Looking for a new restaurant to try this weekend? #HipNJ has got you covered. Bluff City BBQhas opened its doors in Montclair, and is serving up some Memphis-style BBQ and southern-inspired cooking.
Bluff City is the nickname for Memphis, Tennessee, which sits on the bluffs above the Mississippi River. Memphis is the distinctive style of barbecue served at this BYO, along with “a touch of soul,” Bluff City BBQ Owner and Culinary Director Scott Hermo states.
Memphis-style barbecue is traditionally pork-focused, dry-rubbed, smoked low and slow and served with Hermo’s house-made sweet-sour tomato- and vinegar-based sauce on the side. Executive Chef Pierre-Jerome has incorporated his trademark Southern/Creole flair throughout the menu.
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“The BBQ Sampler of pulled pork, ribs and brisket is a big hit, along with Fried Chicken and Shrimp and Grits,” Hermo says. “Mac and Cheese is also a crowd pleaser and kid favorite.” Popular desserts include Bananas Foster with Ice Cream and Chocolate Brownie, and decadent Bread Pudding w/Caramel Rum Sauce.
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The food isn’t the only handcrafted element at Bluff City BBQ. Hermo sourced and built most of the furniture and decor himself, salvaging antique wooden doors and lumber from in and around Montclair, refashioning them into tables and benches; and reclaiming tin ceiling panels, molding and porch posts that appear throughout the 90-seat space.