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Big Apple Barbecue Block Party: Media Mania

B. Smith and Thank You, Dan

One of the highlights of our summer is the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party held the second weekend of June in New York City. Some of the country’s most-renowned pitmasters, each famous for a specific, traditional regional style of barbecue, gather at Madison Square Park to feed 150,000+ barbecue-crazed New Yorkers. Live music in the park, a beer garden, and culinary discussions and demos round out the experience.

Spreading the gospel of barbecue and promoting the Block Party itself is a big part of our week in New York City and we hit the ground running the moment we arrive. We always try to make media appearances with another pitmaster or two, emphasizing the tight-knit relationships within the barbecue community.

Click here to listen to our chat with James Beard EVP Mitchell Davis at Heritage Radio.

Good Morning America

Mike and Elizabeth Karmel of Hill Country appeared on Good Morning America. Traditionally we do this spot in Central Park during the Friday morning concert series, but torrential downpours forced us into plan B – the GMA studios. Two teenage bands were playing and there were hordes of teenagers and their mothers trying to crowd into the studio. Watching Mike in make-up next to boys getting their hair straightened was quite a sight. Here’s a clip and one of our recipes on the GMA website.

Leonard Lopate ShowJohn Stage, Kenny Callaghan, and I did an interesting segment with Leonard Lopate. Leonard is an excellent interviewer with smart and insightful questions directed to each of us. Really a pleasure. You can listen to the interview online here.


NYC’s most-wanted BBQ gang striking a pose: Shovel – to dig a pit. Knife – to dismember. Gloves – leave no fingerprints. Wood – to burn the evidence. ~special thanks to John Hulslander for the photo and clever caption.

We were thrilled to film another segment of The Chew that featured many of our Block Party pitmaster friends and highlighted barbecue traditions from Alabama, South Carolina, New York City, and Southern Illinois. Watching the group above strike a pose and march  down Madison Avenue filming b-roll, for take after take, was pretty entertaining.

The ChewThis time we filmed with the lovely and personable Daphne Oz. We talked barbecue tips and sampled ribs and our famous pink panty pulldown punch. We all received lots of calls and compliments when the segment aired. We’re all very grateful to The Chew for highlighting the Block Party and America’s best barbecue!

Did you see the segment? What did you think?

Stay tuned for more stories about the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party.


Memphis in May: Filming "The Chew"

MIM_TheChew_FilmingGetting a call from The Chew producers in late April was an unexpected surprise. “We’re coming to film at Memphis in May and we want to feature Apple City Barbecue,” they told me. “Is that okay with you?” Ummm… hello! Of course!

The shoot took place over a two-day period and the first morning was pretty soggy. We completed all of the filming in our tent while the rain steadily fell. One of the plans was for us to take host Michael Symon on a walkabout and introduce him to some of our friends. That plan was about to get shelved because of the rain, but fortunately, the skies cleared later in the day.


The Chew was already scheduled to film Big Bob Gibson, Yazoo’s Delta Q, and Jack’s Old South. So we introduced them to our friends at The Shed

Boar’s Night Out {last year’s winners of Praise the Lard Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-off} …


And the Ribdiculous BBQ Krew, who fed us some delicious alligator ribs they had just cooked for the exotic category.


Yes, Lauren Hirschberg, I am trampling your lawn!

We’ve worked with Michael on several shows, most notably Food Feuds {where he named our ribs “best in St. Louis”} and Best Thing I Ever Ate where he chose our ribs as the best single bite of pork he’s ever eaten. Thank you, Michael. We remain incredibly grateful! Without fail I’ve watched him patiently pose for numerous fan photos and chat with people who approach him, with his trademark smile and genuine warmth shining through. The success of any show is the crew behind the scenes and the producers of The Chew are an incredibly personable and professional team. Huge shout out to Anthony, Maggie, Becky, and Katie – you’re the best!
MIM_TheChew_EveryoneThe Memphis in May story was part of a prime-time special about barbecue ranging from a clambake on the beach to a trail ride in Texas. We were thrilled to be part of the production along with so many of our barbecue friends.

More about our Memphis in May experience coming up next week!