The pros from Buddakan fire up the grill for this second 'cue-in-the-'Burg go-round
As those pesky spring clouds cleared up, Williamsburg's Good Company opened its doors for the second installment of this year's Finger on The Pulse BBQ Blowout, now in its fourth year. Founders (and twin brothers) Darin and Greg Bresnitz reconfigured the classic backyard-barbecue formula Brooklyn-style, replacing solo cups with mason jars, keg beer with specialty Reyka Vodka cocktails, and the Katy Perry–blasting boom box with the spinnings of London’s DJ Picture House and Pocket Knife.
Buddakan chef Brian Ray didn’t miss a beat with his barbecue-but-better chow, serving up braised short rib with bao buns, char sui black beans, charred long bean salad, and Chex mix splashed with a wasabi furikake dressing. Vera Tong topped it all off with her homemade sponge cake Twinkies—needless to say, these were nothing like your lunch-box dessert. Ray claimed the menu was a nod toward his Texan brother’s barbecue bashes, where “there would be a pile of meat, some sort of pickled jalapenos and Wonder Bread—the bao buns are my Wonder Bread.”
Sent into a food frenzy, the crowd waited with bated breath as the crew from Finger on the Pulse raffled off $100 and $50 gift certificates to Buddakan and Guilt City. Missed it? Despair not: The BBQ Blowout Festival is promising the biggest cookout yet at City Winery on Aug. 6.
By Alex Hess; photos by Sam Horine
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