Its finally here, the weekend my husband and I dream about all year. June 12-13 marks the 8th annual Big Apple BBQ Block Party in Manhattan's Madison Square Park! What? You've never heard of this weekend of beautiful gluttony? Oh, I shall explain then...
Since 2003, pit masters from around the United States have descended on Madison Square Park to sell their delicious wares to the hungry masses. From as far west as Baker's Ribs in Texas to Rack and Soul in NYC, 17 barbecue joints will choose one tasty BBQ dish to sell at $8 a pop this Sat and Sun. Baby back ribs, pulled pork, whole hog, homemade smoke sausage, beef brisket, coleslaw, some local beer and more will soon be in my belly!
The lines are super long, as you can imagine, so we've purchased a Fast Pass for 3 years running which allows us to get on the shorter VIP lines and gives us $100 of food (yes, we can eat that much!). And because this will be our first year bringing Andrew to the festival, I've already started strategizing which stalls we'll hit first. Oh, who am I kidding--I strategized last year too!
If you're in the NYC area, a good tip is to bring a blanket and/or camp chairs and your own drinks to save all your money for the 'cue. Also, if you need a bathroom, there are pay bathrooms around the park, but you can also try using the bathrooms at Best Buy or Home Depot on 23rd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues.
Well, I better get to work packing our picnic gear and the baby's diaper bag. We're headed out nice and early. Hope you can make it there if you're in the area!