BBQ Review

Well Dressed Hog (no longer in Dover NH)

16 Third Street

Dover, NH 03820

(603) 743-2278

  category: New Hampshire BBQ, Dover BBQ, Rochester BBQ





Well Dressed Hog is in downtown Dover, right next to the Strand Theatre on Third Street. It's a pretty cool area, with a used book and CD store across the street, a coffee house at the end of the block, and several antique stores in the vicinity. Inside, Well Dressed Hog is divided into two rooms: the main dining area and the bar area. Both sections have picnic tables as well as conventional deuces and four-tops; the bar also has stools and a TV. You seat yourself, then get table service.


The menu is basic barbecue, with two types of ribs (spares and babybacks), pulled pork, brisket, chicken and sausage. There are also some pub food staples like Buffalo wings, burgers, fries and onion rings.


Several 3-meat combos were available ($15-$17); I tried the Build Your Own Combo with pulled pork, spare ribs and brisket. The sauced spare ribs were very meaty and very dry, with not a whole lot of flavor. The pulled pork, though sauced, had no flavor. You know how you come home from the dentist after he gives you novacaine and you can't feel anything in your mouth? Trade touch for taste and that's their pulled pork. The brisket was pretty tender and flavorful, with some visible fat and moistness. It was grilled after smoking, with the grill marks looking like tire tracks over a dead body. There wasn't a sauce on the table, so I asked for some on the side. It was pretty average.


The sides weren't bad at all. I really liked the crunchy cole slaw that was just creamy enough and just tart enough, with some caraway thrown in to add flavor. The hand cut fries were dark but crisp and tasty. The beans, though soggy, were also pretty good.


The bottom line: Definitely not one of the better barbecue joints I've stumbled upon. I probably won't be back.



The sign shows promise.



Picnic tables add a casual touch.


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Meat combo with ribs, pork and brisket.



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Pork closeup.

Sides fared better than the meat.




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