The Wandering Que’s Ari White Crowned 2016 Brisket King of NYC

Ari White (left) of The Wandering Que was crowned 2016 Brisket King of NYC.

Ari White (left) of The Wandering Que was crowned 2016 Brisket King of NYC.

It was another amazing night of “kosher bacon” loveliness as we crowned a new King of Brisket! On Wednesday, March 16th, Texas-born Ari White of Wondering Que was the Judge’s favorite, taking best in show for his Lamb Brisket.

Over the past few years, smoked BBQ has been getting the lion’s share of attention for brisket, but the NYC culinary scene is so much bigger and more diverse than just one meat tradition. This year we brought in craft butchers like Marlow and Daughters, Dickson’s Meats, East Village Meat Market, and Hudson and Charles to round out NYC’s diverse culinary heritage with brisket, pastrami and to no one’s surprise the (kosher) Wander Que came out on top.

Winners in all categories:

Smoked category
Runner up: Izzy’s Brooklyn Smokehouse
1st prize: Blue Smoke

Brisket Innovation category
Runner up: Pitmaster Robbie Richter
1st Prize: Cannibal

Cured category
Runner up: Marlow & Daughters
1st Prize: The Wandering Que

Brisket King of NYC
Runner up: Izzy Eidelman of Izzy’s Brooklyn Smokehouse
Brisket King of NYC 2016: Ari White of The Wandering Que

Some other favorite dishes of the night:


                                   Dickson’s Meats Whole Roast Beef Chuck



Hudson and Charles’ 5-spice Brisket (plus Jay Fox gave a beef butchering demo)
East Village Meat Market’s Brisket “Ham” (aka corned beef)
Marlow and Daughters’ Brisket “Dip” Sandwich
Robbie Richter’s Brisket Bahn Mi Tea Sandwich
Doug Keiles’ Brisket Cream Puffs













Get tickets now for 2016 Brisket King of NYC, taking place on Wednesday, March 16th, at Sanders Studios (Brooklyn) from 6-9:30PM


JFox_Butchering“Meat” 2015’s Best Butcher of NYC Jay Fox, who will be carving up a whole beef shoulder at this year’s Brisket King of NYC.

When this artisan butcher comes to Brisket King of NYC on Wednesday, March 16th, the thing he’ll most be looking forward to isn’t winning the crown in the fifth annual “kosher bacon” competition. What he’s most anticipating is being at the center of an incredible beef carving demo as he brings an entire beef chuck shoulder to the event.

“I don’t remember ever seeing a public beef butchering event,” Fox noted earlier this month while removing the cheeks from a beef head at his butcher shop, Hudson and Charles, in the West Village. “People do pig carving demos, but a cow is just so big.”

Fox is one of NYC’s many emerging “meat chefs” who are interested not just in great recipes but the actual meat and artisan practices of craft butchery. His beef is grass-fed and grass-finished from a Finger Lakes farm he works with exclusively.

This “Battle of the Meats” continues to show off both new and established meat chefs and this year we expect to have 20+ chefs and butchers all competing for the glory of beef! Confirmed chefs/restaurants thus far include (subject to change):

As part of our continuing pursuit of working with local farms, we will be creating a special sustainable meat/butchering demo with Slow Money NYC; WÜSTHOF will provide awards for best brisket in several categories along with the award for the new Brisket King.

Also included in the all-access ticket: specialty craft beer and an Indie Spirits line-up curated by Modern Distillery Age Magazine. Also we’ll have Ciders of Spain Avalon from Asturias, produced by Trabanco. All in attendance will enjoy three+ hours of some of the city’s best brisketeers, beer, wine and spirits!

Get your tickets here ($90/pp) and be sure to check out the city’s first public beef carving demo at Brisket King of NYC!
















This year’s signature meat event will harken to the rich ethnic culinary heritage of New York City, focusing on up-and-coming meat chefs and artisan butchers who will deliver fresh takes on “the Kosher Bacon” that is brisket. Celebrating our city’s great meat culture, this year’s entries will include everything from traditional brisket to Jewish-style meats to Asian influenced BBQ.

Among the special features for this year’s event will be a beef carving demo by J. Fox of Hudson & Charles, who will be bringing a whole beef shoulder to the event! Your ticket includes the demo, along with all-you-can-eat brisket and all-you-can-drink beer and spirits.

Our first four years of Brisket King of NYC introduced the public to new chefs (John Brown Smokehouse in 2012; Daniel Delaney of Delaney BBQ won in 2013) chefs putting a unique spin on brisket (Will Horowitz, 2014) and established BBQ masters (Billy Durney of Hometown BBQ is the reigning King). This “Battle of the Meats” continues to show off both new and established meat chefs and this year we expect to have 20+ chefs and butchers all competing for the glory of beef! Confirmed chefs/restaurants thus far include (subject to change):

As part of our continuing pursuit of working with local farms, we will be creating a special sustainable meat/butchering demo with Slow Money NYC; WÜSTHOF will provide awards for best brisket in several categories along with the award for the new Brisket King.

Also included in the all-access ticket: specialty craft beer and an Indie Spirits line-up curated by Modern Distillery Age Magazine. This year we are also selling a limited number of VIP tables for six. All in attendance will enjoy three+ hours of some of the city’s best brisketeers, beer, wine and spirits!

ALL-INCLUSIVE early bird tickets are $70 and available here. And be sure to check back closer to the event for updates.











Brisket King of NYC Returns Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

What others are saying:
“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

We’re in a new and bigger space this year at Sanders Studios, which will allow us to bring even more meaty awesomeness and possibly a “Brisket” week with details to follow. Expect two dozen chefs, plus spirits, wine, beer and VIP areas.

