"Barbecue," in this neck of New Jersey, often summons the image of a Portuguese- or Brazilian-style churrasqueira, where meats are sizzled over a grill or on a rotisserie. At Red White & Que, which I first visited several years ago, not long after it opened on a tree-lined, otherwise residential block behind a high school, the bill of fare is "American Southern barbecue" — a phrase I heard repeated to numerous first-time visitors, less for clarification than as cheerleading.
The hit parade of styles includes pulled-to-order Carolina pork shoulder and Texas brisket with a fresh-cracked black pepper rub (first and second photos below). At the next table a fellow customer manhandled a rack of St. Louis ribs; an hour later, but too far away to turn back, I wished I'd made room for those, too. Also shown, from the annual Hamilton Park BBQ Festival in Jersey City: a whole hog sandwich dressed with sweet and vinegar sauces.
Red White & Que Smokehouse
266 Davis Ave. (King St.-Quincy Ave.), Kearny, New Jersey