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Jeff Michner BBQ Benefit at Pig Beach - Brooklyn, NY

The benefit to raise money for Jeff Michner’s family is a must-attend BBQ event.

The benefit to raise money for Jeff Michner’s family is a must-attend BBQ event.

Jeff Michner, the pitmaster and executive chef at Brooklyn’s Pig Beach, unexpectedly passed away in May 2018 following a brain bleed. At the age of 36, his death was tragic and he left behind his wife Sara and 16-month-old daughter Hayes. He also left behind his Pig Beach family, where he was instrumental in putting the joint's barbecue on the map.


Pig Beach is doing whatever they can to help Jeff’s family and to build a college fund for Jeff’s daughter. They will be putting on a benefit to raise money for Jeff’s family at Pig Beach from 12 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 13. It will feature many of the country’s top pitmasters serving amazing food, as well as items from NYC chefs, bars, breweries, and distilleries. On top of this, there will also be a silent auction.

Participating pitmasters include:

  • Billy Durney - Hometown Bar-B-Que of Brooklyn, NY - Brisket on homemade flour tortillas

  • Carey Bringle - Peg Leg Porker of Nashville, Tennessee - Fried ribs w/ white sauce

  • Chris Lilly - Big Bob Gibson BBQ of Decatur, Alabama - Handmade gnocchi with BBQ beef rib ragu

  • Craig Verhage and Leslie Roark Scott - Ubons BBQ of Yazoo City, Mississippi - Flamethrower wings

  • Ed Randolph - Handsome Devil BBQ of Newburgh, New York - Smoked steamship roast

  • John Wheeler - Memphis Barbecue Co. of Horn Lake, Mississippi - Memphis baby back ribs

  • Kelly Dallas - Hogapalooza of Wynne, Arkansas - Pork belly sliders

  • Mike and Amy Mills - 17th Street Barbecue of Murphysboro, Illinois - Whole hog sliders

  • Matt Abdoo - Pig Beach of Brooklyn, New York - Pig Beach burgers

  • Phil Wingo - Pork Mafia of Chicago, Illinois - Smoked Tri-Tip steak

  • Sean Keever - Operation BBQ Relief New York State Lead - BBQ pork sliders

NYC chefs include:

  • Massimo Bebber - Cipriani

  • Melissa Rodriguez - Del Posto

  • Mark Ladner - Pasta Flyer

  • Brooks Headly - Superiority Burger

  • Ed McFarland - Ed’s Lobster Bar

  • Josh Capon - Lure Fish Bar

  • Matt Boudreau - The Preston House

  • Brian Smith & Jackie Cuscuna - Ample Hills Ice Cream


Earlier Event: April 13
NYC Hot Sauce Expo 2019