Big Apple Barbecue Block Party- NYC June 9 & 10, 2012

a red and blue sign with a pig
This weekend I’ll be eating some great food at the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party in NYC. The event features top BBQ pitmasters from all over the country.
a group of people standing around a grill

The event will be entering it’s 10th year and features “award-winning barbecue and Southern-inspired fare from the country’s top pitmasters available for $8/plate”.
There will be 18 pitmasters at the event from “barbecue capitals like Texas, North Carolina, Alabama, Illinois and more”. There is also live music and cooking seminars throughout the day.

two men standing together smiling
Pitmaster Ed Mitchell

I’ve been to the BBQ a few times. The whole area smells amazing from all of the barbecue being prepared around Madison Square Park. The event attracts a huge crowd and you can end up waiting at some of the stands for 30- 40 minutes before getting the chance to buy your food. However, the food is really great which makes it worth the wait.

a sign with a dog and stars on it

To avoid the long lines, this year we purchased a FastPass which allows you and a guest to go on express lines to get your food. It cost’s $125 and comes with a $100 credit good for food, drinks and merchandise. The FastPasses have sold out but we felt it was a worthwhile purchase to avoid the huge lines, especially since we’ll be going with Lucas.

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Squirrel looking for scraps

Here are pictures of some of the food from last year:

a plate of food with a bowl of beans and meat
a sandwich and coleslaw on a plate
a group of sausages on a grill
a sausage and potato salad in a white container

The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party takes place on June 9-10 from 11am-6pm.
Find out more about the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party HERE.

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