There's no better way to beat the heat than with a little smoked barbecue. With Jersey City being one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world there are so many different kinds of barbecue to try around town. From Korean hot pot to down-home smoked meats this list has got you covered, so bring some napkins and your appetite because these places aren't playing around.
Zeppelin Hall Biergarten
This place has your classic fare barbecue, but don't let that fool you, their food is top-notch. From smoked wings to St. Louis-style ribs this place has got it all! And for those unsure of what to get try the "Butcher's Pick" which lets you chose 3 different barbecue options along with fries and house-made pickled onions. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, you can find fresh food on weekdays and Sunday until 11pm and weekends until midnight. 88 Liberty View Dr.
For authentic Austin, Texas-style barbecue look no further than Hamilton Pork. They've got everything you could want and if you're looking for spicy they've got an extensive Tex-Mex menu as well. You can't go wrong with the brisket taco, and to pair with, they've got sides for days. Open Sundays and Mondays until 10pm, the rest of the week until 11pm; stop by on Saturday or Sunday before 4pm for brunch. 247 10th St.
Carvao being Portuguese for the word "charcoal" is a ringer for this open-pit barbecue restaurant. Nestled in McGinley square this family-style barbecue restaurant needs your attention. They have everything you could want from seafood to sandwiches and all the barbecue you could need in between. This restaurant/bar offers some great daily deals like Barbecue Tuesday and Wing Monday including happy hour. Open every day until 2am. 686 Bergen Ave.
KPot Hot Pot and Barbecue
Craving Korean barbecue and Asian Hot Pot all at once? Look no further because KPot has got you! For the uninitiated Hot Pot soup is a family-style meal where you pick a delicious soup base and you throw in whatever vegetable, seafood, and meats your heart desires. The tables all have built-in pots and barbecue attachments coupled with all-you-can-eat options so you can both boil and barbecue to your heart's content. 414 Grand St.
Ghost Truck Kitchen
A new concept that took the idea of food trucks and turned it into a takeout/delivery-only barbecue spot. Great barbecue aside this place has excellent vegan options along with an entire list of items for that garlic lover in your life. 356 Varick St.
Carolyn's Soul Food
This Jamaican barbecue restaurant has been bringing down-home southern food to Jersey City for over 10 years. For authentic southern barbecue, there is no better place. Stop by any day but Monday or Tuesday and make sure to try the mac and cheese. 76 Orient Ave.
Abbey's Pub & Grill
Looking for a more mellow pub vibe, Abbey's has got you covered. Offering barbecue as well as a full pub menu and hookah this place is a one-stop-shop. 409 Monmouth St.
If you're looking for big eats give this place a try. Southern comfort food with a flare is served up a la Frito pie, biscuits, and gravy complete with burgers and vegan options. Brunch on the weekends makes South House an absolute must-try on this list. 149 Newark Ave.
This smokehouse and Biergarten has a number of things on the menu you're going to want to try. Between smoked wings, kielbasa, turkey, ribs—and did I mention donuts on the weekends? You might need to loosen your belt up a little for this one. 364 Marin Blvd.
American barbecue combined with Asian staples gives you this gem of a place just steps from the Exchange Place Path station. Between the bar snacks and the appetizers, you may not even make it to some of their excellent menu options such as Piggyback ribs, hickory-smoked chicken, and a number of sandwich options. 200 Hudson St.
A Jersey Shore native, Pat loves the water and all things summer. With a keen nose for food, you can find him pigging out on Chasu at Ani Ramen or trying to find a fantastic frozen drink in the downtown JC area.