by guest blogger Rich Baringer,
My family finally stopped in to the Dancing Pig BBQ in the Dublin Village Plaza shopping center. I don’t know how many times we’d driven past as we went to the grocery store saying, “We really should stop there sometime.” Now that we’ve been there, we’re sorry we didn’t heed our own advice earlier.
Nestled in middle of a strip of stores, Dancing Pig doesn’t look like much. But that doesn’t matter once you open the door and smell the smoky goodness inside. At the counter you’ll meet Mr. & Mrs. B—Will & Dee, the husband and wife team that runs the place. Mr. & Mrs. B used to have an outdoor BBQ venue in Milford, NJ. But as he told me, the heat next to the smokers during the summer just got unbearable. They eventually found their current location in Dublin and have been satisfying any hankering for BBQ in the area for almost a year.
The menu is full of freshly made sandwiches, ribs and side dishes. Everything is hand-made with the exception of the potato chips, cornbread and drinks. Ribs—both their own style baby backs and Texas-style—are rubbed and smoked on-site. The sandwiches feature pulled pork, beef brisket, pit beef and pulled chicken. Our son, Jake, got a pulled pork sandwich—tender and smoky–and loved it.
In addition to these classic sandwiches, they also offer some that are a little unique. My wife, Mary Beth, got a beef brisket cheesesteak—tender beef piled on a Kaiser roll with American cheese. Will said that they tried all sorts of cheese, but American did the best not to cover up the smokiness of the beef.
I got a Cubano. It’s double-smoked ham and pulled pork with a tasty hot pepper/onion relish. The whole thing is grilled on a press. It’s a great sandwich. While there’s a lot on the menu that I would enjoy, it’ll be hard to go back and not get that sandwich again.
You can also choose from double-smoked ham, chorizo, chili, pork roll and wings if the other sandwiches don’t do it for you. All their beef is choice Certified Angus and they use only locally sourced natural pork. A selection of their sauces is on each table, so you can find your favorite.
They also feature a bunch of homemade side dishes: potato salad, coleslaw, cucumber salad, garden salad, mac & cheese, baked beans (which are unique and really delicious), corn and applesauce. There’s something there for everyone.
While Jake was a little disappointed that there weren’t actually any dancing pigs in the restaurant (OK, maybe I shouldn’t have told him that), we all really loved the food and will definitely be back again to get a fix of fresh BBQ.
Dancing Pig BBQ is open Tuesday-Saturday from 11 am – 8 pm and Sunday from 11 am – 7:30 pm. (Closed Mondays.)
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