Good Taste

Posted: August 09, 2007

Beach barbecue

There's plenty of plain old grilling down the Shore, but ribs ringed with the sweet pink halo of slow-smoked barbecue is a rarity by the sea. That's why residents of Long Beach Island are lucky this season. They now have a legitimate smoke pit, or at least the annex of one.

The Mason Jar, owned by Robert Belisonzi, Jr. gets daily deliveries from the father store in Mahwah, New Jersey, (actually owned by Belisonzi's father) where the ribs, butts and briskets slow-cook for hours in a hickory smoke haze. I didn't love some of the sides here (like the beans), but the ribs are heated to order, finished saucy K.C. style or with a dry Memphis rub. And they are the real deal.

- Craig LaBan

Half slab of Kansas City style ribs, $12.95 at the Mason Jar, the Boulevard and 30th St., Beach Haven Gardens; 609-492-6110.

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