Big Apple BBQ Returns This Summer; Lineup of Nation’s Top Pitmasters Announced

The 14th annual Big Apple BBQ returns on June 11 and 12 in Madison Square Park featuring Blue Smoke, Hill Country, and more

Who would say no to a plate (or two, or three) of ribs and smoky brisket? 

The Big Apple BBQ Block Party is the biggest celebration of smoked meats, dry rubs, and secret sauces this side of the Hudson River, and it’s coming back on June 11 and 12.The Big Apple BBQ, held for 14 years in Madison Square Park, is free to the public and each plate of barbecue ribs, brisket, and sausage, costs $10.

Guests will be able to sample smoky plates from 13 different pitmasters from around the country, including Jean-Paul Bourgeois from Blue Smoke, Charles Grund Jr. from Hill Country, Scott Roberts from Salt Lick BBQ in Texas, and John Wheeler from Memphis Barbecue Co. in Missouri. The music lineup for the festival has not yet been announced.

After a hiatus last year, the Fastpass is back. For $125, you can skip the lines and get $100-worth of food and beverages. For $275, you can get all of that, plus access to the VIP tent with extra seating. Tickets are available online now.


You can see our coverage from the BBQ last year here.