Meet New York’s Reigning (Kosher) Brisket King

Meet New York’s Reigning (Kosher) Brisket King

After 18 years in New York, Ari White still calls himself a tourist. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that his cooking is true to his roots. He was raised in a conservative Jewish family in barbecue-loving El Paso. Combine those two elements of his background and you get Texas kosher barbecue.

Following an uninspired career in finance, White started a kosher catering company in 2004. In 2012, he launched the Wandering Que, a cross between a food truck and a pop-up restaurant. (The name is a play on the negative term “wandering Jew” and the Q from BBQ.)

White’s food — pulled brisket, ribs, turkey legs, tacos and even Vietnamese Banh Mi — is served directly from an 18-foot steel iron pit smoker that he drives to events all over the Tri-State Area.

I recently talked to White in the Lincoln Park Jewish Center, a Modern Orthodox synagogue in Yonkers, New York, that doubles as his catering kitchen. The 37-year-old father of four has a youthful personality, a big grin that never leaves his bearded face for long, and despite being married to a vegetarian, he was voted “Brisket King of New York” in 2016.

Read the full interview here


Published in: The Forward

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