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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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2015 Charleston Brown Water Society Barbecue Invitational

01-6767We traveled to Charleston in July for the second annual Charleston Brown Water Society Barbecue Invitational. I arrived a few days early so I could check out John Lewis’s pop-up at Revelry Brewing. As you can see, Charlestonians are quickly getting the hang of lining up for barbecue.

02-6775This mile-high sandwich was so delicious.

03-6776And this plate of barbecue did not disappoint.

04-6789The best part of these events happens late night, around the fire, as we prepped and cooked for the event, traded stories, ate delicious snacks, and imbibed the famous painkillers from Hometeam BBQ.


06-6801Early Sunday morning, I swung by The Daily, my favorite coffee and juice shop, to bring some treats to eat while we were cooking.

Dusting the ribs. 07-6812Always a treat to see Robert Moss and he brought Mike and me and Pat Martin an autographed copy of his new book: Barbecue Lovers: The Carolinas. Robert is a thoughtful, fair, and smart writer and any barbecue enthusiast will enjoy reading this book. Put it on your list!


A peek at Pat Martin’s hog.

I don’t have many photos of this event because we were so busy cooking and serving. We had a great time, though, and very much appreciate the invitation! Thanks to the CBWS boys and Angel Postell for throwing a great party and inviting us to be part of it.
09-6855Our tradition after Charleston events is a triple tower at The Ordinary.

10-6873On Monday, John and I went paddle boarding {me} and kayaking {him} with the dolphins on Bowen’s Island. Thanks to Melany Robinson for the recommendation and thanks to COA for the equipment. A beautiful day, despite the sudden rain shower. We got lots of exercise, thanks to some pretty high winds.

11-6879Beautiful afternoon light from Cypress restaurant.

12-6884Later that evening we met up with a group for burger night at Cypress. This represents one of everything on the menu.

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15-6906The  next day we picked the most delicious peaches and blackberries at Middleton Plantation.

Picking peaches. 16-6910And had lunch at Two Boroughs Larder, where we enjoyed a variety of delicious dishes before I had to dash for the airport.

17-6834Charleston, I love you.

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