NJ Restaurants Selling Barbecue Kits for Memorial Day

Plus other eateries with special takeout menus to meet all your grilled cravings this weekend.

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For the past couple months, New Jersey restaurants have rapidly adapted to new restrictions and changing consumer needs, quickly shifting their focus to takeout and grocery essentials to keep us all fed. They may still be unable to open for business as usual, but many restaurants are still trying to help us keep our routines and traditions as normal as possible. And with Memorial Day around the corner, that means barbecue. Lots of barbecue.

We all miss restaurants, and want to see them reopen again soon. In the meantime, buying a Memorial Day barbecue package is one way you can support them. Here’s a list of New Jersey restaurants selling grill kits and special takeout meals, with order deadlines and necessary contact information.

Cul+ure Market, Asbury Park

Launched in early April, Cul+ure Market is from the folks at Cul+ure Collective, the hospitality group responsible for Asbury Park restaurants Barrio Costero and Reyla. The market offers fresh produce, meat, dairy and even booze for pick-up and delivery. And for Memorial Day, several barbecue packages are available. The Backyard BBQ Package serves 4–6 and comes with baby back ribs, burgers, hot dogs, macaroni salad, corn and watermelon, plus buns and condiments. The Poolside BBQ Package serves 4–6 and comes with marinated skirt steak, marinated chicken thighs, burgers, hot dogs, grilled vegetables, macaroni and potato salads and a fruit tray, plus buns and condiments. You can also get a special lamb burger package, or pick your own assortment of skewers and smaller barbecue trays. Order online here by 4pm on Wednesday, May 20 for a Friday pick-up. Email [email protected] or call 732-307-9140 with questions.

Stirling Tavern, Morristown

Assemble your own grill kit courtesy of Stirling Tavern, featuring proteins like baby back ribs and pulled pork, plus sides such as mac n’ cheese, potato salad, baked beans, coleslaw and cornbread. Pre-order by 8pm on Wednesday, May 20 for a Saturday or Sunday pick-up. Bottles of wine are also available for purchase. Email [email protected] to place order.

Jockey Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Morristown

Jockey Hollow Bar + Kitchen and chef AJ Capella have been offering prepared foods, take home meal kits, wine and groceries through its new market, JHBK At Home. For Memorial Day, choose from a meat-centric box featuring frankfurters, bratwurst, burgers, buns, pickles, coleslaw and salads; or a seafood grilling kit with salmon, shrimp kebabs, marinated green and yellow squash, mushrooms, corn on the cob, salads, plus bread. Each feed 4–6 people. Check the menu here, and order online by 5pm on Wednesday, May 20 for a May 23 pick-up. And don’t forget a wine kit, curated by JHBK owner and wine enthusiast Chris Cannon.

Allendale Bar & Grill, Allendale

The family-owned Allendale Bar & Grill has been offering “take and make” meal kits for weeks. For the holiday weekend, they’re offering several options. The Chillin’ & Grilling Steak Kit comes with four strip steaks, Idaho potatoes and vegetables for $59.99. The Box o’ Burgers Kit comes with burger patties, buns, various cheeses and toppings for $32.99. There’s also salad, pizza, and dessert kits. Order online or call 201-327-3197.

Taphouse Grille, Hackettstown

Hackettstown’s Taphouse Grille has you covered with four barbecue kits: pulled pork, shrimp and chorizo kabobs, chicken and bell pepper kabobs, and burgers plus buns and fixins. You can also add starters like shrimp cocktail, crab and artichoke dip, Mexican street corn, wings, and various side salads. Orders must be placed by Saturday, May 23 for a Sunday pick-up at noon. 908-651-5995

Cranford Chamber of Commerce

The Cranford Chamber of Commerce is selling barbecue kits to benefit the chamber’s scholarship fund. For $94.99, you’ll get 24 chicken wings with blue cheese, six burgers, six hot dogs, plus toppings and buns, and a tin of brownies. Order online here by 8pm on Wednesday, May 20.

Restaurants With Special Memorial Day Weekend Takeout Menus

The following eateries are offering barbecue and grill menus for takeout, with all food prepared and ready to eat.

Bellview Winery, Landisville

From 11am–5:30pm on Saturday, May 23 and from 11am–5pm on Monday, May 25, enjoy a drive-thru Memorial Day barbecue feast at Bellview Winery, food courtesy of Mary’s Mobile Diner. Options include pulled pork, barbecue chicken, cheesesteak, kielbasa and burgers, plus sides. Along with the food, you’ll also be able to pick up sangria and wine to go. Preview the menu and order drinks ahead here.

Heirloom Kitchen, Old Bridge

After receiving their Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan last month, Heirloom Kitchen reopened and began offering three-course prix fixe takeout dinners that serve four people. This weekend, chef David Viana has pulled together an elevated grilled meal consisting of your choice of clam bake, pork tacos, or esquites; and Carolina barbecued duck, steamed halibut, lasagna, or Portuguese Mixed Grill; plus an appetizer and desserts. Bottles of wine are also available for purchase. Place your orders here; contactless pick-ups are on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.

South + Pine, Morristown

Chef Leia Gaccione has a clam bake special for South + Pine‘s Sunday Supper series, which includes an heirloom tomato and stone fruit salad with local burrata; and most importantly, an epic clam bake with lobster, clams, mussels, shrimp, swordfish, potatoes and corn; plus a fresh berry pie with vanilla ice cream. The takeout kit feeds 4-6 people for $200. Pre-order by Thursday, May 21 by emailing [email protected]. Pick-up is on Sunday, May 24.

Central + Main, Madison

And at her second restaurant, Central + Main, Gaccione has a Memorial Day special scheduled, featuring barbecue soft shell crabs, grilled corn on the cob, potato salad and fresh berry cobbler. The takeout kit feeds 4-6 people for $180. Pre-order by Thursday, May 21 by emailing [email protected]. Pick-up is available from noon–6pm on Sunday, May 24.

Saddle River Cafe, Saddle River

Chef Jamie Knott is making sure all your grilling needs are met this weekend. Saddle River Cafe is offering a dinner package for two ($60) or four ($120) featuring decked-out burgers, chili dogs, pulled pork, plus macaroni and corn salads, baked beans, and other add-ons (for an additional fee). Place your order by 1pm on Thursday, May 21 here. Pick-up is from 1–4pm on Friday and Saturday; delivery is available in certain local areas.

Saddle River Inn, Saddle River

For a more luxurious barbecue feast, Knott is offering a range of Memorial Day menus at Saddle River Inn: a scallop dinner, filet mignon dinner, or surf-n-turf menu (prices vary). Every order comes with a deluxe chilled seafood salad, and sides include farro risotto and a crushed fingerling potato salad. Order in advance here. Pick-up is from 5:30–7:30pm on Friday, and 3:30–5pm on Saturday. Delivery is available from 5–7pm on Friday and noon–4pm on Saturday.

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