What to eat at “Big Apple Barbecue,” NYC’s biggest BBQ event

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What to eat at “Big Apple Barbecue,” NYC’s biggest BBQ event

Summer signals barbecue season and the annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party is one of the biggest in the country. In under two weeks, the city will converge on Madison Square Park for grilled goodness, here’s the full lowdown.

Big Apple Barbecue Block Party hits Madison Square Park on June 10 and June 11.

The event free for people to turn up and hang out. There will be plenty to see for casual onlookers; live music and some of the nation’s top barbecuers showing off their skills… but we have the feeling once you get a whiff of the yummy eats, just standing around and watching isn’t going to cut it.

Each plate at the barbecue is priced at $12, and if you’re into queue jumping you can but a FastPass. The FastPass lets two people access express lanes at every station. Each is priced at $150, and before you think that is too expensive, you get $125 credit for food, drinks, and merch for the FULL WEEKEND.

Here’s the info you need on the 15 pitmasters attending the event:


Jean Paul Bourgeois, Blue Smoke
New York, NY: brisket burnt ends, chipotle barbecue sauce, summer corn salad

Joe Duncan, Baker’s Ribs
Dallas, TX: St. Louis ribs with jalapeño coleslaw

Billy Durney, Hometown BBQ
Brooklyn, NY: smoked beef short ribs with pickles and onions

Jonathan Fox & Justin Fox, Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q
Atlanta, GA: brisket & jalapeño-cheddar sausage with potato salad

Ash Fulk, Hill Country
New York, NY: brisket with house pickle

Sam Jones, Skylight Inn / Sam Jones BBQ
Ayden, NC: Eastern North Carolina whole hog sandwich with sweet slaw

Chris Lilly, Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Que
Decatur, AL: pulled pork sandwich with spicy mustard coleslaw

Pat Martin, Martin’s Bar-B-Que
Nashville, TN: West Tennessee whole hog with coleslaw

Mike Mills & Amy Mills, 17th St. BBQ
Murphysboro, IL: Baby back ribs with tangy pit beans

Gary Roark & Leslie Roark Scott
Ubon’s Barbeque, Yazoo City, MS: Mississippi chicken wings & sausage with bloody Mary cucumber salad

Scott Roberts, Salt Lick BBQ
Driftwood, TX

Drew Robinson, Jim ’N Nicks Bar-B-Q
Birmingham, AL: Smoked pork hot links with pimento cheese

Rodney Scott, Scott’s Bar-B-Que
Hemingway, SC: St. Louis ribs with cole slaw

John Stage, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
New York, NY: St. Louis ribs with beans

John Wheeler, Memphis Barbecue Co.
South Haven, MS: baby back ribs with beans


Original Fried Pie Shop
Texas: apple, peach, blackberry, apricot, and cherry pies

Mississippi: caramel, rainbow, red velvet, strawberry, and chocolate cake


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