Blowin’ Smoque – Camden, NJ
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The BBQ world was centered in Wildwood, New Jersey this weekend at the Anglesea Blues Festival held in conjunction with the 2022 New Jersey State Barbecue Championship a Kansas City Barbecue Society event. The top slots went to Grand Champion: Chunky BBQ and Reserve Champion: Uncle Pig’s Barbeque Pit this year. It has been a joy seeing BBQ grow in and around the Philadelphia/South Jersey region over the years.
Did you know though that you can procure some decent BBQ options in Camden, New Jersey? This may come surprisingly as Blowin’ Smoque is obviously overshadowed by their neighbors James Beard Award Winning fried chicken restaurant Corinne’s Place and iconic celebrity cheesesteak hot spot Donkey’s Place. With competition like that it still doesn’t mean they aren’t worth a visit. This tiny stretch of Haddon Ave is becoming a worthy foodie’s destination for any type of cuisine.
R’Lay Wilkerson a Rutgers School of Business—Camden alumnus has made it easy to order online for pickup or through many of the popular delivery services. What should you order? Well I had the brisket, ribs, mac and cheese, collard greens, and lemonade. The ribs were certainly the highlight accompanied by the mac and cheese and washed down nicely with the lemonade. I had a sample of the yams, and regret that I didn’t order that as one of my sides. The yams were great! Is this competition style BBQ? Absolutely not, but no restaurant is putting out that type of food. What they are putting out is good value for the quality of product they are serving and friendly service that will go above and beyond to make sure you are happy. You really can’t ask for more than that. If you haven’t heard of them or given them a try for yourself you really should. Who knows, just maybe they might win the New Jersey State Barbecue Championship one day 😉
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