[Photograph: Josh Bousel]

The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party, New York's biggest meatfest of the year, is coming up June 7th and 8th, and pit masters all around the country are already making game plans for the brisket, ribs, and hog they'll be serving to the hungry crowd.

Admission to the event is free (with a pay-per-plate system), but if you're looking to beat the line, the festival's fast pass and VIP tickets are the way to go. The $125 fast pass and new $265 "Big Picking Pass" both mean shorter waits for 'cue and include $100 to spend at the event.

But the real real way to go is to enter our giveaway, as we're offering two limited edition fast passes with $100 redeemable for food and drink. Each fast pass includes access for a guest and is valid for both days of the block party (normal fast pass and VIP passes are only good for one of the two days).

Take a look at our previous Big Apple Barbecue coverage here, then head on over to this year's pit master line up and tell us whose barbecue you're most excited for in the comments below. We'll select two winners at random this Friday, Mar 23rd, at noon. The standard Serious Eats contest rules apply.


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