Keeping It Local: Butcher’s Kitchen Char-B-Que
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) – One’s a master of meats, the other is a culinary craftsman. Together, Ed Ferencik and his father, Ed Ferencik Sr., are putting their own creative spin on barbecue with some non-conventional creations at Butcher’s Kitchen Char-B-Que. On their menu you’ll find items like a brisket burrito and cold quinoa salad, which aren’t your typical menu items at a barbecue joint. They also offer familiar favorites, like tri-tip and pulled pork sandwiches. Whether you like your meat smoked, cooked on a wood fire rotisserie, or on a char pit grill; they do it all.
“I think we’re putting out, not only some great food, but a lot of creativity,” says Ferencik Sr.
Ed Ferencik Sr. has more than 30 years of experience in the meat industry. His son developed his culinary skills at UNLV. While the younger Ferencik was working at fine dining restaurants in Las Vegas, his dad was creating a line of meat tenderizers under the name Butcher’s Kitchen, which would eventually roll over to their joint business venture.
“I’m learning something, and he’s learning something, and together it seems to be working,” says Ferencik Sr.
When Ed Ferencik decided to move back to Reno and go into business with his dad, his goal was to create the same caliber of food he was used to making at the fine dining establishments he had worked at, but in a more casual setting.
“I think there’s a culinary revolution saying ‘why can’t we eat high quality from scratch food without that stuffiness, that white table cloth,'” says Ferencik.
While Ed learned a lot of what he knows from his dad growing up, there was also other forms of motivation around the house.
“We always cooked at home, but he who didn’t cook had to do the dishes. I’m like, I wanna learn to cook, I hate doing dishes,” he says.
When you visit Butcher’s Kitchen Char-B-Que, you’ll find that it’s not just the father-son duo doing all the work. The whole Ferencik clan pitches in, including Ed’s two brothers and their mother.
“It’s really a full family operation, and what families don’t fight a little bit? But in the end it’s really rewarding to be working with them,” says Ferencik.
Butcher’s Kitchen Char-B-Que is located near the corner of South Virginia and Longley, and is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.