Fireside Smokin’ BBQ – Sewell, NJ
The Philadelphia/South Jersey area really had a large number of BBQ restaurants open up last year. Fireside Smokin’ BBQ (FSB) was one of the many. I do not know if that means the East Coast has warmed up the tastes of BBQ for the long haul, or if restaurateurs have finally figured out that baking or grilling meats was a failed experiment in trying to pawn off food just by calling it BBQ and that they need to smoke their meats before people will even come to visit you. Either way its a win-win situation for those of us who love BBQ.
FSB sits in a somewhat empty strip mall many years past its prime. The outside of FSB does not give any indication of the very nice interior FSB has waiting for their patrons. You can tell the entire space was redone when FSB occupied this location with shiny new everything from televisions, counters, and cooking equipment in the kitchen and prep areas. The order of the day would be a half rack of ribs with an order of smoked wings.
Both meats were cooked nicely and the rub was generous and tasty. I had FSB give the sauce on the side for each meat. The choice of sauce for the ribs was their tangy option. I have two words for it – SKIP IT. It was sour, salty, and ruined the wonderfully cooked ribs. The other sauce though was the complete opposite. For the chicken wings was their homemade mild sauce. It was down right fabulous and really enhanced the flavor profile of the wings for the better. If you go to FSB and order the dry rub wings you will be doing yourself a disservice if you do not get the sauce to go along with them.
FSB’s quality was a surprise as I was not familiar with them. I do not think they are the best bbq in South Jersey, but the prices were friendly as was the service and if I am near them again with a taste for bbq they are one of the best options around the Washington Township/Sewell area. I am happy to see more and more bbq places open up and hope the trend continues.
Four out of Five Stars