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3rd Annual Jeff Michner Foundation BBQ Benefit

35 - 37 36th Street, Queens, NY 11106



TICKETS AVAILABLE on the DAY OF EVENT $135 at the Door

LOCATION: PIG BEACH BBQ QUEENS 35 - 37 36th Street, Queens, NY 11106

GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS $125 from 12:30pm - 5pm, includes all food and drink specified for the Jeff Michner BBQ Benefit.

VIP TICKETS $225 Includes Early Access at 11am - 5pm, Meet & Greet with Pitmasters, Special Cocktail & Appetizer Reception with NYC Chefs, Day Long Access to VIP Lounge.


Join us for the 3rd Annual Jeff Michner BBQ Benefit, a full-day meat smokin’ extravaganza organized in honor of our late friend, Pig Beach BBQ Executive Chef Jeff Michner, who passed away suddenly in 2018 at age 36 leaving behind his wife Sara and daughter Hayes

This all-day “swine around” will feature more than 25 indoor & outdoor food stations helmed by celebrated chefs and barbecue royalty, plus complimentary beer, specialty cocktails, and non-alcoholic refreshments from our kind sponsors.   

We are excited to announce that this year’s event will be hosted by none other than chef Michael Symon, who will be filming the day’s festivities for an episode of his Food Network show, BBQ USA.  With this in mind, we’ve added a fun & exciting (friendly!) competition component to this year’s event, where pitmasters will compete for awards including People’s Choice and Judges’ Best Bite of the Day.

As always, proceeds from this event will be donated to the Jeff Michner Foundation, an established 501c3 nonprofit created by the Michner family, which supports families managing loss and grief and provides scholarships to graduating high school students with a love for cooking and golf - two of Jeff’s biggest passions in life.

Losing Jeff is a loss we will never overcome, but it is our hope to keep his memory with us by celebrating his life and embracing the things he loved most: family, friends and great food!  

We’ve got an EPIC lineup of Pitmasters & Chefs from around the country!

  • Craig Verhage and Leslie Roark, Ubons BBQ (Yazoo City, Mississippi)

  • Kelly Dallas, Hogapalooza (Wynn, Arkansas)

  • Chris Lilly, Big Bob Gibson (Decatur, Alabama)

  • John Wheeler, Memphis BBQ Co. (Horn Lake, Mississippi)

  • Amy Mills, 17th Street BBQ (Murphysboro, Illinois)

  • Carey Bringle, Peg Leg Porker (Nashville, Tennessee)

  • Phil Wingo, Pork Mafia (Chicago, Illinois)

  • Ed Randolph, Handsome Devil BBQ (NYC)

  • Billy Durney, Hometown BBQ (NYC)

  • Matt Abdoo & Shane McBride, Pig Beach BBQ (NYC)

  • Danny Beck, Pearl’s Southern Comfort (Chicago, Illinois)

  • Tuffy Stone, Cool Smoke BBQ (Richmond, Virginia)

  • Harrison Sapp, Southern Soul BBQ (Sea Isle, Georgia)

  • Sean Keever, Big Guns BBQ (Fishkill, New York)

  • Brad Orrison, The Shed (Ocean Springs, Mississippi)

  • Grant Pinkerton, Pinkerton’s BBQ (Houston, Texas)

  • Damon Wise & Lauren Hircshberg, Pineapple Express (Montclair,  New Jersey)

  • Rodney Scott, Rodney Scott BBQ (Avondale, Alabama)

  • Tank Jackson, Holy City Hogs (South Carolina)

  • Kerry Fitzmaurice, Pure Grit  (NYC)

  • Mike Puma, Gotham Burger Social Club (NYC)

  • Skip Steele & Dana Lamel, Que49 Smokehouse (Arkansas)

  • George Morasci & Andy Nguyen, Five Monkeys BBQ (California)

  • Mario Chape, Big Papa Smoke Em (NYC)

  • Jessica Taccone, Complete Burger (NYC)

  • Cody Sperry, Hoodoo Brown BBQ (Ridgefield, Connecticut)

  • Ralph Perrazzo, Snap-O-Razzo Hot Dogs (NYC) 

  • Mike Johnson, Sugarfire Smokehouse (St. Louis, MO)

  • Bret Lunsford, Blue Smoke (NYC)


Anheuser-Busch, Red Bull, Royal Oak, Ole Hickory Pits, iHalper, Yeti, Prairie Fresh, Tito's Vodka, Lost Whiskey, Brown Forman, San Pellegrino, New York Prime Beef, Kamado Joe, Saint James Tea, Copper and Cane Wine, Brooklyn Gin, Chefs Warehouse, Dogfish Head, Captain Lawrence, Black Stone Grills, Major Food Group, Triumph Hotels, Herson Luxury Charters, BGC Partners, O.A.R./Goo Goo Dolls, De Gustibus

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