Generally, we try to avoid Montclair restaurants because we prefer more economical, family-friendly places to eat. The Wood Pit, however, fits both those bills and is nestled in the upscale restaurant haven of Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. One of our YDKJ friends told us that he’d been going here for a while and that we needed to check it out. So, we took him up on the offer.
We tried the BBQ Sampler which has two wings, two pork ribs and sliced brisket along with two sides.
The brisket was amazing. Soft and tender with a nice layer of smoky goodness along the edges. That’s how brisket should be. I felt like I was in Alabama or something. This was down-home and Southern tasting. I wasn’t in the suburbs anymore. The pork ribs and wings I doused in both the hot and the REALLY hot sauces. I like really hot sauce so if you’re taste buds are faint of heart don’t try the really hot sauce. But, if you like a wild ride like me, then you should definitely ask for the crazy hot sauce. The owner, Lawrence, didn’t even offer it at first but luckily we knew to ask for it. He first gave us a little cup of it and then when we saw that we weren’t dying from it, he ended up bringing us a bottle of it. I love a restaurant that doesn’t have just the wimpy sauces available.
The sides we tried with the combo were the mac and cheese which was homemade and super-cheesy, the baked beans which tasted like they’d been simmering for days—really thick and flavorful, collard greens which were not bitter at all but were really spicy and delicious (they were the best collard greens I’ve ever had, actually), and the corn on the cob which was fresh and sweet.
Our friend who recommended the place had the chopped chicken which looked great and there was so much of it that he took about half home for lunch the next day. He said it was juicy and flavorful and definitely not an afterthought on the menu. He also had the mac and cheese but went with the yams as his second side. I sampled those and they were so sweet that they were dessert-like. Really, really candied—delicious!
Check out all the pictures from our dinner at The Wood Pit and go check it out if you want some really good, really authentic barbeque:
108-110 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair
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