This past Wednesday, a new Brisket King of NYC was crowned in Brooklyn. Alternately shocking and wowing hundreds in the crowd, Richie Holmes of the not-even-open-yet Juicy Lucy BBQ on Staten Island took home top honors.
The Juicy Lucy BBQ team beat out an all-star lineup of competing barbecue joints that included big names like Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Hill Country Barbecue Market, and Pig Beach. Holmes had a secret weapon that certainly helped: Mauro “Max” Chiefari, who worked previously as a pitmaster for top Texas joint Franklin Barbecue, is working for Holmes. They served stunning sliced brisket, chopped brisket, and burnt ends paired with espresso barbecue sauce.
Juicy Lucy BBQ is set to open “around May 1,” Holmes said at the event. I can’t wait to stop by the restaurant on Staten Island, which is admittedly a little bit of a hike for those like myself without a car. But as my barbecue colleague BBQ Tourist will tell you, good barbecue is worth traveling for.
The People’s Choice winner and second place overall of Brisket King NYC 2019 went to Rob Cho of Kimchi Smoke from Westwood, New Jersey. Cho is a regular at barbecue events in New York and New Jersey and has competed at Brisket King several times. This time, he served tender brisket topped with a tangy “Kimchichurri” sauce and it stood out among the field.