Big Apple BBQ Is Back This June Featuring The Best 'Que Nationwide

Smoked ribs, pork, and brisket as far as the eye can see (well, at least until the end of Madison Square Park). Is your mouth watering yet? It's time for the return of the New York City Big Apple Barbecue Block Party, with live music, drinks, and plenty of meat. This is the 13th annual iteration of the festival, started by Danny Meyer, that celebrates authentic, Southern-style pit barbecue. It will take place on June 13 and 14 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and proceeds will go toward the Madison Square Park Conservancy.

The festival celebrates the best pitmasters that New York and other cities nationwide have to offer, including Jean-Paul Bourgeois of Blue Smoke, Charles Grund, Jr. of Hill Country Barbecue Market, Tim Love of the Woodshed Smokehouse in Dallas and Fort Worth, John Stage of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que,, and John Wheeler of Memphis Barbecue Co. in Horn Lake, Minnesota.

Sadly, this year the festival will not offer a FastPass, which originally allowed you to skip the lines and head straight for the goods.

"The FastPass was designed to expedite lines, but with the ability to accept and process credit cards more quickly than the pre-loaded passes, we felt it was time to reassess this option," says event partner Tim Love. "Removing the FastPass line will allow us to improve the service flow and offer a more enjoyable experience for all attendees."

Feeling hungry for more? V.I.P. "BigPiggin'" passes are on sale today for $275 each. They give you access to V.I.P. areas, complimentary beer and wine, air-conditioned restrooms, and an opportunity to meet the pitmasters.