Brisket King® NYC 2023 Recap

NJ’s Wildwoods BBQ Wins Brisket King NYC 2023

Brisket King NYC 2023 Winner - Photo by Anthony Scerri
The Wildwoods BBQ team won Brisket King NYC 2023. (Photo by Anthony Scerri / Smoke Sweats)

On Wednesday night, a new Brisket King was crowned. The team behind newcomer Wildwoods BBQ in North Wildwood, NJ, won both the top prize and People’s Choice trophies at Brisket King NYC, beating out several past winners. Held this year at Pig Beach NYC in Queens, Brisket King attracted hundreds of barbecue fans who were able to try a fantastic assortment of smoked brisket, sides, and drinks.

Brisket King NYC 2023 Winner - Photo by Sean Ludwig
The winning brisket from Wildwoods BBQ. (Photo by Sean Ludwig)

Wildwoods BBQ was a frontrunner going into Brisket King based on pedigree. Led by pitmasters David Gill and Joel Romano, Wildwoods BBQ opened in mid-2021 and has since become a Jersey Shore favorite for smoked meats and creative sides. Gill previously ran the pits at renowned Hometown BBQ in Brooklyn, and he had been mentored by previous Brisket King winner Billy Durney. Romano was the executive chef for The Goat’s Beard in Philadelphia for eight years.

The runner-up trophy was awarded to pitmaster Bret Lunsford of Blue Smoke in Manhattan, who has wowed the crowds in the past with his authentic, tender Texas-style brisket. His brisket was served over gooey, tasty mac and cheese, which was one of the night’s best sides. Blue Smoke in Battery Park City is one of the best places to eat brisket in NYC, so the award was well deserved.

Read on for all the winners and more from NYCBBQ.

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