Back of the House Barbecue

The ordering is done, and the prep has begun for our big “Back of the House” barbecue, heatin’ up the North Side this Sunday, October 12 from 2:00 – 7:00 pm.

The Menu

We have an all-star cast of chefs cooking under four big tents for our festive fall feast, and for the first time ever, we’re releasing their drool-worthy menu:


The BEEF Team

sponsored by DJ’s Butcher Block

NY Strip, cooked over wood, sliced and seasoned with chimichurri
Chef Anthony Falcon, Gaucho

Smoked Brisket
Chef Rick DeShantz, Meat & Potatoes and Butcher & the Rye

Beef Short Ribs
Chef Sam DiBattista, Vivo Kitchen

The VEG Team

sponsored by Paragon Foods

Farro with baby kale and white balsamic, Collard Greens
Chef Kate Romane, E2

Cole Slaw
Chef Rafael Vencio, Legume Bistro and Chef Leah Lizarondo, The Brazen Kitchen

Sweet Potato Fritters with Bacon Glaze
Chef Ryan Chavara, Whole Foods Pittsburgh


Gourmet Mac n’ Cheese
Chef Stephen Thompson, Bluebird Kitchen and Chef Jason Dalling, Habitat

Green Garbanzos with Salsa Verde
Chef Stephen Felder, Stagioni

Potato Salad
Chef Rafael Vencio, Legume Bistro and Chef Leah Lizarondo, The Brazen Kitchen


The PORK Team

sponsored by Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance

Pork Confit, Blue Cornbread, Cracklings, and Pickles
Chef Bill Fuller and Eli Wahl, big Burrito restaurant group

Pork Belly Pastor with Charred Pineapple and Togarashi
Chef Derek Burnell, Round Corner Cantina; Chef Roger Li, Tamari; Chef Domenic Branduzzi, Piccolo Forno

Porchetta Sandwich
Chef Domenic Branduzzi, Piccolo Forno

Handmade Chorizo
Chef Keith Fuller, Root 174

Barbecue Pulled Pork
Chef Kevin Hermann, The Porch at Schenley

Puerto Rican Spices and Sauces
Chef Jamilka Borges, Bar Marco


Jerk Chicken Thighs
Chef Brian Pekarick, Spoon, BRGR, Grit & Grace, Willow

Here’s How It Works

You head over to Showclix and snag a $35 ticket (kids = $12). On Sunday afternoon, come on down to YouthPlaces, at 711 West Commons on the North Side. We’ll give you 7 tickets to taste your way around the event. And not to worry, they’ll be more tickets available on site (in case you need seconds of the pulled pork or mac n’ cheese or any of the other deliciousness).

Bar Marco will also be on site, serving Wigle Whiskey cocktails, wines, and a handsome list of fall beers: Great Lakes Brewing Company‘s Spacewalker and Eliot Ness, The Brooklyn Brewery‘s Pumpkin Ale, Deschutes Brewery‘s Mirror Pond and Magic Hat. All of the drinks are just $5 and can be purchased with drink tickets at the event.

And, Red Ribbon Soda will also be there, pouring! Root beer, anyone?

This event and participating chefs are helping to support YouthPlaces job training for the food service industry.

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Event Sponsors

PNC Bank
Paragon Foods
First National Bank
Allegheny Health Network
TABLE Magazine, WYEP-FM, Revive Marketing Group, Party Savvy, Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance, Natrona Bottling, Wigle Whiskey, Domino Foods, Inc., DJ’s Butcher Block, Mediterra Bakehouse