Mike Malbon Brings His Dad’s Virginia Barbecue to the Lower East Side


Mike Malbon isnt just the owner of Franks Chop Shop hes also the son of Mike Malbon Sr., founder of longtime Virginia Beach favorite Malbon Bros. BBQ. This Spring hell bring his dads pulled-pork sandwiches, brisket, and sauces to the big city via the Hester Street Fair. According to the fairs Facebook page, Lukes Lobster and An Choi have joined the previously announced vendors, but Malbons project may be the most exciting, if only because he tells us he wants to let the north known whats going on down south (hes convinced, you see, that theres no good barbecue from where Im from up in New York).

So what are the Malbon Bros. selling points? Well, aside from the fact that its located in a gas station (much like Kansas City favorite Oklahoma Joes), its one of the areas few barbecue joints thats more influenced by Memphis barbecue. Mike Sr. tells us his pork isnt heavily smoked its merely slow-cooked at 200 degrees for ten or twelve hours, until its extremely tender. Then its topped with either a ketchup-based, Memphis-style sauce (named Billys, after Malbon Sr.s dad) or a vinegar-based, Carolina-style sauce (named Tillys, after his mom). To make sure he does his pop proud, Mike Jr. is importing his cousin (who does a good deal of the cooking at the restaurant) to man the cooker, and if everything goes well, he might just consider opening a restaurant here, or at least distributing the sauces locally.

Finger lickin starts April 24.