BARNEGAT, NJ – Central Ocean County is quickly becoming the BBQ center of the Jersey Shore with places like Bill’s BBQ Shack, Firepit Grill, Brasas and now, Big Barlow’s BBQ and catering in Barnegat has put itself on the map as one of the BBQ leaders of New Jersey. The restaurant opened in 2019and has been winning awards since, including 2019 Bounty of the Bay, 2019 Best of Ocean County Wings and 2019 Best of Ocean County BBQ.
If you like big butts, you’ll love Big Barlow’s smoked butts.
The restaurant focuses on authentic American BBQ and focuses on catering and takeout services mostly. It is run by Chris Barlow Jr and his father, Pitmaster Chris Barlow, Sr. who operates the BBQ pit.
Due to COVID-19 the Barlows have had to cut their hours. They are now open Thursday, Friday and Saturday only.
The Barlows started their BBQ business as a food truck and last January opened a storefront in Barnegat which has been the secret buzz of the bbq world in New Jersey, until now, of course. You can find anything you would find a top-shelf Texas, Kansas City or Tennessee BBQ joint at Barlow’s.
St. Louis ribs, pulled pork, incredible chicken wings, brisket and more, smoked to perfection by Chris Barlow, Sr.
Here’s what people on Yelp! are saying about the restaurant.
“I was excited to see a new BBQ place open up near my home. It is sort of hidden. I stopped In at sat at the counter. The food was excellent and the staff was extremely friendly. The portions were large. The owner even gave me a few samples of different items to try,” wrote Adam K. of Brick.
“If you haven’t been yet, you need to get yo butt up off the couch and check it out!!! Food is a home run & girl at the counter couldn’t be more friendlier & courteous. Will definitely be a regular customer…thanks guys,” said George who drove down from Carteret.
“Stopped in on a recommendation from my son in law, and was glad I did. Small unassuming place. Extremely friendly staff. A counter with stools to sit, and one or two tables. AMAZING food,” said local Laura W.