New-school barbecue trailer LeRoy and Lewis is now branching out into Korean barbecue. Partnering with local probiotic company Casper Fermentables, the offerings will be available at the SFC Farmers Market’s downtown outpost, which takes place on Saturday mornings at Republic Square, starting on September 1.
Pitmaster Evan LeRoy said the Korean barbecue idea came from Ben Hollander, the founder of Casper Fermentables, who worked with LeRoy during his time at Freedmen’s. “He also frequents the markets,” Leroy told Eater, “and I’ve been wanting to serve there again.”
Though LeRoy’s farmers market menu has yet to be finalized, the pitmaster shared that it will include barbecue bibimbap, vegetable and barbecue kimbap (hand rolls), and a barbecue sandwich. The truck has regularly featured kimchi on the menu.
To kick off the collaboration, LeRoy and Lewis and Casper Fermentables are hosting a bulgogi backyard barbecue on Saturday, August 18 at Swoop House in East Austin. Tickets for the event are $42, and include pork belly, beef ribs, and mo dobu (marinated, smoked, and glazed tofu) as well as accoutrements like rice, lettuce wraps, and melon sorbet. Drinks will be available for purchase.
LeRoy and Lewis is not the only Austin restaurant getting into the Korean barbecue game. Pitchfork Pretty recently turned its Monday dinner service over to Korean barbecue.