And The Golden Calf Goes To…

Congratulations to Sruly “Izzy” Eidelman of Izzy’s BBQ Addiction in Crown Heights, who won the 2017 Brisket King of NYC with his traditional Kosher brisket.

  • 1st Place and new Brisket King: Izzy’s BBQ Addiction
  • 2nd Place: Mighty Quinn’s BBQ
  • 3rd Place: Blue Smoke

Be sure to visit our Facebook page for photos from the big night.


Thank you to the Food Sciences Academy of Long Island University, along with all our chefs, staff and sponsors for another great year!

2017 Brisket King of NYC Early Bird Tickets On Sale Now



What others are saying:
“The brisket master hopefuls of the 2017 edition of Brisket King of NYC will have their smoked meats judged by a particularly big name in barbecue this year: Aaron Franklin, arguably the hottest pitmaster in barbecue today. ” - Eater preview, 4/3/17

“Some of the city’s best barbecue joints are participating—including Blue Smoke, Dinosaur BBQ and Mighty Quinn’s, which will all likely be bringing their own proprietary smoked meats—but there are some non-barbecue folks throwing their briskets into the smoker.”Gothamist preview, 4/4/17

The sixth annual Brisket King of NYC will be adding a “Golden Calf” trophy to the King’s Crown. This year’s event is on Wednesday, April 19th, from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. and is being hosted by the Food Sciences Academy of Long Island University Brooklyn (located in Downtown Brooklyn at the corner of Flatbush and DeKalb).

This year’s event will offer new awards for the top three chefs and the number of chefs will expand to 25. Special celebrity judges will now sample each brisket entry in a sequestered pre-event judging just before doors open to the public. The judges—to be led by Daniel Vaughn, Barbecue Editor of Texas Monthly—will be announcing cash awards for the top three best briskets, with people’s choice favorites in different categories, and the soon-to-be-coveted Golden Calf Best Brisket statue presented to our new Brisket King. Already chefs/restaurants are lining up, including (subject to change):

  • Cherry Street BBQ from Toronto, Canada
  • Hill County BBQ’s Chef Ash Fulk
  • El Atoradero
  • Hudson & Charles – Jay Fox
  • M. Wells Steakhouse
  • Tchoup Shop’s Simon Glenn
  • Dinosaur BBQ
  • Izzy’s BBQ Addiction (2016 Brisket King runner-up)
  • Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque
  • Ornella Trattoria
  • Blue Smoke
  • Kimchi Smoke Barbecue (Chef Robert Cho)
  • LOOK by Plant Love House
  • Pitmaster Robbie Richter
  • Morgan’s BBQ
  • Butcher Bar
  • Jimmy’s No. 43 with East Village Meat Market
  • Chef Jesse Jones
  • Willie B’s
  • Randall’s BBQ
  • Catskill Food Company with Jonah Shaw (using beef sourced from Slope Farm)
  • Many more to come…

Co-founder and host Jimmy Carbone (Jimmy’s No. 43, Food Karma Projects) is working with 2015 Brisket King Billy Durney of Hometown BBQ to allow for more variety in the chefs’ dishes. “There are many different brisket traditions, but there’s also a lot of innovation. Last year’s winner—The Wandering Que’s Ari White—won with a kosher lamb brisket. We hope to expand this notion of what brisket it supposed to be.”

In addition to Carbone and Durney, other co-hosts of the event include Brisket King co-founder Jake Schiffman (The Food Network), Jonathan Deutsch (Drexel University), Annie Hauck-Lawson (Mompost), Mory Thomas (f/o Food Network), Cricket Azima (Kids Food Festival) and Brisket Kings Dan Delaney (Delaney BBQ) and Billy Durney. This year’s sponsors include WÜSTHOF and Guinness. The charity partners are Brooklyn Rescue Mission (Community Garden and Food Pantry) and Heritage Radio Network.

This year’s judges will include:

In addition to unlimited brisket samples, all-inclusive tickets will offer plenty of craft beer, cider and signature cocktails from artisan spirit makers Queens Courage and High West Whiskey, among others. Spirits producers are being curated by Modern Distillery Age and will include:

  • Tito’s Vodka
  • Queens Courage
  • High West Whiskey
  • Royal Wine Corp.
  • Catskill Provisions
  • Port Morris Distillery
  • Prohibition Distillery
  • Filibuster Bourbon
  • Empire Spirits Project

Looking to compete or interested in being a sponsor? E-mail us today and we’ll reply with more information.