ALL-INCLUSIVE early bird tickets are $70 and available here. And be sure to check back closer to the event for updates.

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

































From 2015:

Photo courtesy of Chopsticks and Marrow.

The winning brisket from Hometown BBQ. Photo courtesy of Chopsticks and Marrow.

On Monday, March 16th, we crowned a brand-new Brisket King of NYC! The bragging rights went to Pitmaster Billy Durney of Hometown BBQ (Red Hook, Brooklyn) with his traditional smoked brisket.

Winners include:

  • 1st place Smoked Category + 2015 Brisket King of NYC: Billy Durney of Hometown BBQ
  • 2nd place Smoked Category: Matt Fisher, Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue, with Brisket Bulgogi
  • 1st place Innovation Category: Ari White, Wandering Que, with Sous Vide Brisket Nigiri with Lamb Bacon
  • 2nd place Innovation Category: Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue
  • 1st place Cured Category: Bacsynski’s East Village Meat Market
  • Honorable Mention: Morgan’s BBQ (Brooklyn)

For more photos, check out Local Bozo’s gallery here.





Brisket King returns for a third year to a larger venue! Where else to crown the King of Brisket than in Kings County? That’s right, we’re heading for Brooklyn (Fort Greene) where 20+ chefs will compete for the glory of beef! Anticipated chefs/restaurants to be present (subject to change):

  • Food Network Kitchens
  • Beast of Bourbon in Brooklyn
  • Chef Paul Denamiel
  • Ben’s Best
  • Hill Country BBQ
  • Kimchi Smoke/Robert Cho
  • Hometown BBQ
  • Chef Brian Perrone (Slows in Detroit, MI)
  • Morgan’s BBQ
  • Pig Guy NYC
  • The Wandering Que
  • Dinosaur BBQ
  • Ben’s Best Deli (Rego Park, Queens)
  • Fletcher’s Brooklyn BBQ
  • Chef Jesse Jones
  • East Village Meat Market with chef David Navarro of Jimmy’s No. 43

In addition, we’ll have 15+ distilleries curated by Modern Distillery Age:

  • Tap Whisky
  • Brinley Gold Shipwreck Spiced Rum, Coffee Rum & Vanilla Rum
  • Meletti 1870, Amaro & Cioccolato (Market Street Spirits – Opici)
  • Teeling Irish Whiskey
  • Michter’s Whiskey (Chatham Imports)
  • Menage a Trois Vodka (Trinchero Family Estates)
  • Pig’s Nose and Sheep Dip Blended Scotch Whisky, Sheep Dip Blended Islay Malt and The Feathery Blended Malt (all Frederick Wildman & Sons)
  • Tito’s Vodka
  • 4 Roses Bourbon
  • Proof Positive Beverages (Golden Moon, Merlet, and Brovo Spirits)
  • Scorpion Mezcal

ConeyIslandLogoPlus we’ll have both people’s choice and judges awards (special guest judges to include author Stevie Pierson [The Brisket Book], reps from Katz’s Deli, and chefs and personalities from The Food Network). Plus craft beer from Coney Island Brewing.

Tickets available now.

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.

Brisket King of NYC

Food Karma Projects is happy to announce its first big meat event of 2012: A Brisket A Brasket returns on Monday, February 27th, this year renamed to Brisket King of NYC. We’ll be crowning the winner at a larger venue (Santos Party House at 96 Lafayette Street). After the success of last year’s subdued affair, we are pulling out all the stops with 10+ chefs and farms/food purveyors, including Thomas Perone (Joseph Catering), Will Horowitz of Ducks Eatery, Chef Jessica Wilson with High Point Farms (Trumansburg, NY), Chef Joe Dobias, Murray’s Cheese, Sam Ullman with Hudson Valley Harvest (NY State grass fed beef), Chef Emma Feigenbaum, Eric Johnson aka Mr. Bobo, Chef Robbie Richter, John Brown Smokehouse, The KitchenNYC’s Patrick Connolly, and additional co-host Jimmy’s No. 43. More chefs TBA.

Co-hosts, Gastropolis editor Annie Hauck and Food Network Kitchen’s Jake Schiffman, will help add a new special feature to this year’s event: artisanal spirits tastings curated by Modern Distillery Age. Plans are to have 5-6 local artisanal spirits, including Catskills Peace Vodka, Square One Organic Spirits, Dutch’s Spirits, Finger Lakes Distilling, Tuthilltown Spirits, Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery, and LiV – Long Island Spirits. Wine, craft beer and a cash bar will be available.

Of special note, “Brisket King of NYC” has attracted some of the top food authorities to serve as judges that will include Charles Granquist (Food Network special events), Cricket Azima (a judge at last year’s event), four-time James Beard Award winner Rozanne Gold, Mark Russ Federman of Russ and Daughters, Joe Distefano (a.k.a. Joey Deckle), Rev. Ciancio from Idle Hands Bar/, Robin Maii (chef/professor at Kingsborough Community College’s culinary department), Chef Paul Denamiel (Le Rivage), and Peter Kaminsky (author of Culinary Intelligence: The Art of Eating Healthy [And Really Well]).

Winning chefs will get prizes courtesy of Anolon Nouvelle, Wüsthof and Microplane based on both the Judges’ decisions and People’s Choice awards.

The event runs from 6:30-10 p.m. and will include special Catskill Peace Vodka cocktails (a CPV Pickleback Martini Shot and a CPV “Bullshot” made with brisket juice from the event). A limited number of $55 tickets available now! A portion of the proceeds benefits New Amsterdam Market.