One of NJ’s best BBQ joints is expanding nationwide

September 1, 2017 - bbq set

Red White Que Smokehouse started as a common hole-in-the-wall BBQ corner in Kearny final year.

It’s about to go nationwide. 

Watch out, Famous Dave’s.

Red White Que, named by as “New Jersey’s best BBQ newcomer” in May 2016 and a state’s best BBQ corner by Thrillist after that year, skeleton to have 55 locations, many in New Jersey, by a finish of 2019.

Seven are open — Kearny, Scotch Plains, Randolph, Manahawkin, Barnegat, Little Egg Harbor and Easton, Pa. A RWQ in Carteret is scheduled to open subsequent spring. Locations in Ohio and New York are being scouted. 

“We’re looking all over (in New Jersey),” says co-owner Katie Misuraca. “Lawrenceville, Springfield, Raritan (Township). We would like to be in Monmouth County. I’m from Monmouth County. My mom would be happy.”

“We wish to be a go-to grill place in New Jersey,” says co-owner Dan Misuraca, Katie’s husband.

According to one estimate, 60 percent of new restaurants don’t final over 3 years. Red White Que seems good forward of a curve.  

“We wish to plant a dwindle in California,” Dan Misuraca says of a Brentwood, Cal. RWQ plcae set to open this year. The son of one of his investors/co-owners lives there.

The “flag” anxiety also fits since Misuraca is a Marine veteran, one who wants Red White Que to be N.J.’s BBQ go-to and assistance veterans along a way. RWQ hosts pig roasts where veterans eat giveaway interjection to patron donations to RWQ’s “Buy a Vet a Meal” program. About 15 full-time employees are vets; John Easterday started as a dishwasher in Kearny and is now a array master during a Scotch Plains RWQ.

RWQ’s staff of 150 know what is uppermost — that grill “takes discipline,” according to Katie. “You can’t make a mistake.”

“When those briskets are entrance off, we have to be here during 6 a.m,” Dan adds.

They met over shoes. Dan was a district manager for Journeys footwear store in Manhattan; Katie worked for a tradesman during several Jersey malls, afterwards changed to a chain’s 14th travel store.

After Hurricane Sandy hit, she and other 14th Street staffers were sent to assistance during a 34th Street store, where Dan was based. They strike it off. She bought him a smoker as a housewarming present for their new home. He started cooking ‘cue during parties, and dripping adult smoker believe online.

The branch indicate came when Dan hosted a five-day reunion with his Marine buddies during his home, a gratifying party/BBQ hoedown that concerned 3 fry pigs.

“I told Katie, we chuck unequivocally good parties, we prepare for a lot of people, because can’t we open a small grill place?” Dan recalled.

The Kearny RWQ non-stop in February, 2016. The Scotch Plains RWQ, in a former Jimmy Buff’s on Route 22, non-stop in Jan of this year. Accolades followed. Guy Fieri “discovered” RWQ; a BBQ corner will seem on “Guy’s Big Project,’‘ a Food Network show, this fall.    

RWQ’s duration expansion is due in vast partial to Group One Investments, whose principals, Ed Danberry and Ron DeLucia, are RWQ co-owners. Group One has partnered with OTG to yield warehousing, smoothness and construction during 5 airports, including Newark Liberty International.

“He came in one day, said, ‘I adore what you’re doing; do we wish to open a lot of these?’ ” Dan Misuraca pronounced of Danberry.

What RWQ is doing is good barbecue, in an amalgam of informal styles. Texas-style brisket. St. Louis cut dry-rubbed ribs. Carolina pulled pork. The salsas embody Sweet Que, peppers vinegar, mustard vinegar, Alabama White (mayo and vinegar), peppers espresso and Devil Dog’s Spit, a sharp BBQ sauce.

The vinegar coleslaw and nation character potato salad are formed on a recipe from Dan’s Aunt Neddy. The mac and cheese is Katie’s; Dan claims a collards.   

RWQ locations also are a hodgepodge. Kearny stays a hole-in-the-wall. Little Egg Harbor and Manahawkin are takeout only. Barnegat, with a seating ability of 60 and prolonged community tables, “is a initial genuine chronicle of a food hall,” says Katie Misuraca. It’s in a former Shore Fire Grille location. 

Service flags accoutre a wall of a Barnegat RWQ; a 48-star American dwindle Katie found during a Columbus Farmers Market stretches opposite another wall.  

So where does RWQ see itself in 5 years?

“Nationwide chain,” Dan replies quickly.

“But we wish people to know it will still be us (as owners),” says Katie, emphasizing RWQ will not be franchised. “We’ll always be mom-and-pop.”

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