A 1998 photo of Memphis Pig Out, a fixture of the Jersey Shore barbecue scene. The restaurant will be closing in May.
Atlantic Highlands’ Memphis Pig Out, a Jersey Shore favorite for hickory-smoked ribs, expertly-seasoned pulled pork and kitschy decor, is closing its doors after 32 years, its owners tell the Asbury Park Press.
Mark and Connie Strassburg, 70 and 69 respectively, sold the building and its liquor license to an as-yet-unnamed restaurateur and plan to close in late May and take a well-deserved break.
Recently, Connie tells APP.com, “I found myself making potato salad in the kitchen and I saw a couple our age riding by on bicycles, and I said, ‘What’s wrong with this picture?’ They’re riding with smiles on their faces and I’m mired up in mayonnaise … We don’t have anybody to inherit it and we’ve got other adventures we want to do.”
But their recipes aren’t for sale, and she says it’s possible they may open a small, take-out shop at some point.
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Memphis Pig Out may have been a novelty when it opened in 1985, today New Jersey is no longer the barbecue hinterlands. In NJ.com’s 2016 roundup of the best barbecue in the state, we recommended several Shore destinations, including Belmar’s Jersey Shore BBQ, Local Smoke in Neptune City and Red Bank, and Back Bay Barbecue in Egg Harbor Township.