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2015 Big Apple Barbecue Block Party: Our Barbecue Family

07-010Big Apple Barbecue Block Party weekend is a reunion. We have the best time catching up with our extended barbecue family.

08-009Tim Love sampling the goods at the rib-bon cutting ceremony.

03-047Bill Bullen, Mike, and Don McLemore of Big Bob Gibson.

02-055Sarah and Sam Jones of Skylight Inn in Ayden, North Carolina and the soon-to-open Sam Jones Barbecue.

04-045The Big Bob Gibson crew: Andrew Lilly, Owen Lilly, Chris Lilly, Shane McBride, Ken Hess, and Jacob Lilly.

05-042Ken Hess getting after that pork shoulder.

06-003Shane McBride of Balthazar, Cherche Midi, and Pig Beach, and Matt Purpura of Tito’s Vodka.

10-017Powerful PR provided by Phil Baltz and Sarah Abell of Baltz Co.

18-093Robin Insley, me, John Stage of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, and Sarah Abell.

11-056Mike and me with Shane McBride.

12-063Wayne Mueller of Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor, Texas.
01-057With Billy Durney of Hometown Bar-B-Que in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
13-072Lawrence La Pianta and Billy Durney.

14-078Sydney and Charley McPhee, adorable in tiny red cowgirl boots.

15-081Luke Ray and Elizabeth Knight of Ole Hickory Pits.

16-088This must’ve been a good conversation.

17-090Sarah, Elaina, and Sam Jones.

21-100Elizabeth Knight, Shane Linn of Townsend Spice, Flava Fav, Lawson Linn, and Luke Ray.

22-104I’m pretty sure Pat Martin is telling Mike to “Comb him hair!”

23-140Lee Estes and Reggie Methvin of Ubons Barbecue.

24-146To read more about our pit crew at the Block Party, click here.

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2015 Big Apple Barbecue Block Party: Our Crew

01-005Shane Linn, Mike mrva, Adam Wood, David Bogan, Woody Tunnicliffe, Phillip Heern, Mike Mills, Lawson Linn, Tracy Heern, Laurie Neef, Colin Wilkinson, Diana Gremillion, Erik Hernandez, John Hulslander, and Mike Humes.

June 2015 marked the 13th anniversary of the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party. Here’s our traditional pit crew photo, just prior to the starting bell. This is comprised of our core 17th Street group, along with treasured friends and volunteers, some of whom are local and some of whom travel to help us with this mammoth production.
17-008-GroupMike Humes, Adam Wood, Woody Tunnicliffe, Phillip Heern, Amy Mills, Mike Mills, Tracy Heern, Laurie Neef, Erik Hernandez, and Steph Jeltsch.

This is our core 17th Street group. They drive a literal convoy of pits, trailers, and box trucks with the equipment necessary to put on this show. The two-day cross-country journey is an event with itself and they have plenty of adventures along the way. For some, this is a repeat trip. For others, it’s their first time in Manhattan. We always plan an extra day prior to set-up so our team can enjoy exploring the city.

18-011Adam Wood, Shane Linn, Erik Hernandez, Mike Mrva, John Hulslander, Robin Insley, Woody Tunnicliffe, Amy Mills, Mike Mills, Phillip Heern, Laurie Neef, Steph Jeltsch, Tracy Heern, Mike Humes, Colin Wilkinson. 

Whole group, day two.

19-013Mike Humes, Adam Wood, Erik Hernandez, Woody Tunnicliffe, Amy Mills, Mike Mills, Phillip Heern, Laurie Neef, Steph Jeltsch, and Tracy Heern.

Core group, day two.
11-059We have a lot of fun coming up with New York-centric slogans for t-shirts and coozies each year. We are grateful to the brilliant minds at Arthur Agency and the outstanding production work of Silkworm, Ink, who produces all of our apparel and promotional items. 03-020Robin Insley ran our VIP area and helped with every detail behind the scenes. You’re the best, Robin. Thank you!

05-024Royal Oak is the charcoal sponsor of the event and we burn bags and bags of charcoal, along with sticks of apple wood.
21-017Richard Hagmann from Royal Oak.
06-026Townsend Spice has blended our Magic Dust® since the early 1990s. They’re huge supporters of everything we do and we love having them with us at all of our events.
10-054Ole Hickory Pits built us this trailer for maximum fire power.
13-096This year we cooked a few whole hogs, too, and this year they were beautiful Chester White pigs from family-owned Cheshire Farms in Seven Springs, North Carolina. This is Marlowe Ivey and Esther Vaughn from Cheshire Farms.
08-040Lawson Linn of Townsend Spice, and our pit master, Phillip Heern.
02-008-Day2Each pit master serves one protein and one side. We always cook baby back ribs and our signature 17th Street tangy pit beans.

16-007Piles and piles of ribs.

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07-027GM Laurie Neef, with Tracy Heern in the background. They supervised the serving station and helped plate thousands of orders.
Makeshift dishwashing station. Oh, the glamour.

20-015Mike and me. I know I’m so very fortunate to be working alongside this man.

22-025Charlie Jones of C3, producers of the Block Party, along with many other music and wine and food festivals. Thank you for having us!

Stay tuned for more Block Party posts!

Photos by @Ken Goodman Photography. He’s a rock star. 

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