Super Bowl BBQ

Fat Jack's BBQ brisket. Photo courtesy of Fat Jack's BBQ

This post was updated 1/30/18

I may not be a football fan but I do enjoy eating. Why not forgo the typical dips and chips and bring in barbecue for the game? Here’s a list of good places in Bucks. Call ahead and place your order soon!

Fat Jack’s BBQ (Morrisville). Fat Jack’s BBQ began in 1993 and now has 5 locations, the most recent in Morrisville, opening in November 2017. The reviews are good as they should be since Fat Jack’s has won more than 200 local and national awards, grand championships and state championships for ribs, shoulder, brisket, chili, wings, sauces and more. See their website or Facebook page for more information.

Hickory Kitchen wings and sauce; photo credit Lynne Goldman
Hickory Kitchen wings and sauce. Photo credit Lynne Goldman

Hickory Kitchen (Doylestown). This comfy BYOB place is right in the center of Doylestown at Main and Court Streets. In addition to great BBQ and the best wings, their diverse menu has “something for everyone.” See their website for more info and menu. 215.348.5170. See our post all about Hickory Kitchen and all about their wings, which are big and juicy.

Jesse’s Barbecue and Local Market (Souderton). Haven’t had a chance to try it but the reviews look good! See their website or Facebook page.

{more than}>Q (Lambertville). Serving all wood, slow smoked, Texas style BBQ featuring natural and organic meats, and soups and comfort foods made with local and organic produce when possible. Check their Facebook page for updates or call 609.773.0072.

Oink Johnson's BBQ_Jack making ribsOink Johnson’s Southern BBQ (Pipersville). This roadside truck sitting in the parking lot of Jack’s Dog Farm (don’t worry, no BBQ Golden Retriever) has become a local favorite. Jack is out most weekends March through November. I recommend everything — ribs, pulled pork, chicken and all the sides. Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only. On Route 611 in Pipersville, just north of Plumsteadville. 215.518.2056. [Note: He won’t be open for Super Bowl weekend but will reopen in April.]

Smoke’n Dudes (Bensalem). This caterer and supplier of high-end meats and barbecue products also offers their award-winning barbecue at their restaurant. See their website for the full catering menu and check their Facebook page for news.

Winckler's Ribs

Winckler’s Ribs (Morrisville). This place was suggested by a Bucks County Taste reader, and, boy, are we glad she told us about it. The ribs may not be what you are used to (a certain Kansas boy I know was not happy) but they are good. Because Mike Winckler braises them first, and then charbroils them, they are not dry and crunchy. But the meat is good, it falls off the bone and the sauce — is fantastic. I’m still trying to figure out what’s in it. Don’t leave there without getting an order of the crawfish hush puppies served with remoulade. Pick up a menu, because the website does not list everything. In Morrisville, just off Bridge St., on 46 Washington St. (if you are coming from the direction of Trenton, you’d make a right off of  Bridge St. onto Washington). Closed Mondays. 215.736.1102.

Correction February 14, 2011: Mike Winckler of Winckler’s Ribs contacted us with the following information. Thanks, Mike!

I do not boil my ribs as it says in your article. I use a braising process. (Braising is similar to cooking in a crock pot, where the liquid never sees a boil, and the cooking is slow, gentle and time-consuming.) We then use wood burning smoke (apple) in the final char-broiling process.

As a professional in the food business for forty years, I find that the process of dry rub and smoking a meat product, although good, does not produce the optimum results that can be achieved with the process that is used at Winckler’s Ribs. Thank you. Any Q’s contact: 215.736.1102.

This post was originally published 1/7/14

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  1. Have you tried the Cactus Grill for ribs? Delicious, Good Stuff! Really good classic rock bands too!
    I loved your list of best upper bucks wings, I think of myself as a wing connoisseur over the years and agree with most of your picks. We also have cabin fever, here in bedminster, and can’t wait to start working outside!

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