Wednesday, November 7, 2012
JN's Original BBQ Pit House
1180 N White Ave
Pomona, CA 91768
David Allen emailed me about trying a new BBQ restaurant in the Pomona area! While we were figuring out a time to go, a friend invited me to lunch and we decided to give NJ's BBQ a try. Originally JN's Original BBQ Pit House opened under the name Fairplex BBQ, but it seems as though the Fairplex- the people in charge of the fairgrounds, got upset that another business was using their name. Whatever, I'm not here to moderate a business dispute, I just want to try some BBQ.
My understanding is the pitmaster of NJ's also owned Clark's BBQ, in Chino which is now closed.
I forgot to ask when I ate there. Anyways JN's Original BBQ Pit House is located in a renovated house and has about six tables and a few seats at the counter. Their parking lot is next door at an old gas station.
These ribs had a lot of meat, but this was very greasy. There was a decent bark, a nice smoke ring, but they could have stayed in the smoker for a few more minutes. There was too much fat and gristle that made these ribs unappetizing.
Now, I'm not big on presentation, but the ribs came top side down, on foil, on a plate. I think the foil was a waste, just put the ribs top side up, on the plate.
The mac and cheese was pretty average. But the hugh puppies were great! Very nice and crispy on the outside and moist and flavorful on the inside.
Service was good. The young man who took our order was nice and friendly.
I wouldn't go back to NJ's BBQ for the pork ribs. But, I would go back for the hush puppies and I'd like to try their beef ribs and brisket.