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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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11:30 am - 1:30 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: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Award Winning Yankee BBQ Restaurant, Catering Experts, Family Friendly...
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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    Very good
  • 10
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Fun decor and space

This place was a redone brick building that could have been a small factory. Not sure. But the Hot Rod memorabilia and parts are fun to look at. The beer selection was amazing. I had a DuClaw Morgazm on tap. Really loved it. We went for lunch. My 13 year old son and I. He had the pulled pork wrap... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
Flygurl1996
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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Randolph, New Jersey
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

Went with a group of people for a going away lunch. Had fish tacos, they were great. Regarding the factory layout, the building was once a silk mill on the canal.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I stopped by for lunch because I was in the mood for a rack of baby back ribs I order them without the sauce because I wanted to get true taste of the meat and the rub. I asked if they had spare ribs and waitress said no she said that all the meat comes out of the smoker at... More 

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Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Just found this place out of the blue. Love the location in an old mill. Looks like a biker bar, but actually pretty yuppie. Great burgers, barbecue, pulled pork. Extensive beer menu. Very, very, very casual.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

This place was a redone brick building that could have been a small factory. Not sure. But the Hot Rod memorabilia and parts are fun to look at. The beer selection was amazing. I had a DuClaw Morgazm on tap. Really loved it. We went for lunch. My 13 year old son and I. He had the pulled pork wrap... More 

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Wharton, New Jersey
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

The place is nice, but it's def. a little over priced for the portions served. The wait staff was friendly and attentive.

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Hackensack, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Went to dinner around 7PM with my wife and we got seated quickly. Our server was attentive and the place was pretty busy for a Tuesday night. They had a local artist displaying his works. For our meal we started with the mac & cheese wedge. It was OK, I think it could have used more cheese. My wife got... More 

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New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Good pace to go with friends, good craft beer. Close to home too. 40$ per head a bit steep. Service was good and nice atmosphere. A bit loud to bring little ones.

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Lake Buena Vist
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

We've been going to Hot Rod's since they opened and are thrilled with their success and growth! the food is great, ambiance is casual, fun, and lively! Margaritas are the very best.

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Newton, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Deserves the high ranking Pro's Great food HIGH quality food Clean Good theme in historic building Good parking Con Portions are kind of small, especially for the cost. Had the burnt ends appetizer. VERY good but rather small. Had the beef brisket platter. VERY good but portion was five pieces. Fries are VERY good. We WILL be back but not... More 

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Dover, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Hot Rod's has a great reputation for ribs, but I had them at the new location and they weren't fall off the bone. Tasted okay, but low meat-to-bone ratio. I like a meaty rib that jumps off the bone. I'd like to go back to try again, but it's a little too pricey for me.

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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
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: American, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: 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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