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Rib King NYC 2019

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From our organizers:

Kick off summer at Rib King NYC, an all-inclusive food and drink event with outdoor space, sunset views, and more beef and pork ribs than you’ll know what to do with.

On Thursday, May 30th, join us in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for this event featuring ribs, beer, cider, spirits, and much more. We’ll have more than 15 pitmasters serving up their rib creations and competing for the title of Rib King 2019. Both Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice awards will be given out. There will be some non-pork items for those who don’t eat pork. We will also have a variety of craft beer, cider, and spirits, plus a special Mezcal section with smoky Mezcal margaritas.

There will be an outdoor section next to Williamsburg’s East River State Park, which has great sunset views over the East River of Manhattan. And we will have some incredible live music by The Dusty Wright Five too!

This year’s Rib King is produced by Food Karma Projects and curated by NYC BBQ, the best resource for all things barbecue in NYC. (Sign up for the NYC BBQ newsletter to stay in the know.)


Participants at Rib King NYC 2019 include:

  • Cash Only BBQ – Corey Cash

Cash Only BBQ is a relatively new operation out of Brooklyn that has lots of swagger and creativity and it is a favorite at local barbecue events. Owner Corey Cash had to recently close his small joint but plans to open a new one called Southbound later this year in Gowanus, Brooklyn.

  • Gentle Giant Brewing Company and Barbecue – Matt Worgul and Alex Recchia

Gentle Giant Brewing Company is an acclaimed microbrewery and barbecue joint, representing the best of Rockland County. If you’re looking for one of the best beer and barbecue pairings in the Tri-state area, look no further.

  • Hill Country Barbecue Market – Ash Fulk

Hill Country is one of NYC’s most important barbecue joints and one of the best you’ll find in Manhattan. Pitmaster Ash Fulk has been slinging great Texas-style BBQ for many years and previously competed on Bravo’s Top Chef.

  • Izzy’s Brooklyn Smokehouse – Izzy Eidelman

Izzy’s Brooklyn Smokehouse is the brainchild of Sruli “Izzy” Eidelman, a master of kosher barbecue and a previous winner of Brisket King NYC. He recently opened an outstanding kosher barbecue taqueria in Crown Heights and he is building an empire of inventive kosher restaurants.

  • Kimchi Smoke – Robert Austin Cho

Kimchi Smoke is one of the top barbecue joints in New Jersey. Pitmaster and owner Rob Cho blends Korean and American barbecue styles seamlessly and brings new ideas into his food. He most recently won People’s Choice and second place overall at Brisket King NYC.

  • Mable’s Smokehouse – Jeff Lutonsky and Meghan Love

Mable’s Smokehouse has been a popular barbecue staple in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for nearly 10 years. Jeff and Meghan offer a blend of Texas, Kansas City, and Oklahoma barbecue with an emphasis on brisket and ribs.

  • Morgan’s Brooklyn Barbecue – Cenobio Canalizo and Eric Springer

Morgan’s Brooklyn Barbecue moved to new ownership last year and executive chef Cenobio Canalizo and pitmaster Eric Springer have reinvigorated the menu. The dynamic duo will certainly bring their A game to Rib King.

Pig Beach NYC – Matt Abdoo

Pig Beach NYC has become one of the most exciting Brooklyn barbecue operations, with chef and pitmaster Matt Abdoo leading the charge.

Queens Bully – Melvin “Boots” Johnson

Queens Bully in Forest Hills may be best known as a popular gastropub, but chef and pitmaster Melvin “Boots” Johnson can run circles around most pitmasters. Johnson took home the $50,000 grand prize on Chopped Grill Masters with his take on Memphis-style barbecue.

Rub It Til It Smokes – Evan Burrows and Roberto Pastrano

The Rub It Til It Smokes (RITIS) barbecue team from New Jersey has been making fantastic food for years, all with the purpose of raising money to support charities and fundraisers.

Wandering Que – Ari White

Wandering Que’s Ari White is one of NYC’s leading kosher barbecue voices. White won Brisket King 2016 and he still hosts many successful pop-ups around the city.

Beer, cider, spirits, and drinks at Rib King NYC include:

Jack Daniels Barrel Select

Alewife Brewing Co.

Alementary Brewing Co.

Gentle Giant Brewing

Union Beer

Kings Highway Fine Cider

Barrika Basque Cider

Romilly Cidre

Austin Eastciders

Leyenda Mezcal

Pelotón de la Muerte Mezcal

The Long Drink

Wine, water, and non-alcoholic beverages also available

Judges for Rib King NYC include:

Ed Randolph is the owner of Handsome Devil BBQ and the author of the new book Smoked. Ed will be there signing copies of his incredible book at the event!

Jean-Paul Bourgeois, executive chef and pitmaster at Blue Smoke in New York, is a top barbecue influencer and a master of Southern cuisine.

Dara Pollak, aka The Skinny Pig NYC, is a born and raised New Yorker, former ballet dancer, and professional writer and eater.

Adam Poch, aka The Heavy Metal Teddy Bear, is a food judge, bacon enthusiast, and former contestant on CBS’ Big Brother.

Regina Varolli is the founder and editor in chief of CulEpi and a former food writer for Huffington Post.

Leiti Hsu is the founder of Journy, food show host on @wordofmouth, a writer for Forbes and Town & Country, and all around an incredible food connector.