Mr. RBI and I popped over to JSBBQ in E.B. for lunch this afternoon. It's 10-15 minutes from our house. Much closer than Belmar. We've been to the original twice -- right after it opened 7 years ago and again in 2013. The first time, everything we had was terrific. The second time, unfortunately, the food was very disappointing. Still, I was happy to give it another try in E.B.
As we drove into the parking lot, we could smell the 'cue. While the interior in E.B. is a lot smaller than Belmar, there are quite a few table. No problem getting one since at 1:30 p.m., the only other customer was a woman getting take-out. During the time we were there, one other table became occupied.
Wanting a small lunch, we decided to share a half-rack of baby backs which came with a choice of two sides. We chose slaw and mac & cheese. Mr. RBI had diet Coke, and I had house made lemonade.
The ribs were extremely meaty and topped with a really tasty bbq sauce. Both sides were excellent. When we got our tray, I was surprised to see a small slice of cornbread and a few pickles since I didn't recall noticing anything on the menu board about them coming with the ribs + 2. The pickles were flavorful and crunchy. The cornbread was delicious though I wish it had been warm.
As we were eating, the owner -- I think his name is Doug -- brought over two pieces of kielbasa and some chopped meat (maybe brisket?) for us to taste. He said that meat is used for sandwiches. Both were very tasty, the kielbasa especially so.
Because of Doug's generosity, instead of finishing all the ribs, we saved two to take home and finished all the complimentary stuff. When we asked for a container for the ribs, he added two large slices of corned beef which he told us he'd prepared for Belmar's St. Patrick's Day Parade this past weekend. Can't wait to try it as it looks spectacular. We then decided to buy some slaw to take home as well. Lunch tomorrow!
Doug told us he remembered us from our first visit in Belmar. Truly amazing!
We will be back. Often.