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Our Story

Rochester’s BBQ and Grill is a family-owned restaurant that brings North Carolina BBQ to New Jersey. Our Kitchen is run by Chef Vincent Rochester II with 30+ years of cooking experience. Smoked Brisket, Grill Finished Ribs, and Deep-fried Chicken and Fish will take have you ready for a nap!


Vincent and Ernestine Rochester moved their growing family from Philadelphia, PA. to Lawnside, NJ in 1976.  They both were very active in the community where Vincent became a school board member to ensure every child received a quality education.


Ernestine was born in Rocky Mount, NC where the sweet and savory flavors of home cooking were a staple. Vincent has roots in St. Kitts and Bermuda and was raised in the Bronx, NY. That Caribbean flavor of heat and spice seasons the delicious cuisine served at Rochester's Barbeque and Grill. The home-cooked style of a Sunday meal is what you can look forward to every day. From the homemade sauce for the pork and beef ribs, the 3 cheeses indoctrinated in the mac n cheese, and the meatless seasoned collards are a tantalizing taste for all pallets. Chef's mother, Ernestine Rochester trained him to use food to share his love.  Any choice on the menu is food for the soul prepared with love.

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