I've covered the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party for four years now, always as a civilian eating his way through the entire barbecue line up. But this year it was time to step on the other side of the smoker and see what it's like to cook for one of New York's largest food events. So I embedded myself with a crew that's been more than kind to me over the years: 17th Street Barbecue.
'big apple barbecue block party' on Serious Eats
The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party, New York's biggest meatfest of the year, is coming up June 7th and 8th. We're giving away two limited edition fast passes, each including a ticket for a friend, for the weekend.
The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party may be a little settled into its ways, with the same pit masters coming back year after year, but this year proved that, even after 11 years, it's still one of the top barbecue events across the country.
The streets of New York paved in pork, after the jump.
Whether this is your first time at the Manhattan rodeo or your eleventh time rubbing pork shoulders with fellow barbecue pilgrims, you will benefit by thinking through the event ahead of time. Here's our shortlist of tips for making the most of your block party experience.
This weekend, June 8th and 9th, over 100,000 eaters will flood Madison Avenue for the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party. For the eleventh year, 18 of the country's best pit masters serving up whole hogs, ribs, pulled pork, brisket, and other cuts. Live music and lots of booze promise it'll once again be one hell of a party. Dinosar Bar-B-Cue's John Stage is one of the pit masters repping NYC; here he talks to us about what got him into this world, and shares details on his new Brooklyn restaurant.
The anticipatory night before the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party is a little like Christmas Eve in June. What goes on at this party-before-the-party? We chatted with some pit masters and tasted some grilled chicken to find out.
The 10th anniversary block party was the biggest yet, but it remains the city's seminal moment in barbecue, well worth it despite the crowds. Check out all the cue glamor shots after the jump.
Smoke will rise from Madison Square Park tonight as 17 barbecue crews get fired up for the 10th annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party. Whether this is the first time you've caught the scent off Broadway or the tenth time you'll be making the pilgrimage, you'll benefit from a plan of attack to make the most of limited time, money, stomach space, and patience for one of the most daunting cookouts of the Summer.
This is Rodney Scott's first year at the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party going down in New York this weekend. We talked with him about how he's planning to take on the massive crowds, what goes into his prep work, and what role barbecue plays in his community down South.
Chef Kenny Callaghan—the executive chef, pit master and partner to Danny Meyer at Blue Smoke—may be a born and bred New Yorker, but he exudes southern charm and hospitality. And he's a founding organizer of the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party, coming up this weekend. We spoke with him about his favorite 'cue and this year's party, which is expecting a crowd of over 100,000 people.
The 2012 Big Apple Barbecue Block Party is almost here; we're giving away a fast pass ticket that gives you an express line to the best 'cue, plus a guided tour of the party from our own Ed Levine.
On the eve of the tenth annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party, only the greatest weekend of the year for barbecue lovers in NYC, the Southern Foodways Alliance will be throwing the Potlikker Film Fest—a dinner and screening event on Friday, June 8, bringing together Southern food, bourbon, and short films. Enter to win a pair of tickets here. Special guest Julian Van Winkle, the grandson of "Pappy" himself, will be pouring from his family's stash of brown whiskey!
The 9th annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party was hardly different from the 8th annual Big Apple Barbecue, which wasn't all too different from the 7th annual Big Apple Barbecue. Fortunately, after nine years of building a bigger and better barbecue, the Block Party's repetitions taste more like tradition. A curated festival of Southern-style barbecue in New York City is not something to turn down lightly, no matter how many times we've lined up for our favorite pulled pork sandwich in the past.
New York is two days away from its best taste of whole hog heaven. (Oh, and rib heaven. And pork shoulder heaven. And beef brisket heaven.) At the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party, Madison Square Park will be an animal's graveyard on a roll, with some of the biggest names in barbecue from all around the country coming in for the occasion. Here's our guide to making the most of this year's Block Party.
Regional representation was an essential element of last weekend's Big Apple Barbecue Block Party. This year pitmasters from 11 different states gathered in Madison Square Park to offer just as many glimpses into what defines barbecue. From Ed Mitchell's celebrity-caliber whole hog chopped pork sandwich to Kenny Callaghan's rich and powerful smoked beef rib, the food served to thousands during this event challenged New Yorkers to trade in our hungry quest for "the best" for something closer to home. I asked 16 pitmasters to tell me his or her definition of barbecue—check out the responses.
We had a tough time picking our favorite haiku in last week's Big Apple Barbecue Block Party FastPass giveaway (see photos from the porkorama weekend!), but this one scored the most votes among the SE staff. Olfactory caress is a...
The Eighth Annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party rolled into town this past weekend, bringing along seventeen different pitmasters from all over the country—representing the the diversity that is American barbecue. As each pitmaster focused their attention on only their one strongest item, the barbecue found at the event truly represented the best of the best.
We sat down with pitmaster Chris Lilly from Alabama's Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q to talk barbecue and gather advice to help Serious Eaters navigate this weekend's Big Apple Barbecue Block Party in Manhattan this weekend. "Without a doubt the best barbecue festival out there," he says, and this man's been to quite a few. No one should leave the party without having some of his unbeatable pulled pork. Seriously.
[All photos: Nick Solares] The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party is coming up this weekend—and as most of us have limited stomach capacities as well as limited patience to wait in lines, I thought I'd give you my cheat...
We look forward to this weekend every year: the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party. 'Cuemasters from all over the country pile into Madison Square Park to smoke and flip meats for the masses. But as experienced attendees know, the FastPass...