11 Smoking North Jersey BBQ Spots
Brisket, wings and ribs, oh my! These BBQ places have plenty to offer.By Eric Levin, Lauren Barbagallo, Mary Ann Castronovo Fusco and Tammy La Gorce | July 7, 2015
Mama’s Southern Style BBQ 2
“I haven’t met no one that came here just once,” says Chris Finnick, pitmaster since 2007 of this takeout establishment opened in 1997. The native Jerseyan taps his family’s Carolina roots to infuse sweet-and-sour style into barbecued chicken ($8.50), pork ribs ($8), beef short ribs ($9) and chopped pork ($8) sandwiches. His mother, the owner (“I just go by Mama”), says the pork gets a dry rub, is baked four hours, smoked in a coal-fired pit, chopped, then marinated overnight in her grandfather’s Carolina vinegar sauce. Pork ribs ($10 half rack, $20 whole) get a similar treatment. The menu includes fried chicken ($13), fried whiting, catfish, shrimp and tilapia as sandwiches or dinners. Add candied yams, collards, string beans or Spanish rice, among other sides. The tough choice is dessert. So many paths to perdition: sweet potato pie, banana pudding, peach cobbler, pineapple-coconut cake and more. Regulars know to call in their orders to shorten their waits in the tiny space. “It gets crowded here,” says Finnick. “There’s a lot of kitchen and no front.”—MACF
2181 Springfield Avenue, 908-687-0400.
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Mama's Southern Style BBQ for us, is about family cooking together to make the best food for your family. We are a family owned and operated restaurant. Our Uncle first opened Mama's Southern Style BBQ in the year 1997. It was his dream to cook the recipes cultivated by generations of our family and share them with the world. He knew that if he opened Mama's people would come ...and so he did open Mama's... and so they did come time and time again.
In 2007, Nephew Chris Finnick took over as owner for us. That is where the 2 comes from at the end of our name, made official in 2008. Every morning you can find Chris at the market shopping for the freshest ingredients and then at the restaurant prepping for another busy day. We all, are still here cooking together as a family, keeping our dreams and traditions alive. We welcome you to come on over and taste our unique blend of flavors.