BrisketLab: Genuine Austin, Texas Barbecue Has Come To New York City

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2012/07/06 15:04:19 (permalink)

BrisketLab: Genuine Austin, Texas Barbecue Has Come To New York City

I just got off the phone with Daniel Delaney of BrisketLab, the New York City brisket subscription service that has taken the Northeastern part of the United States by storm.
 
Mr. Delaney, the founder of Vendr.TV, was kind enough to spend a few minutes away from the giant, barbecue pit that he trundled from Texas to New York City, and discuss the world of smoked meat.
 
BrisketLab is on fire. The brainchild of Delaney has New York City, jaded by many estimates, frothing at the mouth over the prospect of getting a hold of genuine-cooked with 100% wood fire-barbecue brisket.
 
Who can blame them? We’ve got it good in Texas y’all. The Golden Triangle of Austin brisket: Stiles Switch on the northern promontory, Franklin Barbecue flanking the eastern edge and John Mueller Barbecue shoring up the southern tip, means that we have Lockhart/Taylor caliber smoked meat encircling our fair city.
 
Up in New York it seems like the best they can do is Hill Country Barbecue where they bake their briskets in a giant oven with a little wood smoke pumped in every once in a blue moon.
 
That wouldn’t fly in these parts.
 
When I query Daniel as to what piqued his interest in the art form of barbecue he responds that he’s a tinkerer by nature. “I’m enjoying this, the process and looking at the product and hoping to improve. Honestly, eventually, if this goes well, there’s an opportunity to gain resources and find people who are looking to get into the same thing.”
 
I reckon that means a brick and mortar restaurant. Delaney may find himself in the same position as the legendary De Klos in Amsterdam, where the pit is located outside the city limits with the meat being trucked in due to onerous regulations regarding billowing smoke stacks within the municipality.
 
Work with what you’ve got.
 
Proximity to the actual fire does not great barbecue make. As long as it doesn’t take more than an hour or so to get the meat in the maws of the eaters, this ought not pose a problem. Lord knows De Klos puts out some of the finest ribs I’ve ever eaten, including the iconic Archibald’s of Northport, Alabama. Wrap it in butcher paper, put it in a cooler and mash the gas pedal til you get from Jersey to downtown New York.
“I’m doing as much as I can to honor the tradition of barbecue, we’re doing one thing and doing it as best as possible, we use wood only as our fuel source, everybody’s using gas cookers here, to somebody who loves the idea of traditional barbecue, that is disheartening.”
 
I’ve eaten good meat off Southern Pride cookers in the past {Peter’s} but at the end of the day, I want my meat cooked on pure-wood fires. It does my heart good to hear a yankee speaking this way about traditional barbecue.
 
“Barbecue is like jazz, it’s not rodeo-rooting-tooting bull****, it’s not about being hip and cool, there’s no reason great  barbecue has to be in Texas, you can come up with a product that shines no matter where you do it.”
 
I’ve had great barbecue all over the world: Mexico, Croatia, Turkey and the Netherlands to name a few. Delaney speaks the truth. Genuine barbecue comes from the soul of the pit boss. It has nothing to do with location. It sounds like Daniel’s soul is in the right place.
 
So, how’s the meat?
 
“It’s coming out good. I think people who are familiar with Texas barbecue are impressed, and I’m pleased with that. It might sound arrogant but it’s not very hard, it just takes time and energy and really caring for it that makes it shine.”
 
That doesn’t sound arrogant.
 
Some of the best brisket I’ve ever eaten came out of a backyard from the Weber grill of a novice. A novice who gives a fig and has patience can turn out top flight brisket. He just has to care and care deeply about the meat and how it turns out.
 
pic of the brisket http://chowpapi.com/wordp...own-with-rl-reeves-jr/
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    Twinwillow
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    Re:BrisketLab: Genuine Austin, Texas Barbecue Has Come To New York City 2012/07/06 20:43:31 (permalink)
    He gets his brisket from, New Yoooork Citeeeee?
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    Re:BrisketLab: Genuine Austin, Texas Barbecue Has Come To New York City 2012/07/06 20:46:15 (permalink)
    Only Texans are born with the BBQ gene.
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    Re:BrisketLab: Genuine Austin, Texas Barbecue Has Come To New York City 2012/07/06 20:49:14 (permalink)
    At first I wondered how he got around the Hundreds of Bureaucrats in the NYC Regulatory Nightmare to put smoke into the Pristine Air of NYC.
    But reading further, it sounds like he's operating in NJ.
    Is that Correct?
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    Re:BrisketLab: Genuine Austin, Texas Barbecue Has Come To New York City 2012/07/06 20:55:14 (permalink)
    I'll bet it won't be long until he's doing Smoked Corned Beef and Smoked Pastrami!
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    Re:BrisketLab: Genuine Austin, Texas Barbecue Has Come To New York City 2012/07/06 21:10:32 (permalink)
    In the spirit of Northern New Jersey Hospitality... best wishes to Daniel!
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    Re:BrisketLab: Genuine Austin, Texas Barbecue Has Come To New York City 2012/07/06 23:33:48 (permalink)
    I believe that he is indeed cooking in Jersey and toting the cooked briskets into NYC for the food parties.
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    Re:BrisketLab: Genuine Austin, Texas Barbecue Has Come To New York City 2012/07/07 09:32:06 (permalink)
    Brisketlab operates in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn.
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    Re:BrisketLab: Genuine Austin, Texas Barbecue Has Come To New York City 2012/07/08 04:32:01 (permalink)
    Hmmmm....

    http://instagram.com/p/MB0k4aHbXd/

    Oh boy...if that's a hint as far as New Jersey connection.
    post edited by CCinNJ - 2012/07/08 05:09:31
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