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Hot Rod's Real Pit BBQ

19 N Main Street, Wharton, NJ 07885
(973) 361-5050
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Ranked #1 of 20 Restaurants in Wharton
Price range: $7 - $25
Sun 12:30 pm - 12:00 am
Tue - Thu 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri 12:00 pm - 1:30 am
Sat 3:00 pm - 1:30 am
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Trowbridge Ln.
Transit: less then 1.5 miles train, 60 ft from bus
Description: Hot Rods BBQ is a celebration of the open road, classic custom cars, All-American comfort food and fun all rolled into one. Today, it seems like every part of the country claims to have its own special twist on BBQ, but owners Anthony & Toby Sibona have combined the best of BBQ from around the country to create dishes that are truly a taste of America. And because the Sibonas are from Jersey, they call their BBQ "Yankee BBQ," a name that has come to mean the best of the best. Hot Rods is famous for delicious slow smoked pulled pork and BBQ babyback ribs. Both are prepared and smoked to Hot Rods' strict specifications, using only top-quality meats. The result is the most tender, tasty BBQ pulled pork and ribs you'll ever eat. A combination of flavorful rubs, homemade sauces, and an open flame creates the perfect BBQ - tender, meaty and exploding with great smokey taste! In 2012 USA Today raved about Hot Rods' Signature Wings. Forbes Magazine listed Hot Rods as one of it's TOP TEN MEALS of 2012 and again as one of it's 10 GREAT BBQ JOINTS in the USA in 2013, stating "Hot Rods is simply awesome!" NJ Monthly Magazine awarded Hot Rods "Best BBQ" in 2010. Morris Health and Life Magazine has named them "Best Ribs" from 2008 - 2013. In 2002, the Star Ledger gave them "Top Dog in BBQ." From 2005 - 2013 Hot Rods BBQ has won the Daily Record Readers Choice Award for "Best BBQ" and Runner Up for "Best Outside Catering". Hot Rods BBQ has come in third in AOL City Guide's "Top Ten Picks for Best BBQ" from 2005 - 2009 So sit back and enjoy a tasty trip. The road to the country's best BBQ and the friendliest service starts at Hot Rods BBQ.
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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We came across this restaurant when they attended a charity event for our Catholic School. We tried their food that night, loved it and have probably eaten at Hot Rods more than 20 times. Love the BBQ, best I have had here in NJ. We have always found the service good and we love the casual atmosphere...check it out, you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

This is the best BBQ in NJ, hands down! Service is great, staff is friendly and a good selection of beers available. Put this on your must try list...

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Denville, NJ
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Best BBQ I have ever had in NJ and the service/craft beer selection is amazing. Highly recommend Hot Rod's

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tobymsibona, Owner at Hot Rod's Real Pit BBQ, responded to this review

Sean T - Thanks so much! On behalf of the entire Hot Rod's crew, we could not say thank you enough for the kudos and we wish you a Happy New Year! We hope to see you back in again, soon. Best, -Toby, Anthony & Crew Hot Rod's BBQ More 

Randolph, New Jersey, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

They have a smoker right on the premises! They have really mastered the technic of smoking, the flavor of their meats and baked beans are uniquely delicious. Their homemade Honey BBQ sauce is amazing. It is definitely worth a trip to Wharton, NJ.

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Succasunna, New Jersey
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Excellent menu - great beer choices. Just an overall nice experience. Highly recommend for families or anyone looking for good food and drink values.

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Randolph, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Hot Rods is a hidden gem! Delicious food, reasonable prices and excellent service! This has become our favorite place for date night especially on Thursdays when they have $3 margaritas and half price nachos and quesadillas. The chili nachos are my favorite and my Husband is obsessed with their beef brisket although we have tried many other things on the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Best BBQ in New Jersey. A great fun place to eat and drink! My family and I go almost every Friday night as a tradition!

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Randolph, New Jersey
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Other establishments in the area claim they serve barbecue, but nothing we've had is even half as good as the ribs, wings, pulled pork, and brisket they serve at Hot Rod's. From the moment you taste the smokey and delicious cornbread you know you are in a great foodie establishment. We 've never been disappointed in their food, and if... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 via mobile

Let start with the decor it's nice and clean that's it. The service is average. The food the ribs are dry and overdone, same with the brisket, and the pulled pork good. Its almost like the BBQ was done once a week and then reheated.I walked away somewhat let done each time I've been there thinking maybe I hit it... More 

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Wharton, New Jersey
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40 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Have been eating here for several years, the BBQ is real here and consistantly good. The staff is great and very knowledgeable about pairing craft beers to your meal. A great restaurant in a little town.

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Additional Information about Hot Rod's Real Pit BBQ

Address: 19 N Main Street, Wharton, NJ 07885
Phone Number: (973) 361-5050
Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Morris County  >  Wharton
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:30 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday 12:00 pm - 1:30 am
Saturday 3:00 pm - 1:30 am
Average Prices: USD 7 - 25
Cuisine: American, Barbecue

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