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Barbecue Vending Machine – Tokyo, Japan

Japan always seems to be one step ahead of everyone when it comes to fads and crazes, so it seems apropos that they would be the first ones in the world to create a Barbecue Vending Machine.

This BBQ vending machine, found near Takadanobaba station in the Shinjuku Ward of Tokyo, was spotted by our Japan correspondent Devonsu. He said, “As I walked towards the train station I could smell the unmistakeable aroma of low and slow cooked meats. I had of course seen beer, cigarette, and food vending machines in Japan, but couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this.”

“I had to unfortunately rush to work, but noticed a man selecting the pork shoulder (this vending machine was serving brisket, pork shoulder, smoked prime rib, thick beef ribs, and strangely enough, prime cut steaks). The pork shoulder was lifted and cut with a robotic arm and dropped onto hot buns for sandwiches.”

“I knew that I would have to come back tomorrow to sample everything. What made me most happy was to see that Matsui, a hero of mine, was endorsing BBQ.”

So what do you think? Would you like to see this at your local mall or train station here the States?

Posted in BBQ Products,Friday Fun on by kevin - Comments (5)


  1. To see BBQ’n Fools Award-Winning BBQ coming from a Vending Machine…keeping the level of BBQ up would be a tough call. But items like pulled pork, chopped brisket or beef could be keep moist and ready to eat in a vending machine. Remember here in the states we need to keep the meat at 140+ degree meats left over days in a vending machine might not be so good….no doubt.

    Grant Ford
    BBQ’n Fools

    Comment by Grant Ford — January 7, 2011 @ 8:29 pm

  2. Slow-cooked meats from a machine on a sidewalk? Sign me up.

    Comment by Man Up Texas BBQ — January 7, 2011 @ 8:42 pm

  3. Its all about fitting into the right market….I can see this doing well in Japan….

    I wonder about China though……I am working on finding ways to bring bbq items from USA into China…..but still asking around…

    Comment by mike michelini — January 10, 2011 @ 8:46 am

  4. Actually, Matsui is endorsing Kirin’s canned coffee (aptly named “Fire” of course)…

    Comment by James — February 9, 2011 @ 5:41 am

  5. Wow. Very cool. I can’t seen it before. Wow i love it. I hope that vending machine will travel here in Philippines. Thank you very much for sharing this idea.

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    Comment by Holly2463 — August 12, 2011 @ 7:32 pm

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