed you two or three times. Easy to find and park on Main St, friendly service and BBQ worth traveling for. They also do a serious catering business. Prices are reasonable.

          2. Smoke'n Dudes on Neshaminy Blvd in Bensalem has good BBQ. I couldn't check their menu for chopped vs pulled. Their hush puppies were very light; the couple of times I've been here I've always wanted to try their apple fritters because the hush puppies were so good.

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            1. re: gsElsbeth

              Just want to add that I just came back from Smoke'n Dudes. I have their sampler plate. Not bad, but it does not have chopped pork. Also, they put sauce on the meats. I wish I remember to tell them to hold the sauce. Finally, the beef brisket was pulled instead of sliced. Not really used to the idea of pulled brisket, you know. Overall, the favor is good, but I will have to ask for my preference next time. Hash puppies were good.