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1911 Smoke House Barbeque – Trenton, NJ

1911 Smoke House Barbeque – Trenton, NJ

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Whenever I hear announcements from Trenton, New Jersey my first thought is the addition of some new property tax or other bit of bad news. It’s not often I get excited about the things going on or coming out of Trenton. Well 1911 Smoke House and Chef/Owner Reggie Hallett has changed that thought drastically for me. This place is a gem and is the best thing going on there possibly since the pork roll industry. They need to be recognized not only because they are serving delicious food, but also due to their ridiculously budget friendly prices while everything else around us has exploded in cost. Their description on Google is spot on ‘Down-to-earth staple for smoked meats, with patio seating, sports on TV & a bar’. I went with their half portion of ‘Try a lil bit of everything’ which was a half rack of ribs, brisket, half a chicken, corn bread, mac & cheese, and collard greens as well as a small order of smoked and grilled wings with habanero mango sauce all for less than $40. Just crazy prices for good food these days! Everything was wonderful and really high quality. The chicken options really stood out as the half chicken and wings were so plump, juicy, seasoned well, and very flavorful. The other items weren’t far behind. The ribs were moist and tender, the brisket was spot on yummy, mac & cheese old school greatness, collard greens not hard at all and filled with flavor, and cornbread just a delight. I also enjoyed trying all of their different sauce options. This spot needs to be celebrated. The good news is that they have expanded into Terminal A at Newark Liberty International Airport with an eighty seat restaurant and twenty-four person bar available to dine at for travelers around the world to experience how good New Jersey BBQ can and should be and the statement ‘Trenton Makes, the World Takes’ is in good hands again. I may have been slow to recognize and become aware of the 1911 Smoke House, but whenever I’m in the area again they can certainly expect to see me.

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