From past years:

“The now annual ‘Brisket King’ competition has become a late winter staple amid New York City eventgoers, growing larger and larger with each passing year. With more than a dozen options to choose from – and with the many big names representing New York’s barbecue scene – it’s no surprise that the crown is such a highly sought after achievement.”Local Bozo review of 2015 Brisket King of NYC

Brisket King of NYC Returns!

Tickets are now available (get Early Bird here) for 2014’s best meat event, Brisket King of NYC! VENUE CHANGE: This event will be taking place at The Firehouse (87 Lafayette) on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM!

Tickets are selling fast, and we’ve yet to announce the full spirits line-up curated by Modern Distillery Age Magazine (stay tuned.)

If you came last year, you know that this is the brisket event of the year! You’ll get special VIP access to some of the city’s best brisketeers, with three hours of beef, beer, wine and spirits! This year’s confirmed chefs will include:

Among the already confirmed chefs:

Fletcher’s Brooklyn BBQ
East Village Meat Market
The Butcher Bar
Hudson Valley Harvest
Duck’s Eatery
Dinosaur BBQ
Simon Glenn of Tchoup Shop
Clay Gordon
Emma Feigenbaum
Joe and Mrs. Doe
Chef Jesse Jones
Brian Perrone of Slows (Detroit)
The Wandering Que (Kosher)
Kutshers Tribeca
plus Special Guest and 2013 winner Dan Delaney of BrisketTown will be mingling with partiers!
Many more to come…

Celebrity judges include:

Peter Kaminsky (Bacon Nation)
Stevie Pierson (The Brisket Book)
Jimmy Carbone, Jimmy’s No. 43
Annie Hauck-Lawson (Gastropolis)
Jacob Schiffman, The Food Network
Rozanne Gold, James Beard Award-winning chef

Plus Tito’s Vodka and Lagunitas all night long! Additional details to follow.

Preview of Brisket King of NYC 2013



No tickets will be available at the door.

Get in on our early bird ticket prices and save. We’re offering both VIP and general admission tickets to Brisket King of NYC 2013 on February 20th, 2013 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Santos Party House at a substantial discount. Put a little brisket in your new year.

Confirmed participants include:

  • 2012 Brisket King of NYC John Brown Smokehouse
  • John Stage, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
  • Hugh Mangum, Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque
  • Daniel Delaney, BrisketTown
  • Will Horowitz, Ducks Eatery
  • Lee Scheffler, Chef de Cuisine at Sarabeth’s
  • Simon Glenn, Tchoup Shop
  • Ari White, Pitboss of Hakadosh BBQ & Texas Roadside Smokehouse
  • Matt Fisher, Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue Pitmaster
  • Chef Paul, MangoSeed Restaurant
  • Andrew Burman, Taboonette
  • Chef Robbie Richter
  • Melt Shop Grilled Cheese
  • East Village Meat Market
  • Møsefund Farm’s Mangalitsa Pork Brisket will team with a guest chef TBA
  • Jimmy’s No. 43 will team with High Point Farms
  • Hudson Valley Harvest will team with an upstate farmer
  • Adirondack Grazers Grassfed Beef Co-Op will team with a guest chef TBA
  • With additional BBQ chefs and food purveyors TBA

This event will be co-hosted by:

  • Jacob Schiffman, The Food Network
  • Annie Hauck-Lawson, Brooklyn Mompost and “Gastropolis: Food and NYC”
  • Jimmy Carbone, Jimmy’s No. 43

Confirmed judges include:

  • Matt Bean, Sports Illustrated
  • Rozanne Gold, Award-winning Chef and Author
  • Peter Kaminsky, “Culinary Intelligence” and the upcoming “Bacon Nation”
  • Julia Moskin, The New York Times
  • Brian Perrone, Slows Bar B Q, Detroit, MI
  • Stevie Pierson, “The Brisket Book”
  • Mory Thomas, The Food Network

Exclusive beverage purveyors include:

  • Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma, CA
  • Asturian Ciders of Spain from Rowan Imports
  • Indie Spirits Curated by Modern Distillery Age Magazine including:
    • Cayrum
    • Koval Distillery
    • Tequila Semental
    • Tito’s Handmade Vodka
    • Tuthilltown Spirits
    • Warwick Valley Distillery

And check out Stevie Pierson’s “The Brisket Book: A Love Story with Recipes”:

Sustainable Meat Distribution with FSNYC

Happening Tonight – November 28th from 6:30-8:30 p.m.!

