#Newsflash | Yum! Queens to Host Huge BBQ Competition on April 26
BY QEDC It's In Queens
Top-notch pitmasters are getting ready to go head-to-head in a competition to create delicious BBQ and win a coveted crown.
Brisket King NYC 2023 will take place at Pig Beach in Astoria on Wednesday, April 26, from 5 pm to 9 pm.
Now in its twelfth year but in Queens for the first time, Brisket King NYC is a meat-centric feast during which attendees walk around sampling of a variety of BBQ, along with fiery artisanal sauces, local bourbons, whiskeys, brews, and accoutrements.
Ticket prices start at $55 with various options, including a VIP table. (Yelp, Queens will provide VIP swag bags featuring Elite Heat Hot Sauce.)
A partial list of competitors follows. (It will be updated as necessary.)
Bret Lunsford, Blue Smoke, Manhattan
Michelin-starred Chef Therdtus “Tony” Rittaprom, Zabb Pu Tawn NYC, Manhattan, paired with Singha
Robert Austin Cho, Kimchi Smoke, Westwood, NJ
Joey Machado, Texas Charcoal, Seguin, TX
Sean Keever, Big Guns BBQ, Hudson Valley, NY
David Gill, Wildwoods BBQ, Wildwood, NJ
Darlene Lawrence, Sands Jerk Hut, Brooklyn
Mario Chape, Big Papa Smoke ‘M, Bogota, NJ
Eli Goldman, Tikkun BBQ, NYC
Ruben Santana, Bark Barbecue, Brooklyn
Joe Musngi, SmoKING of Meats, Belleville, NJ
Cenobillo Canalizo, Morgan’s Brooklyn Barbecue, Brooklyn
Jase Franklin, Jase’s BBQ, NYC
Eric Vitale, Eazy’s Craft BBQ, Kenilworth, NJ
Jeff Schmidt, Hindsight BBQ, Waterbury, CT
Leland Avellino, Avellino Family BBQ, Norwalk, CT
Here are more lists.
Ramstein, Highpoint Brewing Company (NJ), Ramstein Helles Lager, Ramstein Rauch Bier
Montclair Brewery (NJ), Montclair National Emergency
Harlem Brewing Company (NYC) Harlem Renaissance Wit
Romilly Cidre, Normandy, France
Aval Cidre Artisanal, Bretagne, France
Brooklyn Cider House, Hudson Valley, NY
Bourbon, Whiskey + Vodka
New York Distilling Company, Brooklyn
Upstate Vodka, Charlottesville, NY
Maker’s Mark Bourbon + Whisky
Knob Creek Bourbon Whisky
Coney Island Saucery
Pig Beach began in Brooklyn’s Gowanus in 2015. The Astoria branch has operated at 35-37 36th St. for about 18 months. The 28,000-square-foot venue features dozens of wide-screen televisions, three premium bars, and a backyard beer garden outfitted with a 28-foot jumbotron, live music stage, and picnic table seating for hundreds.
A portion of the Brisket King NYC proceeds will go to the Jeff Michner Foundation. Michner was the Executive Chef of the first Pig Beach. In 2018, he passed away at age 36, leaving behind wife Sara, 16-month-old daughter Hayes, and twin sister Meghan, who’s married to Pig Beach’s Matt Abdoo.
Images: Miguel Rivas Photography/Brisket King NYC