Feast on authentic pit bbq cooked on site by the nation's top pitmasters
12th Annual Big Apple Barbecue Block PartyMadison Square Park (Madison Square Park, Madison Avenue, New York, NY) Map it
The mother of all New York City barbecue events returns, bringing authentic food, music and good times to Madison Square Park and its neighboring streets. Presented by Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group, this year 17 'cue homerun hitters from the around the country are stepping up to the pit, including returning players Patrick Martin from Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint in Nashville, Scott Roberts from The Salt Lick BBQ in Texas, and Mike Emerson from Pappy's Smokehouse in St. Louis, and new additions Daniel Delaney of Delaney Barbecue and Billy Durney of Hometown Bar-B-Que. As for the musical accompaniment, it ranges from bluesy soul to rock-n-roll and features acts such as Lissie, Black Taxi and JD McPherson. And for those that want to learn some new tricks, there are cooking demonstrations planned throughout. Fast passes are available for purchase for those that want their 'cue-in-a-hurry, and new this year is the BigPiggin' Pass, which grants its bearer the perks of the Fast pass plus a complimentary buffet of barbecue and Southern fare, open bar, air conditioned restrooms, and front-porch inspired seating. And if neither of these options are to your wallet's liking, you can pay as you go.
Photo credit: Eric Schwortz