Cheap Eats: Barbecue

These restaurants offer stick-to-your-ribs fare that won't stick-it to your wallet.

The Mighty Quinn in Stockton
Photo by David Michael Howarth.

Brother Jimmy’s BBQ
(New Brunswick) Opened in October, this first NJ outpost of a New York City mini-chain offers an $18.50 sampler: 1/4-barbecued chicken, three smoked ribs, two sides, cornbread and pickles. Ribs come in three styles: Northern, Southern and Dry Rub. Have one of each, if you like. Drinks are served in 16-ounce Mason jars. You should have no problem bellying up to the bar. It’s 45 feet long. 5 Easton Ave, 732-249-7427, brotherjimmys.com—EL

Christine’s House of Kingfish Barbecue
(Shamong) This roadside shack with smoker is a must-stop for LBI’ers. Towanda Price, whose father was the original Kingfish and whose mother, Christine, devised the famous BBQ sauce, serves succulent pulled pork, pulled or grilled chicken and fried whiting as sandwich ($6-$7) or dinner with cornbread and two sides ($11-$15). But the tender, juicy, smoky, sticky ribs are the ultimate: $12 for a six-rib sandwich, $15 for a dinner of about 12 ribs with two sides. Hurry spring: Christine’s is open only April through October. 926 Rt 206, 609-268-3600—PT

Mighty Quinn BBQ
(Stockton) Hasten to the Stockton Farm Market—indoors, year-round, weekends only—for righteous pulled pork, smoked brisket, smoked sausage and ribs. Start with a slider ($5) or sandwich ($9) of any meat on a brioche bun, or six jumbo wings ($5). Hugh Mangum calls his style Texalina, a merger of Texas and the Carolinas. His guarantee that “you will find yourself making strange noises while eating our food” is no empty claim. 19 Bridge St, 609-610-3532, mightyquinnsbbq.com—PT

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