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7:00 PM

Hot Rods BBQ

26 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Kid-friendly
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, Anthony Sibona, Hot Rods’ owner and Head Chef, has combined the best of BBQ from around the country to create dishes that are truly a taste of America. And because Anthony is a Jersey guy, he calls his 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 smoky taste! So sit back and enjoy a tasty trip!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Barbecue, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Mon-Thurs: 11:30 am 12:00 am
Fri: 11:30am- 1:30 am
Sat: 12:30pm- 1:30 am
Sun: 12:30pm- 12:00 am
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Phone number
(973) 361-5050
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Anthony Sibona
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Let Hot Rods Real Pit BBQ
cater your next party or event.
We specialize in Beef & Pig Roasts
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Cross street
Trowbridge Ln.
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Public transit
less then 1.5 miles train, 60 ft from bus
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
What 26 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.1  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on January 2, 2017

Borderline one-star rating. We tried a variety of menu options, but the ribs were really the only item that was noteworthy and worth ordering again. Service was excessively slow, a huge factor when dining with kids. People were friendly, but meal missed the mark.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on May 30, 2016

The chicken wings are fantastic... A must try.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 3, 2015

Best BBQ in NJ. The sweet and spicy wings were some of the best I've ever had. The new location is awesome and a lot bigger. It was nice to see the owner walking around talking to the tables, taking pride in his establishment. They also have a great craft beer selection. A+ I will be back again and again.

vipJimL (Atlanta)
2.0  Dined on May 14, 2015

Bacon wrapped smoked burnt ends was a good appetizer. Why an Outback Bloomin' Onion style dipping sauce? No need for that.

It went downhill quickly. The brisket was the worst piece of beef I've ever had. The pulled pork was watery. Even the ribs -- the other side of the burnt ends -- was disappointing.

The beer was good, but if you like Bar-B-Que go elsewhere.

Luna4X0 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on March 20, 2015

Hot Rods has a fun flavorful menu but more importantly a very good selection of beers and wines. Sometimes it can get a bit crowded, but the servers have always been excellent in my visits. They're attentive and courteous. I know it's a little much to ask of a BBQ place, but I'd like to see more veggie options on the menu. The side and some main vegetable dishes I've had have been amazing, so I'd like to see more of those featured. One of my favorite local spots for sure.

vipZambo (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 30, 2014

We have been wanting to go to Hot Rods for some time, but finally made it over the Christmas break. Let me start with the wings, they do a special process which makes them come out with a great amount of smokey goodness without being too much. The signature sauce was great although the spicy version was fairly mild. Had naked sandwich so I could taste the pulled pork by itself. It was top notch and my wife had the Brisket dip which was also awesome.

The restaurant itself is in tough shape. We ate at the bar and every stool had a bunch of Duct tape on them to attempt to mend ripped stools. I understand they are moving soon, so that could be the reason they are letting this happen. Bartender, (Kelly) was excellent and kept up with everybodys' needs in a timely fashion. Can't wait to see the new location just down the road!!

vipJaz000 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on August 15, 2014

This place has good food pretty consistently. Occasionally the chicken or pulled pork is a little too dry for my taste, but overall it's worth going back time and again when we want something less typical. The beer list doesn't change often enough and the tap selection could be improved but these are minor complaints. Servers are friendly and helpful, though the restaurant pushes their "rewards club" a little too hard for the little value it provides. Oh well, another minor complaint.

vipFish (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on June 18, 2014

One of the better BBQ places we have been to . Great appetizers and a varied menu. Great beer list.

vipllibrach (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on May 18, 2014

We thought this was a great find with all the positive ratings however it was really bad, bad food bad service. Really don't waste your money on this poor excuse of a restaurant.

vipJaz000 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on April 25, 2014

If there's better BBQ around, I haven't found it yet. The tap beer selection could be slightly more inspired sometimes, but they make up for it with bottle variety.