Jersey Shore BBQ
My husband and I had the opportunity to dine here last week. We were in Avon picking up the most delicious macaroons (The Macaroon Shop) for Christmas, and were thrilled to see what everyone raves about.
The raves are right, JSBBQ is pretty darn good. Here is what we ate:
Complimentary: Freshly fried tortilla chips w/sea salt and pico de gallo. The pico was spicy hot and soooo good we couldn't stop eating it.
Apps: Chili topped with mac and cheese. $7.00Meaty, perfect heat, bit of smoke.
Pork belly-$8.00huge portion, could only finish half of it. Very juicy, but be warned if you are fat phobic, half is fat.
Entrees: Rib Sampler-3 Baby Back ribs, 3 St. Louis ribs, mac and cheese, collards greens, cornbread. $20.00 The ribs were great. Not dry at all with visible pink smoke ring, they were meaty and tender. The Baby Backs had a bit more chew than the Louis but the Louis' excelled. I would order all St. Louis next time. The mac and cheese was the standard shells with American/Cheddar. Creamy, not grainy and perfectly acceptable. The collards came with big chunks of pork but were too watery to have much discernible flavor.
Three meat sampler- Pulled Pork, Burnt Ends and Baby Back Ribs. Baked beans and potato salad. $20.00 The pulled pork was nicely moist and flavorful because they kept in the fat and pork skin. The burnt ends very smoky and not over cooked or crunchy. The beans had a dominant taste of molasses, my husband loved them. The potato salad had bacon and a little bit of heat. Excellent. The cornbread was light, not dense and slightly sweet, we liked it. The also serve half sour homemade pickles with all the meals.
They offer a few different BBQ sauces on the tables. There is a vinegar sauce, a traditional sauce, a very hot sauce and a dipping type mayo based sauce for their onion rings. We felt all the ribs stood up well on their own, without any added sauces. We took home half the pork belly and half of each our entrees.
The prices are a bit high for BBQ, but you certainly receive alot of food for your money. We were too full for dessert but there were some interesting choices. See the picture for options. I should've asked if they were housemade, but didn't, sorry. The server and manager? Both came over multiple times to be sure everything was okay and see if we needed anything. The service was excellent. They accept credit cards. The restaurant is located in a storefront in a strip mall and there is plenty of parking. We would not hesitate to go back or recommend Jersey Shore BBQ to anyone.
Thanks, but it's much more difficult to find different words to describe your food than I expected. Everytime I asked my husband what he thought of something the answer was, "It as so good!" Lol
The dishes were actually quite large. There was no problem moving the food around. Don't you find butcher paper too messy? And fyi, they do give you a boneyard.
I've been twice now with mixed results. The first time was good and the second time not so much. Both times the ribs were decent although I would have preferred they came out dry instead of sauced up. The pork belly was awesome the one time I had it. The brisket was a complete disaster. I ordered a sampler and the brisket was hiding under the two types of ribs. There was very little pieces of shredded meat surrounded by gobs of fat. I do prefer my brisket a little on the fatty side, but it is usually sliced nicely with the fat running through the meat. This was almost like they purposefully pulled most of the meat away and slapped down the fat and bark. The collards and other sides weren't very memorable not terrible, not great.
I was really excited after my first visit, but walked out the second time feeling very disappointed. I'm from the south so I know it is hard to find BBQ here that compares to parts down there. I don't get overly snobby about it like many of my southern frenemies, but the second visit was pretty disgusting. I'm not giving up yet because I also had a good meal there so maybe it was just an off night. At least they aren't boiling and/or baking their ribs and trying to pass it off as BBQ. I was shocked by this when I moved up here over a decade ago.
Great review. JSBBQ is my go to for barbecue in central Jersey. The St. Louis ribs and burnt ends are wonderful here and Texas Smoke is not topping them. I like Texas Smoke but not more than JSBBQ. Different style of service and decor also - JSBBQ is full service, Texas Smoke you order at a counter.