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“Specials Eats,But sides on the Cheap” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hot Rod's Real Pit BBQ

Hot Rod's Real Pit BBQ
175 N Main Street, Wharton, NJ 07885
+1 973-361-5050
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Ranked #1 of 20 Restaurants in Wharton
Price range: $7 - $25
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: 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
Denville, New Jersey
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Specials Eats,But sides on the Cheap”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

If you don't mind driving to down town wharton for lunch you can get a reasonable sandwich and beverage for lunch for $8.00 the second great special is Sunday wings and a pint..For myself the 10 wings is a meal by itself because they are large. My wife loves their chowdecorn with cheeder cheese.. She normally orders a entra which are tasty but always feels that the sides or cornbread are not sides but are like a taste. These sides like cole slaw or beans are not expensive items and would fill out the plate. While we have been loyal to the rods they have competion on route 15 a few miles away that we have tried and is more than satisfactory. So Mr Hot everybodys been to a restaurant where they order a soda and the glass is full of ice and you only get 2 sips and have to order another at $2.50 a glass the next time they order water or do not return. We want you to be here a long time.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
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54 reviews 54 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Stop here if you love BBQ!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012 via mobile

My girlfriend I stopped here coming back from a backpacking weekend. We used our GPS to find this place by chance. We read a few reviews on our way there. We took a chance on this place that we never stopped at before. Boy oh boy did we love this place. You have to try the barbecued wings, unbelievable! They are spicy, sweet,crispy, smokey, and fall off the bone. I had a full rack of baby back ribs that were incredible. A great beer selection to choose from also.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Staten Island, NY
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79 reviews 79 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“Unexpected surprise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

We picked it from our GPS when looking for a place to eat off route 80. We had just come from two days on the Appalachian trail and were ravenous. Well, we stumbled into the perfect scenario since it was Sunday and they had dollar drafts and 50 cent wings. They only had 4 drafts but each one was carefully selected. We both chose Lemon Berry Shandy from a brewery in WI and wow, it was great! At a dollar they were more than great!

Wings in the house sweet / spicy sauce were better than any wings we'd ever had. Juicy besides the sauce being unique. Brisket sliders and pulled pork sliders were tender and great, and the rack of ribs had just the right amount of sauce - many places are overly goopy but these ribs made sure that the dry rub under the sauce was also showcased. Sauce was tangy & sweet but not syrupy sweet.

The onion rings were a standout - good seasoning in the batter. Macaroni and cheese had 3 kinds of cheese and good flavor but could be creamier - the cheese was melted over the cooked macaroni which made it more al dente than I prefer in a mac and cheese.

We had no room for dessert but they looked great (especially the peanut butter chocolate bacon) so we will give those a try on our next visit.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Sparta, New Jersey
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70 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Great BBQ and Beer”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

Hot Rod's lives up to its name. You want succulent fall off the bone BBQ or a wide range of BBQ items from sandwiches to full platters? This is the place for you. A huge bottled beer menu adds to the dining experience. The place is small and fills up fast so get there early, they do not accept reservations for small platters. I have not been disappointed yet.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Mine Hill, New Jersey
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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
“Don't Go for Ribs”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

Bad service and food's passable. Don't get ribs, they are simply not good. Pulled pork's a better option. Good cole slaw and decent beer selection.

Visited March 2012
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