‘$75 for you to ruin my watermelon?’: Here’s what this New York barbecue joint is smoking

“How different could New York barbecue really be?” you asked yourself, before you sat down to a plate of brined and smoked watermelon that looks exactly like ham steak.

That’s right. Really different. 

According to Insider, the smoked watermelon steak is being served at New York barbecue restaurant Duck’s Eatery and runs guests $75. It also takes between four and six days to prepare and must be ordered a week in advance. 

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Before the watermelon is tossed into the smoker, it’s brined with coriander, oregano and salt. After it comes out it’s basted in olive oil and rosemary. The dish also utilizes oakwood ash, which gives the melon a pseudo skin. 

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The restaurant’s owner told Insider that the dish is an effort to offer guests more vegetarian options and the method does “the same thing we've been doing for thousands of years to meats but we do it to a melon."

Twitter shared some of the reactions users were having to the dish Wednesday, and not all (“I’m sorry they did that to you watermelon”) were positive. 

Take a peek at the watermelon’s involved preparation below:

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