Brisket King 2021

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We are excited to celebrate the 10th anniversary and 9th edition of Brisket King® NYC outdoors at Pig Beach in Gowanus, Brooklyn on April 21, 2021 at 6:00 PM. The all-inclusive event will feature 15 chefs and pitmasters cooking up the juiciest brisket you can find plus craft beer, hard cider and spirits. This will be an outdoor event, rain or shine, and follow all CDC guidelines including social distancing and mandatory mask wearing when not eating. Expect the variety of chefs and dishes you’ve come to love at past Brisket King events – just outdoors! After the awards are presented, stay for the afterparty and enjoy the food and drink at Pig Beach (not included in admission price). We are thankful for our community partner, Friends of Firefighters, and our venue host Pig Beach. A portion of the net proceeds will be donated to the Jeff Michner Foundation. Please buy your tickets early to support Food Karma Projects and make future events possible.

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2021 Participants:

Avellino Family Barbecue: Leland Avellino, Stamford, CT
Award winning pitmaster

Blue Smoke: Bret Lunsford, Manhattan, NY

Carlitos Tacos: Carlos Castillo, Paramus, NJ
2019 Competitor

Central City BBQJames Cruse, New Orleans, LA
Award winning pitmaster on the competitive barbecue circuit

Chef Jesse Concepts: Jesse Jones, NJ
Author of “Pow! My Life in 40 Feasts”

Friends of Firefighters: Firefighters Eric Howard and Aaron Clark plus Stephen Shea of Gramercy Ale HouseNY
FDNY Firefighter, chef and MasterChef Season 7 Top 8 Finalist Eric Howard and fellow FDNY Firefighter Aaron Clark are proud to represent community partner Friends of Firefighters!

Handsome Devil: Ed Randolph, Newburgh, NY
A six-time state BBQ championship award winner, NYCWFF Best BBQ Champion, Food Network CHOPPED champion, North Jersey BBQ Showcase winner and barbecue cookbook author

Hill Country BBQAsh Fulk & Seth Gurka, Manhattan, NY
Classic Texas ‘cue

Juicy Lucy BBQRichie Holmes, Staten Island, NY
The 2019 Brisket King winner is returning to defend the title!

Kimchi Smoke: Robert Austin Cho, Westwood, NJ
2019 People’s Choice Winner

Matt FisherFormerly of Fletcher’s Brooklyn BarbecueBrooklyn, NY
Winner of Pig Island NYC 2020 “Best Bite”

Gentle Giant Brewing CompanyMatt Worgul, Pearl River, NY

PulkiesHarris Mayer-Selinger, Manhattan, NY
“What is a food loving NYC jew to do without a smoker?” The answer lies in the fat.

Smokehouse Tailgate Grill: Michael Hofer, Westchester, NY

Queens BullyPitmasters Cesar Torres & Abe Reyes, Owners Rohan Aggarwal & Suraj Patel, Queens, NY
Smokin’ it up in QUEENS!

**list of chefs subject to change**


  • Beer and cider from Alementary, Bronx Brewery, Indian Ladder Farm, Romily, Original Sin and Austin Eastciders
  • Cocktails from Long Drink and Volley
  • Spirits from Knob Creek
  • Hot sauce tastings from Marie Sharpe’s

Tickets now on sale

VIP Tickets ($150 + fee) include an all-inclusive ticket with a one hour head start to taste the brisket and mingle with the chefs before general admission guests arrive plus guaranteed seating, a Brisket King t-shirt and a Cabot Cheese gift basket mailed to you. Only 100 VIP tickets are available and the offer is only good through March 15th.

VIP Tables ($1,250) include 8 all-inclusive tickets, designated seating, early access at 5:00 PM to chat with pitmasters and get the first bites of brisket, Brisket King t-shirts and a Cabot Cheese gift basket mailed to you.

Early Bird Tickets ($55 + fee) include an all-inclusive food and drink ticket at a discounted price for 6:00 PM general admission, discounted price only available through April 1.

General Admission ($60 + fee) include an all-inclusive food and drink ticket  for 6:00 PM admission.

No Refunds.

Rain or Shine.

21 and over.

More About Brisket King

You Don’t Want To Miss Brisket King 2020, NYC BBQ

Why Brisket King Is So Important to NYC’S BBQ Scene, NYC BBQ 


A special shout out to Billy Durney of Hometown BBQ, the original Brisket King in 2015. Thank you for all your support for our event over the last decade.

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