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Hot Rod's Real Pit BBQ

19 North Main Street, Wharton, NJ 07885
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Ranked #1 of 18 Restaurants in Wharton
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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 19 N. MAIN ST, WHARTON NJ 07885 PHONE 973 361 5050. Www.Hotrodsbbq.Com 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

As with every time we go to Hot Rods - the experience begins with the aromas as you open the front door (should be made into an airfreshener!) An excellent craft beer list - server really knows his beers and could answer all my questions - and as always ordering his suggestion never disappoints. Corn bread and honey butter is... More

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Succasunna, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Really great barbecue (and I mean everything on the menu), reasonably priced, friendly and helpful wait staff, terrific margaritas! The corn bread is excellent! This place is just what you want a barbecue joint to be!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Brought our family who were visiting from California for the baby-back ribs and everyone loved them. Grandkids cleaned their plates and we had to have more of the fabulous cornbread. We will definitely make this our favorite barbeque place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 via mobile

Hadn't been here in years. Went in for ribs, and they were amazingly meaty, smokey, and juicy, but not greasy. Our waitress was friendly and accommodating. I was so happy she pointed out the clams on the special, almost missed out. The craft beer selection is good. Excited to go back and try more than just ribs!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Hot Rod's, located on Main Street in Wharton is a small barbecue place. The theme is, as you can guess, Hot Rods. They have a liquor license with several types of beer, in addition to wine and other drinks. The corn bread here is the best I've ever eaten. The barbecue here is excellent whether in a sandwich or as... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We have been to Hot Rods a few times now. We are more than satisfied every time we go. The smell even before we walk through the front door is fantastic. The warm welcome and service is appreciated every time. We have tried numerous items from the menu and nothing disappoints. When we leave we are already talking about when... More

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Parsippany, NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I Ordered a Cajun chicken sandwich with boardwalk fries. that was delicious. What a great value! My boyfriend had a burger which he enjoyed as well. We ordered the hush puppies since it's one of their signature menu items. It tasted like a fried corn muffin. It came with a maple syrup butter for dipping. We liked them! They have... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

My husband and I picked this spot about 6 months ago looking for good BBQ. Well we didn't get good BBQ, we got excellent BBQ. This is a place you must go for great BBQ and one of the friendliest waitstaffs around

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

Hi Gina - This is fantastic! We could not say thank you enough for such a bright endorsement. We truly value our customers and I am thrilled to learn that were able to exceed you and your husband's expectations! We truly appreciate you taking the time to make your supportive opinion of us public. On behalf of the entire Hot... More

Randolph, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We ate at Hot Rods again last night. Great food, generous portions. Hard to decide on Sundays whether to order off the main menu or take advantage of their $0.50 wings and $1.00 drafts! You can't go wrong whichever you choose. The restaurant is somewhat small and a bit noisy at times, so if you are looking for a quiet,... More

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Parsippany, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We have been customers for several years and are never disappointed with our meal! Fantastic ribs and always leave stuffed!

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