This past weekend the Big Apple BBQ Block Party celebrated its 13th year in Madison Square Park. Meat lovers near and far swarmed the park and feasted on all of the delicious barbecue from local NYC restaurants to famed pitmasters that trekked from the South.
It was a great weekend for it since the rain held off, and the weather was warm but not unbearably so. The weekend went to benefit the Madison Square Park Conservancy, which is responsible for the park’s maintenance.
This year the Fast Pass was done away with, and instead each station was staffed with lots of cashiers to check people out rapidly and efficiently. We were grateful to not have to wait in any line for longer than 5 minutes!
For the real VIP treatment, high rollers could purchase BigPiggin’ VIP passes for $275 where all of the food comes to you, with a buffet and open bar, as you sit in an air-conditioned station with easy access to bathrooms. Something to consider splurging on if they bring this back next year! (#treatyoself)
17 of the country’s most celebrated pitmasters served up delicious Southern BBQ all weekend long, and I was more than excited to stuff my face.
We started with a pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw from Big Bob Gibson BBQ. The meat was piled on and there were a variety of sauces that you could lather on at your own leisure.
Next, we picked up the smoked pork hot links with pimento cheese from Jim N’ Nick’s BBQ. The signs to the side of the lines were helpful in telling us how to eat it properly!
Finally, we got a giant rack of baby back ribs with a side of baked beans from Memphis Barbecue Co. There’s really no pretty way to eat this, but with everyone shoveling ribs into their face and licking their fingers, you’re sure not to be the only one.
The complete list of the pitmasters included:
- Jean-Paul Bourgeois: Blue Smoke (New York, NY)
- Billy Durney: Hometown Bar-B-Que (Red Hook, NY)
- Mike Emerson: Pappy’s Smokehouse (St. Louis, MO)
- Charles Grund, Jr.: Hill Country Barbecue Market (New York, NY)
- Jimmy Hagood: BlackJack Barbecue (Charleston, SC)
- Samuel Jones: Skylight Inn (Ayden, NC)
- Chris Lilly: Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q (Decatur, AL)
- Tim Love: The Woodshed Smokehouse (Dallas/Fort Worth, TX)
- Patrick Martin: Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint (Nashville, TN)
- Mike Mills: 17th Street Bar & Grill (Murphysboro, IL)
- Wayne Mueller: Louie Mueller Barbecue (Taylor, TX)
- Brad Orrison: The Shed Barbeque & Blues Joint (Ocean Springs, MS)
- Drew Robinson: Jim N’ Nick’s Bar-B-Q (Birmingham, AL)
- Scott Roberts: The Salt Lick Bar-B-Que (Driftwood, TX)
- Garry Roark: Ubon’s Barbeque of Yazoo (Yazoo City, MS)
- John Stage: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (New York, NY)
- John Wheeler: Memphis Barbecue Co. (Horn Lake, MS)
The day also featured plenty of beer stands to wash it all down, sweet treats from Sugaree’s Bakery and Robicelli’s Bakery, and live music and entertainment.