The first day they did three sandwiches, then seven, and before you know it, Rick Harrison from Pawn Stars is investing to help them open a second location. Amongst the high-profile casino restaurant concepts, Rollin Smoke stands out for their bootstrap story, but wouldn't take the crown without some serious meat, including a hefty beef rib rarely seen outside of Texas, a hickory-smoked brisket burger that's been crowned Vegas' Best, and a totally bonkers smoked meatloaf.
Goody Cole’s Smokehouse (address and info)
The Q: St. Louis-style pork ribs
The original Goody Cole’s was small and in Exeter and fantastic. And so, when they left to open a much bigger space, we were dubious that they could keep the quality up. But the Lenihans, with the help of their hickory wood-burning Oyler barbecue, produce the best smoked meats in the Granite State, especially the beef brisket and their St. Louis-style pork ribs.
Local Smoke BBQ (address and info)
Cookstown and Neptune
The Q: World Series of BBQ award-winning ribs
Taking home four titles at the NJ State Barbecue Championship is nothing to scoff at, but those accolades take on a new meaning when you throw in a first place win in ribs at the American Royal, aka the World Series of Barbecue. So basically, these Local Smoke boys have been around the barbecue block and returned with a bag full of smoky tricks. They use a mix of cherry and local sugar-maple woods, rocking specialties like a sweeter-than-most brisket, brined-for-days whole chickens, and vinegar-based pulled pork. Their tiny 28-seat beach-side location is most well known, but they earn bonus points for a second location which gets 90% of their business from neighboring McGuire Airport Base. And extra bonus points for running a real-deal Amish-made stick-burning smoker for larger catering gigs.