The Portuguese community of the greater Newark area produces some kick- ass barbecue. While 'm not completely sure if it's actually smoked or just grilled, whatever they do comes out great. Much of it is minimally spiced and there is no sauce except on the side if you ask for it, but it is VERY good stuff. They have a ton of variety in their repertoire and I strongly recommend checking it out if you have not yet.
I would also like to congratulate the 2009 New Jersey State Barbecue Champion, Fat Angel
I'm sure he will be competing again at the 2010 New Jersey State Barbecue Championship, taking place this July in Wildwood.
Feel free to tune in next week when I actually smoke something. In closing here is a photo montage of many notable members of the NJ hall of fame. If you don't believe, look it up. I'll start with the famous recording artist and kung-fu master Shaquille O'neal