Food Systems Network NYC’s annual meat panel Sustainable Meat Distribution: Channels and Challenges, the Second in a Series on Distribution, which was rescheduled due to Hurricane Sandy, will take place tonight, November 28th from 6:30-8:30 pm at Brooklyn Winery, (213 N. 8th St., Brooklyn, NY 11211). Moderated by Mary Cleaver (Founder and President, Green Table + Cleaver Co.), FSNYC’s 2nd annual Meat Panel will focus on the relationships and business practices that tackle the challenges of getting grass-fed meat from the farm and into the city.

For more details please visit the FSNYC website announcement.

The Meat Hook Sara Bigelow’s Butchering Demo for Hurricane Relief

The Meat Hook’s butcher, Sara Bigelow, hosted a small gathering in the snow last night, carving 1/2 steer for chefs to cook at tonight’s Modern Beefsteak & Spirits Celebration from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Hudson Terrace.**

The steer was sourced from Adirondack Grazers, a Washington County co-op of grass fed beef farmers. Representing the co-op was Sarah Teale, who regaled the group with stories about the various farmers in the cooperative (some family farms, hipster farms, old time farmers, etc.). Brooklyn Brewery donated some of their Oktoberfest (which went well with the carpaccio treat that Sara offered participants). Brooklyn Kitchen owner Harry Rosenblum and Jimmy Carbone rounded out the hosts, helping explain the transition of Meat Week NYC from an event to help farmers to an event to raise hurricane relief funds for the Rockaways.

If the pictures below are any indication, tonight’s spread at Hudson Terrace will be amazingly delicious!

**You can no longer buy tickets online, but you can pay $45 cash (or check made out to Rockaway Beach LLC). Hudson Terrace is located at 621 West 46th Street. 100% of tonight’s proceeds go to hurricane relief in the Rockaways.

Butcher Sara Bigelow breaks down 1/2 steer as Jimmy Carbone, Harry Rosenblum and Sarah Teale of Adirondack Grazers look on.

Beef Carpaccio! Delish!

Ngam, Chef Hong Thaimee, and FarmersWeb to Benefit Red Cross Hurricane Relief

As a participant of Meat Week NYC, Ngam will be donating 20% of all proceeds through Wednesday to the American Red Cross. Also on Wednesday, the restaurant is holding free cooking demo at noon to make Pad Thai for local shelters that they will deliver along with donated garments.
The word “love” frequently comes up when talking to Chef Hong Thaimee of Ngam, whether it’s an expressed love for the cuisine of her native Thailand, her love for fresh local ingredients, or the atmosphere of love she strives to create at her restaurant in Manhattan’s East Village where she serves modern Thai comfort food.
Having spent years laboring over her grandmother’s stove learning the fundamentals of Thai cuisine, Hong pooled her savings to travel to Paris, the Caribbean, and New York City in 2006. Her experience tasting and being exposed to a world of flavors influenced her style of home cooking, opening Ngam Restaurant in the heart of New York City’s East Village. Authentic Thai dishes like “Hung Lay” Braised Short Rib and Yum Jin Gai Very Rustic Chicken Soup embody Hong’s sensibility for serving locally and environmentally sourced ingredients, and introduce New Yorkers to traditional flavors from a professional American kitchen.
To help all of our restaurants build their pantries back up after the devastation of last week and power shortages, FarmersWeb is offering FREE delivery to all NYC buyers until Friday, and (in general) promoting the purchase of sustainable food from our featured farms to help build up New York’s local economy.

Meat Week NYC events to benefit Hurricane Sandy relief efforts!

