New Barbecue Pit
100 N Washington Ave, Bergenfield, NJ
Recently I was depressed to hear that one of my favorite local ice cream places, CustardThing, had closed down. I was aware that the location was on the real estate market for some time, but I was in denial that the place would eventually shut down. When I saw that a “barbecue” place had recently opened up in its place, I said to myself, “Oh, great. Another one of those places where they boil the ribs, slap some sauce on it and call it barbecue.”
Well thankfully, I was wrong. New Barbecue Pit is actually a Filipino barbecue place, which is a legit form of barbecue that is practiced in the Pacific Rim. It’s owned by the Cancio family, who previously owned another barbecue take-out restaurant further down on Washington avenue, but in a more inconvenient location. The new location has ample parking with indoor and outdoor table seating and allows the family to offer more menu items. The specialty of the restaurant is Lechón, or whole roasted pig, with a crispy skin. The process is similar to the Cuban technique known as Caja China, by which an entire pig can be cooked in 3 or 4 hours in a special roasting box. In addition to the Lechón, New Barbecue Pit has other Filipino specialties such as ribs and chicken which are charcoal grilled and basted in a lip-smacking sweet Teriyaki-style sauce.
Barbecue Pit Storefront on Washington Avenue in Bergenfield. Parking is in the rear.
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The Menu. Click here for close-up.
Two different types of rice are offered at the restaurant for take-out, Garlic and Jasmine. Yellow rice can also be ordered for large catering orders.
Rice cooker closeup.
Garlic Rice closeup
The dining room has a few tables where you can sit in and eat.
The steam table has all sorts of freshly-made dishes ready to go.
BBQ Pork on a Stick.
Racks of Lechón cooling.
Carlos Cancio and his son Louie run the restaurant. He brought out a whole BBQ pig to show me.
Another look at the whole piggie, with crispy skin
Pig head closeup.
A plate of Lechón, with pieces of crispy skin
BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich, made from the whole pig.
Lumpiang Shanghai are miniature spring rolls filled with ground pork, minced onion, carrots, and spices with the mixture held together by beaten egg. They’re similar to Vietnamese Cha Gio.
Satay, charcoal grilled chicken on a stick, with Teriyaki sauce.
BBQ Spare Ribs.
Half BBQ chicken, with Teriyaki BBQ sauce.
Mixed appetizer plate, with Lumpia, Satay, and BBQ rib.