HOME > Chowhound > Kosher >


Corky's in Memphis is doing it again!


Last time most of the kosher hounds loved the BBQ but thought the portions were very small.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
    1. Yes but it is worth it -

      1. I wasn't Impressed last time, over Purim. I didn't taste any smoke and the brisket looked braised. I felt maybe they were overwhelmed with orders and couldn't handle the order load one the one smoker.
        I might still order if only just to support the school but I do better bbq in my backyard.

        2 Replies
        1. re: KosherChef

          My experience last time was very mixed. I had two separate orders - a family sized order and an order for a synagogue dinner.

          The quality of the food at the synagogue dinner (for which the food was frozen and defrosted) was good, though not intensely smoky and somewhat salty, certainly not at the level of extraordinary. And the portions were so incorrectly stated that I ended up having to order almost double the stated portion size. But in general, the dinner attendees found it enjoyable.

          The quality of the food that I ordered for my family and I served without having been frozen was substantially worse. The brisket in particular was so salty that it was almost inedible and it had almost no smoky taste.

          I've eaten kosher meat my entire life and don't recall ever eating meat as salty as the brisket that arrived in my family pack.

          1. re: iris

            Kosher meat, already having been salted doesn't really need to be brined. They may have done so. Also, they may have measured the weight of the cut from before it was smoked rather than after.

        2. Seems that the shipping costs are very high. If you are ordering for pick up in Memphis, you pay $40 less than if you're having it shipped. And if you order two packages to be shipped, you wind up paying that $40 twice. Seems a bit much, especially for the small portions. Don't get me wrong
          . . . the food was very tasty, but I'm not sure I need to pay $130 for it.

          2 Replies
          1. re: queenscook

            At those prices, I would rather go with Hakadosh BBQ in you're in the NY/NJ area..

            Alternatively, attend the next Kosher Culinary School smoking class which includes all you can eat smoked chicken, ribs, brisket (pulled and sliced).

            1. re: njkosher

              If the price is prohibative you can just purchase your own smoker, such as a Weber Smokey Mountain http://amzn.com/B00FKE67V2 and make your own. If you don't know how, the folks over at http://tvwbb.com/ are very helpful. It takes time, but you can adjust to your own tastes.

          2. Mine came today. Frozen solid.

            I ordered the $199 special with just ribs, (7 lbs.) sauce and beans. The brisket was delicious when I got it for Purim, but I make good brisket too, and it really seems like an extravagance.
            There are 5 aluminum wrapped packs of ribs, so I'm hoping they must have weighed them to send close to accurate amounts as opposed to last time when it seemed they were sending some number of packages rather than going by the weight.

            Of course it's overpriced, and I think you end up paying a lot for bones, but everyone in my crowd liked them a lot on Purim, and it's a donation to the school, and you can't beat the convenience.

            1. My order was cancelled. They sent me an email saying the shipping plant had informed them that a whole pallet of Brisket had gone bad. They did apologize and are sending a refund

              1. The Corky's in Memphis fundraiser is up again. This time for delivery prior to the Super Bowl: http://www.mhafyos.org/corkys-outoftown/

                1 Reply
                1. re: sadg95

                  It is my understanding from family in Memphis that this will now become an annual event - In the past this only occurred when Corky's got a new smoker and they allowed the Academy to use it for the fund raiser but it has been so successful that they purchased their own smoker and for fundraisers and catering Corky's will come over and smoke ribs brisket and what ever else -

                2. Just got my package - I do not think it will last until the weekend!

                  1. They are having a Purim Special! - http://mhafyos.org/corkys-memphis/ - order by March 6 to have it in time for Purim!