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Hot Rod's Real Pit BBQ

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175 N Main St, Wharton, NJ 07885-1638 (Trowbridge Ln.)
+1 973-361-5050
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11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun 12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 1:00 am
Sat 12:30 pm - 1:00 am
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Wharton, New Jersey
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We go to Hot Rod's frequently and really enjoy the food and beer. We love the brisket, wings, ribs and pulled pork...anything smoked is fabulous! The coleslaw that comes with it is excellent and the famous barbeque sauce is good on anything! The beer selection is always changing and they have a great variety.

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Thank travel_girl0326
tobymsibona, Owner at Hot Rod's Real Pit BBQ, responded to this review

Thank you for the reveiw, Travel girl, we really appreciate it. We are so glad that you enjoyed our pulled pork and coleslaw. That is one of our most loved items. We hope to see you again soon. More 

new jersey
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This s a fun place with great food, teriffic beer choices, and food that you do not find in most restaurants. Probably the best pecan pie I ever ate!!!!

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

Hello James, Thank you for the great review, and kind words. We really appreciate the feedback. We are so glad that you enjoyed dining with us. We hope to see you again soon. More 

Ledgewood, New Jersey, United States
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Decided to return to Hot Rods after many years and seeing it pop up on several best of barbeque places. We had beer and cocktails which were good but pricey (the drink was over 10 dollars) then we had appetizer of burnt ends which were pretty good. I ordered the ribs figuring I was in for a treat. I love... More 

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

Hello Christine, Thanks so much for visiting our restaurant and for taking the time to leave us your honest feedback. I'm happy that you enjoyed some of your meal. I wanted to let you know that I will be speaking with our kitchen staff about the ribs to see what may have happened. Please know that each rack of ribs... More 

Dover, New Jersey
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33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Their French fries are really, really good. Location is great! Prices are a little high but worth it. Hopefully they don't raise them. Overall a great spot to stop for comfort food.

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Thank PR4LIFE
tobymsibona, Owner at Hot Rod's Real Pit BBQ, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind words, and great review. We really appreciate it. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed dining with us. More 

Succasunna, New Jersey
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We started going to Hot Rod's about a year ago. It's now our go to place when we have out of town visitors. It has an extensive, rotating beer and cider menu. The menu is southern with a twist. The honey fried chicken is crispy with a slightly sweet finish. The brisket is melt in your mouth tender. The meatloaf... More 

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

Hello Katherine, We are so glad to hear that we are a staple for you. We really appreciate that! Thank you for the kind words, and great review. We hope to see you again soon. More 

Rockaway, New Jersey, United States
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Hot Rod's is a very beautiful restaurant with great scenery. It's located in a scenic part of Wharton, NJ. The food is average for BBQ, nothing to brag about. Not what people said it was. The prices are higher then I imagined they'd be. No hamburger is worth $16... I do not consider this a family oriented restaurant. I would... More 

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Thank Reba07866
tobymsibona, Owner at Hot Rod's Real Pit BBQ, responded to this review

Hello Reba, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your honest feedback. We really appreciate it. We typically receive rave reviews about our BBQ from our guests. We apologize that we didn't hit that mark with you. More 

Singapore, Singapore
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72 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

Our friend brought us here as it's her fav BBQ place. We were greeted by enthusiatic servers who sat us near the window. Comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. It was a good dinner place to catch up with friends. Food was yummy and I loved my order of BBQ ribs. Meat so tender and falling off the bones. Hubby's pulled pork... More 

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

Hello Grace, We are happy to hear that you and your family enjoyed dining with us. We really appreciate the feedback. We hope to see you again soon. More 

Morris county, nj
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52 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Was looking forward to some great barbecue ribs. The ribs were pretty darn dry. The sides however were quite good.

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Thank misamassa
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 trip to see us! We really appreciate it. We are glad that you enjoyed our sides. We hope to see you again soon! More 

Bedminster, New Jersey
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

This is one of my favorite places to eat/drink in NJ! We eat here about once a month. The craft beer selection is great! The beef brisket is my favorite!

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

Hey Jake, Thank you for choosing Hot Rod's, we really appreciate it. We are so glad that you enjoy dining with us. We hope to see you again soon. More 

Far Hills, New Jersey
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

Excellent wings. Brisket tastey but dry. Needed BBQ sauce which was very good. Ribs excellent. Large selection of craft beers but at $9 a pop they could have filled the glass.

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

Thank you for taking the time to leave us an informative review. We really appreciate it. We are glad that you enjoyed dining with us. We hope to see you again soon. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$7 - $25
Cuisine
American, Bar, Barbecue, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
12:30 pm - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 175 N Main St, Wharton, NJ 07885-1638
    (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
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: Sun 12:30pm - 9:30pm(K) Bar 11pm Mon 11:30 am - 10pm(K) Bar 11pm Tues 11:30 am - 9:30pm(K) Bar 11pm Wed 11:30 am - 9:30pm(K) Bar 11pm Thurs 11:30 am - 10pm(K) Bar 11pm Friday 11:30 am - 10:30pm(K) Bar 1am Saturday 12:30pm - 10:30pm(K) Bar 1am

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