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Hot Rod's Real Pit BBQ

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175 N Main Street, Wharton, NJ 07885 (Trowbridge Ln.)
+1 973-361-5050
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11:30 am - 12:00 am
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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
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Dover, New Jersey
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33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW 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
Succasunna, New Jersey
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 6 days ago NEW 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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71 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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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43 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago

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 

Troy, New York
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195 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Stopped for late dinner recently. Great choice of BBQ meats and excellent taste. Sides are served in separate dishes. Staff was attentive and polite. The best BBQ I've been to in New Jersey. Far better food (no comparison) to the chains. I will go ahead. Reasonable prices.

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Thank RoadWarrior47
tobymsibona, Owner at Hot Rod's Real Pit BBQ, responded to this review

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

New Jersey
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29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

Looking for a quick bite Sunday evening and thought we'd give it a try. Shared a couple of apps (try the burnt ends!). Very good (but a little on the pricey side). Brisket sandwiches were tasty. Burnt ends pizza was a big hit. Very chill setting; live music most nights. Cool bar with big screen TV's. When we get that... More 

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

Thank you for the great review, we really appreciate it. We are so glad that you enjoyed dining with us. We hope to see you again soon! More 

Morristown, New Jersey
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675 reviews
399 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 281 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

We stopped by Hot Rod's for lunch and ordered a half rack of the Signature Smoked Ribs from the pit. We loved the Smokey flavor of the ribs and the prize winning BBQ sauce. The coleslaw and cornbread were really great. I can add another outstanding BBQ Joint to my bucket list of BBQ places I’ve tried.

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Thank MitchPhyllis65
tobymsibona, Owner at Hot Rod's Real Pit BBQ, responded to this review

Thank you for the great compliment. We are so happy that you like us. Our ribs are definitely a fan favorite. We truly appreciate you putting us on your "Bucket List!" 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
Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene
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
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
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

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