Mama's Southern Style BBQ for us, is about family cooking together to make the best food for your family. We are a family-owned and operated restaurant. Our Uncle first opened Mama's Southern Style BBQ in the year 1997. It was his dream to cook the recipes cultivated by generations of our family and share them with the world. He knew that if he opened Mama's people would come ...and so he did open Mama's... and so they did come time and time again.
In 2007, Nephew Chris Finnick took over as owner for us. That is where the 2 at the end of our name comes from. We made BBQ 2 official in 2008. Every morning you can find Chris at the market shopping for the freshest ingredients and then at the restaurant prepping for another busy day. We all, are still here cooking together as a family, keeping our dreams and traditions alive. We welcome you to come on over and taste our unique blend of flavors.
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Brisket, wings and ribs, oh my! These BBQ places have plenty to offer.By Eric Levin, Lauren Barbagallo, Mary Ann Castronovo Fusco and Tammy La Gorce | July 7, 2015
Mama’s Southern Style BBQ 2
“I haven’t met no one that came here just once,” says Chris Finnick, pitmaster since 2007 of this takeout establishment opened in 1997. The native Jerseyan taps his family’s Carolina roots to infuse sweet-and-sour style into barbecued chicken ($8.50), pork ribs ($8), beef short ribs ($9) and chopped pork ($8) sandwiches. His mother, the owner (“I just go by Mama”), says the pork gets a dry rub, is baked four hours, smoked in a coal-fired pit, chopped, then marinated overnight in her grandfather’s Carolina vinegar sauce. Pork ribs ($10 half rack, $20 whole) get a similar treatment. The menu includes fried chicken ($13), fried whiting, catfish, shrimp and tilapia as sandwiches or dinners. Add candied yams, collards, string beans or Spanish rice, among other sides. The tough choice is dessert. So many paths to perdition: sweet potato pie, banana pudding, peach cobbler, pineapple-coconut cake and more. Regulars know to call in their orders to shorten their waits in the tiny space. “It gets crowded here,” says Finnick. “There’s a lot of kitchen and no front.”—MACF
2181 Springfield Avenue, 908-687-0400.
QUICK BITE | UNION
By Kelly Feeney
Mama’s Southern Style B.B.Q. II, in the Vauxhall section of Union is a hidden hole-in-the-wall that attracts a steady clientele with its combination of Carolina-style barbecue and other Southern staples like fried chicken. Christopher Finnick and his wife, Nakeya, are the owners, with family members helping out.
At lunchtime, sandwiches include barbecued chicken or pork ribs ($7) and tender chopped barbecue ($7), softer than pulled pork and served on a roll with a spicy vinegar-based sauce. Try topping the barbecue sandwich in the traditional way with crunchy coleslaw ($2).
Dinner entrees — including fried chicken, chopped barbecue and barbecued pork ribs — are served with a choice of two sides and a piece of crumbly corn bread ($10 to $14). Seafood options include whiting, catfish and shrimp. Save room for a slice of light red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting ($3) or sweet-potato pie ($2.50).
For a meal on a larger scale, to be shared, there’s a rack of ribs ($16) or a whole barbecued chicken ($10); side dishes include creamy macaroni and cheese ($6 a pint), slow-simmered string beans ($5 a pint) and candied yams ($6 a pint).
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