Last year, Food Karma Projects created Meat Week NYC to support small livestock farmers upstate after Hurricane Irene tore through the region. Now post-Hurricane Sandy, we’re turning our focus to those in desperate need in the Rockaways.

Harry Rosenblum of The Brooklyn Kitchen/Meat Hook and other summer Rockaway Beach concession operators (Roberta’s, Rockaway Taco) are desperately raising urgent funds now for people in the Rockaways who have lost everything. Our meat will be purchased from Adirondack Grazers, a small co-op of grass fed beef farmers.

Among upcoming events, we’re committing all the ticket proceeds from our Modern Beefsteak & Spirits Celebration (Thursday, November 8th) to their efforts.

Please support the meat farmer and NYC establishments that have been struggling in the devastation from Hurricane Sandy. Great attendance at these events will help get local businesses back on their feet!

It’s time for carnivores to come together and celebrate sustainable meat! From November 3rd-11th 2012 NYC will celebrate all things beefy (and porky, lamby… oh, you get the idea). Celebrate local chefs, butchers and regional farmers by joining us for:

One of the key events of Meat Week NYC will be working with Adirondack Grazers Cooperative, a co-op of grass-fed beef farmers in Washington County, which will be bringing meat to several of the events including Modern Beefsteak & Spirits.

Two Small Farms Sign On For Meat Week NYC 2012

We’re happy to announce that two small farms will be sourcing pork and rabbit for the upcoming Meat Week NYC events.

Cascun Farm is a family run farm that strongly believes in providing their customers with the same high quality, all natural food they feed their own family. Cascun raises pastured chicken, turkey and goats as well as all natural rabbit. The chickens, turkeys and rabbits are processed on the farm, in Cascun’s own NYS inspected 5A processing facility. Cascun Farm takes pride in being able to control the quality of their chickens from day old chicks until the time they reach the customer’s table. The custom made feed used on the farm comes from a local feed mill that is non-medicated and has no animal by products. Cascun Farm’s animals are not given antibiotics or growth hormones, and the pastures are never sprayed.     

Clawhammer Farm is located in Lisle, NY, at the northern tip of Broome County. The farm’s 30 acres were once part of a large dairy farm; over the years it has been parceled out into smaller plots. In country-talk, Clawhammer Farm is known as a “hard luck” farm, since it is situated almost entirely on a hill and swampy valley. The pigs are heritage crosses (mostly Hampshire/Large Black/Duroc/ Tamworth) rotationally grazed on pasture and offered corn, soy and whey in addition to everything they find on their own. Clawhammer maintains its own breeding herd and almost always has a litter of piglets running around. All of Clawhammer’s animals are antibiotic- and hormone-free.

Women Know Pigs Meat Week NYC Preview

In celebration of the farmers, markets, and chefs who bring sustainable meat to our tables, Meat Week NYC (November 4th-10th) will feature tastings, parties, butchering and cooking demos, market tours, panels, and much more. As a preview to NYC Meat Week, Slow Food NYC will be producing Women Know Pigs, on October 23rd at 6 p.m., bringing together a woman pig farmer, a woman butcher, and a woman chef talk about the swine they’ve known working in traditionally male-dominated professions. Join pig farmer Becky Mumaw of Clawhammer Farm, butcher Sara Bigelow of The Meat Hook, and Chef Julia Sullivan of Haven’s Kitchen (where the event will be held), for a fun and delicious, educational event.

Half a humanely raised, heritage breed pig will be butchered for practical education and the other half will be prepared for gustatory enjoyment.  The pig will be accompanied by local wines selected for the occasion. The butchered cuts will be auctioned at the end of the evening for taking home (cash, checks, and credit cards accepted).

Proceeds from Women Know Pigs will support the programs of not-for-profit Slow Food NYC, including the Urban Harvest program of good food education for New York City kids at schools in the South Bronx and Harlem, on the Lower East Side, and in Brooklyn and at a summer urban farm in East New York. More than 1,000 kids learn about the importance of good, clean, and fair food to their health and well-being, the health of their families and communities, and the health of the planet.

Haven’s Kitchen is located at 109 West 17th Street (between 6th & 7th Aves.), and tickets can be purchased here.

Crown the King of "Kosher Bacon" for NYC's Best Brisket