BEST BARBECUE: “Barbecue is so popular because it tastes good — it’s true American cooking. When it’s done the right way, slow-cooked with hard wood logs, it tenderizes, flavors, and adds a unique property you can’t get anywhere else.” “Smoke Chef Jeff” McKay (center), owner of Hambone Opera in the Trenton Farmers Market, is shown with staff members Amber Tomlinson (left) and Christine Brennan.
By Jean Stratton
“It tastes great, it smells great, and it’s fun to eat!”
This observation was recently made by a young visitor to Hambone Opera at 960 Spruce Street in the Trenton Farmers Market.
Opened in 2013, it has become a favorite of barbecue fans all over the area.
“People come in and tell me there’s no barbecue like mine,” reports owner “Smoke Chef Jeff” McKay. “It’s my ingredients. I use nothing but cherry wood logs in an offset fire box. Slow cooking is the key. more