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Big Apple Barbecue Block Party Fast Passes for sale now!

Photo by Dominick Mastrangelo

Big Apple Barbecue Block Party founding pitmasters and organizers: Kenny Callaghan, Danny Meyer, Ed Mitchell, Mark Maynard-Parisi {peeking over Chris’s shoulder}, Chris Lilly, and Mike Mills.  Photo by Dominick Mastrangelo

The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party is one of our favorite events. This year’s festivities will be held June 8-9 at Madison Square Park in New York City. This one-of-a-kind festival brings together 17 of America’s most celebrated pitmasters to showcase the best of regional American barbecue. This is a charity event and a portion of the proceeds benefits the Madison Square Park Conservancy.

If you’re planning to attend, click over to the Block Party website to buy your Fast Pass NOW. They WILL sell out! You can purchase a pass for Saturday and/or Sunday and it allows you and a friend access to a faster line behind the rows of pitmasters. Each pass costs $125 and has $100 worth of punches you can redeem for barbecue at any of the pitmasters’ stands.

If you’d like a glimpse behind the scenes, click through these galleries of photos from previous years. 2012 {which was the 10th anniversary of the event}, 2011, and 2010.

Keep an eye out here for more information as the event draws near … and we’ll be doing a special giveaway to celebrate the 11th anniversary of the event.

Are you planning to attend? What are your favorite tips for making the most of the experience?


Kick-off to the Cook-off

$25,000 in prize money. The top teams in barbecue. An unforgettable weekend in Southern Illinois.

We’re in full planning mode for the 26th annual Praise the Lard Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-off to be held September 19–21, 2013. Team and judge’s applications can be downloaded from our website. The video below, produced by our friends at Arthur Agency, perfectly captures the spirit of the weekend.

This three-day celebration provides numerous sponsorship and vending opportunities. We’re grateful to last year’s sponsors, many of whom have supported us for the past 25 years. Please be in touch with me if you’d like to help sponsor this year’s event.


Hope we’ll see you in September!