Fare: Southern Style BBQ
Authentic Southern (North Carolina) Style BBQ
The owner and staff are exceptionally friendly and accommodating
The interior is spartan and very small
Noise Level: Low- Moderate
Dress: Very casual
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy excellent Southern Style BBQ at a reasonable price.
Not Recommended For: Diners who prefer more upscale BBQ dining simpler food in a more family oriented casual setting.
Recommended dishes: When available, Dry-Rubbed Pork Ribs, Beef Ribs, Chopped and Pulled Pork, and the Brisket and Chicken Sandwiches.
Liquor: Bring your own beer
The Wood Pit is one of the best Southern (North Carolina style) BBQ places in Northern NJ.
Operated by outgoing and jovial co-owners, Lawrence Hackney (and Cook) and Kim Chandler.
The BBQ and brisket is served up sliced and cooked in an Old Hickory smoker that smokes meat at 250 degrees with indirect heat --- no open flames --- using pig nut and sweet hickory giving off a more flavorful taste than mesquite. Chef Hackney's sauce is vinegar-based and is taken from recipes from his mother and grandmother who grew up in North Carolina.
The interior is spartan with yellow toned walls and brown hardwood floors.
The restaurant is very small with several large tables that seat 6-7 people and 3 additional two seat tables. All of the tables are stocked rolls of paper towels.
The Wood Pit Barbecue has a take out menu, a catering service for private events, free delivery, and are open seven days/week.
(updated: August, 2016)
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