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Hot Rod's Real Pit BBQ

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175 N Main Street, Wharton, NJ 07885 (Trowbridge Ln.)
less then 1.5 miles train, 60 ft from bus
+1 973-361-5050
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12:30 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 12:30 pm - 12:00 am
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Fri 11:30 am - 1:30 am
Sat 12:30 pm - 1:30 am
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene
Description: Award Winning Yankee BBQ Restaurant, Catering Experts, Family Friendly, Fun...
Award Winning Yankee BBQ Restaurant, Catering Experts, Family Friendly, Fun Staff, Full Bar, Craft Beers, Great Margaritas, Live Music, Smoked Ribs, Pulled Pork, Brisket, Famous Sweet & Spicy Wings.

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 and 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!

With that said, sit back and enjoy a tasty trip. The road to the country's best BBQ and the friendliest service starts at Hot Rods BBQ.

Hours are as follows:

Mon: Dining 11:30am-10pm, Bar 12am
Tues: Dining 11:30am-10pm, Bar 12am
Wed: Dining 11:30am-10pm, Bar 12am
Thurs: Dining 11:30am-10pm, Bar 12am
Fri: Dining 11:30am-11pm, Bar 1:30am
Sat: Dining 12:30pm-12am, Bar 1:30am
Sun: Dining 12:30pm-10pm, Bar 12am
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  • 65
    Excellent
  • 37
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great atmosphere

This place has a great energy and decor that when you walk in the door, you can expect you will have a good experience. Greeted right away by the bartender, very friendly. The waitress was very perky and helpful in describing the menu since this was our first time. Bbque was good, not amazing... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
LaurenandMichael
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Mountain Lakes, New Jersey
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Mountain Lakes, New Jersey
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81 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place has a great energy and decor that when you walk in the door, you can expect you will have a good experience. Greeted right away by the bartender, very friendly. The waitress was very perky and helpful in describing the menu since this was our first time. Bbque was good, not amazing. We each got a 2 meat... More 

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Thank LaurenandMichael
Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Haven't been to Hot Rods in over a year. Always thought this new place would be a great location for a restaurant. So glad it's Hot Rods. Love the new place and the Food is even better. Service is quick - maybe a little too quick

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Thank Evvin
West Orange, New Jersey
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

They moved to a much larger space but they still have a terrific beer menu. The food was better at the smaller location but it was still very good.

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Thank rsquaredb
Denville
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30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to dinner and some of the best BBQ that I have ever had. Everything we ordered was great: Ribs, Wings, brisket and BBQ chicken were top notch. This is one of our favorite restaurants in Morris County. I would highly recommend this spot as a MUST GO! The vast variety of craft brewed beer is really an advantage to... More 

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Thank LD-Beerman
New York City, New York
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264 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came in on a Sunday with a group of 9 at around 6. The place didn't seem too crowded but I didn't know why. They had a lot of great (all day) Sunday specials going on. $2 Bloody Marys, $2 select drafts (Bud Light, Yuengling, DuClaw's Devil's Milk, Elysian the Great Pumpkin, Otter Creek Overgrown pale ale), and $6 for... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your experience here at Hot Rod's BBQ. Our brisket usually gets rave reviews so we will look into what may have happened with that day's batch. Again, we appreciate your time and thank you for trying Hot Rod's BBQ. More 

Wharton, New Jersey
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food is good and so is the service! They have a good variety of barbecue food that taste excellent!

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Thank 540laurau
Vernon, New Jersey, United States
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46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We found this place a few months ago and had a chance to go back there recently. This time it was on a Sunday and it was much more crowded than a weekday night. The wait for a table for 6 was only about 10 minutes and well worth the wait. The food was great. It was crowded and a... More 

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Thank Ed D
Wharton, New Jersey
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is my favorite place for bbq and much more hands down! Great food, service and atmosphere. So much to choose from on the menu and I love their margharitas.

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Thank amyrO679YP
Dover, New Jersey
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The other day my daughter and I were cruzin for some good eats, as I itched my head in thought she said " I know let's go to HOT RODS, I love that place. We eat here often and the food and service is great. There is something for every one. you can even order it to go or for... More 

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Thank goodeats710
North Jersey
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hot Rods hits another BBQ home run! Celebrated the anniversary with my wife, a mutual decision to go for the best BBQ in the tristate area. We enjoyed our cornbread appetizer and the entrees were great. She got the Chop Block Burger and I got the brisket/pulled pork combo. Each dish was perfection. My brisket was moist and juicy. Baked... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 175 N Main Street, Wharton, NJ 07885
    (Trowbridge Ln.)
  • Public Transportation: less then 1.5 miles train, 60 ft from bus
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Morris County  >  Wharton
  • Phone Number: +1 973-361-5050

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 25
  • Cuisine: American, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children, Bar scene

Description

Award Winning Yankee BBQ Restaurant, Catering Experts, Family Friendly, Fun Staff, Full Bar, Craft Beers, Great Margaritas, Live Music, Smoked Ribs, Pulled Pork, Brisket, Famous Sweet & Spicy Wings.

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 and 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!

With that said, sit back and enjoy a tasty trip. The road to the country's best BBQ and the friendliest service starts at Hot Rods BBQ.

Hours are as follows:

Mon: Dining 11:30am-10pm, Bar 12am
Tues: Dining 11:30am-10pm, Bar 12am
Wed: Dining 11:30am-10pm, Bar 12am
Thurs: Dining 11:30am-10pm, Bar 12am
Fri: Dining 11:30am-11pm, Bar 1:30am
Sat: Dining 12:30pm-12am, Bar 1:30am
Sun: Dining 12:30pm-10pm, Bar 12am
Open Hours
Sunday
12:30 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:30 am - 1:30 am
Saturday
12:30 pm - 1:30 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?