We needed a little Brooklyn after hours and we got it. BKBJ's premier appearance at the bkbazaar.com this past weekend was quite a show. We played "giant" Jenga, put em down in the beer garden and jammed to great live tunes. Oh, AND sold a shit ton of our Brooklyn Beef Jerky of course. The dimly lit warehouse in Williamsburg is the quintessential hood scene. The Bazaar goes from 7 p.m - 1 a.m and the music rips til the very end.
RUDE Collective is hosting a "Meat and Greet" at Don Pedro's on Manhattan Ave this Sunday. Swing by for art, food, music games and prizes. A couple lucky carnivores even get a gift bag with... you guessed it. BKBJ!
The Backstory: BKBJ Jerky (Brooklyn Beef Jerky) is, "Artisanal Kick Ass Beef Jerky, Straight From Brooklyn With Love" says founder and diehard Brooklynite, Laura Gaber. The newly formed company strives to make only the freshest jerky possible. All varieties are made from hand-selected, grass-fed beef. From that point all the meats are brined and smoked with 100% natural ingredients - NO MSG, preservatives or nitrites are added.
The Package: Just like your favorite roadside spot, BKBJ's Jerky is housed in a classic Ball jar. Since our first review, the packaging has been updated to include a stamped logo and a wood etched character drawing of the variety.
The Look, The Smell & The Feel: Deep red colored meat, with spices present on the exterior. Strong yet pleasant scents of Sriracha and ginger. The texture of the meat was quite tender with slight stickiness.
The Taste: The large chunks of tender meat easily ripped apart for sampling. Right from the jump, I could taste the aforementioned Sriracha chili sauce infusion into the product. Even though Sriracha is widely popular in food preparation, its use here came off as unique and original. The heat was nicely balanced with sweet honey and slightly sour lime yielding a satisfying finish.
RATING: 5 out of 5 = Excellent!
A competition to concoct the spiciest cocktail (using ingredients from local Brooklyn tastemakers) was a hit Monday evening, even if some participants were left fanning their mouths–this reporter included.
Tim Kavarnos, founder of Salamander Sauce Company, teamed up with Laura Gaber of Brooklyn Beef Jerky and Sixpoint Brewing to treat locals to whatever libations participants could whip up at local restaurant “Backyard” in Park Slope.
The winning cocktail was “Salerida,” by Davina Thomasula of Williamsburg.
“Any chance I get to combine black pepper, strawberry and hot sauce, I’ll do so,” said Thomasula, a chef and author who works at forknplate.com.
Brooklyn is increasingly becoming known for its quirky, hand-crafted businesses, especially in the culinary realm. Kavarnos, of Sunset Park, founded his sauce company just last year with the help of a kickstarter campaign. Gaber, of Park Slope, worked as a para-legal for years before finally setting her sights on a dream of artisinal beef jerky.
“My father was an entrepreneur, and encouraged me to start my own business,” Gaber said. “I had been cooking it for a year, with friends loving the recipes, when I decided to take the leap.”
I had the pleasure of connecting with New York Times best selling author Colson Whitehead on Twitter. He asked me to send him some BKBJ samples for a beer pairing he was doing for a Buzzfeed article over at No.7 Bar in Fort Greene. Fellow Brooklynite? -I told him I would deliver him jars personally.
What resulted is this great article about his new book, The Noble Hustle, and not only is BKBJ featured, they even talk about the great delivery service!
If your in the city this weekend make sure you stop by and see us at the Hester Street Fair in LES. This is our first market in Manhattan and we couldn't be more excited!
All four flavors will be present, available in both jars and by the ounce. For the first time you can mix and match!
And if you happen to make it, keep an eye out for a fifth GHOST flavor...
Excited? Um... Yeah. For the first time BKBJ makes it's official splash in BK with Tasting Brooklyn!
On Tuesday, April 29, Social Fix's (formerly Brooklyn Exposed) fourth annual Tasting Brooklyn at The Green Building allows you to taste unlimited bites and sips from some of Brooklyn's best restaurants, and celebrate our amazing culinary scene in 2014
This is definitely an event you and your friends don't want to miss! Or come alone and meet other foodies. Where else can you enjoy a 30-course tasting (samples from 30 local food, spirit, beer, and wine producers) for only $55?! BKBJ as thrown samples in the gift bag, so go VIP and get a taste of what you came for.
More events to come all summer- if your not eating Jerky in BK make sure you check that.