Strolling through Lexington Avenue's Fall Street Fair on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, I couldn't help but notice a queue stretching from one of the food stalls right around the block. Looking like a confused fish out of water, I jumped up and down in attempt to glimpse the source of the most enticing smell that has ever hit my nostrils. I was told that I must get "on line" immediately to get a sandwich from The Wandering Que - a Kosher Texas style wood burning BBQ rig that promised "the best darn sandwich experience you'll ever have."
After the success of their 2012 Texas Smokehouse BBQ pop-up tour, "the decision to take this here BBQ on road was an easy one." They now pop up weekly all over New York. People had come from Brooklyn, Queens and New Jersey to line up by the prized BBQ trailer, and everyone was excited. Two women joined the queue after me and were told that they would not be served as the BBQ rig would be closing at six. They went ballistic, begging the owners to let them wait "on line" as they had been looking forward to their brisket sub all week. The friendly, jovial sandwich makers allowed them to be the last customers.
The line cut-off was pushed back a further six times.
The Wandering Que's Smoked 'n' Pulled Brisket Roll
The Smoked 'n' Pulled BBQ Beef Brisket has gained recognition from New York Magazine, The Jewish Week , Gift of Life, The Jewish Daily Forward and many more, and following the lead of everyone else in the line, it was an obvious choice for my order. After slow smoking the hefty slabs of Angus beef for hours in the 18 ft Texan BBQ Rig, Hakadosh BBQ, the oak and apple smoked briskets are prepared to continue slow cooking overnight until they simply fall apart in their own sweet and smokey juices and served sliced, pulled or in miniature sliders. Pulled seemed to be the port of call for the experts around me, so I followed suit.
The succulent and tender, melt in your mouth beef soaked through with sticky BBQ glaze is the focal point of each bite. The flavour is aromatic, smoky and completely addictive. It drenches the absorbent white sesame bread rolls and is pierced by the abrupt tang of the salty pickles. The radish slaw brings a more subtle hint to the punchy flavour packed by the smoked brisket, giving a little crunchy texture to the beef-roll blend.
I don't know what I can possibly say to do this sandwich justice. I planned on eating it on the move, but had to stop in my tracks as soon as the first taste touched my lips. I couldn't concentrate on walking at a time like this. The hallelujah's were sounding and the foodgasm was on. Could not be given a higher recommendation.
Extra tip - don't do a me, and ask if they have pulled pork... I was met by a patronising - "No pork on the fork baby! It's all Kosher here! That's why it says Kosher Texas BBQ!"
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