Big Apple Block Party Lineup Announced
Fifteen Pitmasters for Fifteen Years of Barbecue in Manhattan
Posted April 7, 2017
This year, the party is scheduled for June 10 and Sunday June 11th, and the organizers just announced the lineup of cooks for the event. It’s an impressive list—15 talented teams from 9 different states, representing a broad cross-section of regional styles, and a few hometown favorites, too.
The Locals (New York, NY)
Jean Paul Bourgeois, Blue Smoke
Billy Durney, Hometown BBQ
Ash Fulk, Hill Country
John Stage, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
Joe Duncan, Baker’s Ribs (Dallas, TX)
Scott Roberts, Salt Lick BBQ (Driftwood)
Jonathan Fox & Justin Fox, Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q (Atlanta)
Sam Jones, Skylight Inn (Ayden) & Sam Jones BBQ (Winterville)
Chris Lilly, Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Que (Decatur)
Drew Robinson, Jim ’N Nicks Bar-B-Q (Birmingham)
Pat Martin, Martin’s Bar-B-Que (Nashville)
Mike Mills & Amy Mills, 17th St. BBQ (Murphysboro)
Gary Roark & Leslie Roark Scott, Ubon’s Barbeque (Yazoo City)
John Wheeler, Memphis Barbecue Co (South Haven)
Rodney Scott, Scott’s Bar-B-Que (Hemingway) and Rodney Scott Barbecue (Charleston)
The Big Apple Block Party is a fundraiser for the Madison Square Park Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that supports and maintain the gardens, amenities, and programming within the seven-acre public green space. Admission to the event is free, and each station sells their barbecue for $12 a plate. Those with big appetites and an aversion lines can buy a Fast Pass for $150, which allows the holder and a guest to access “express lanes” and apply $100 toward food and drink.
For at least one weekend this year, midtown Manhattan is going to be smelling pretty darn good!
Johnny Harris Carolina Mustard Sauce
Savannah's Johnny Harris Restaurant closed its doors in the summer of 2016 after over 80 decades in business, but their sauce factory is still up and pumping. This yellow mustard sauce was created to please the restaurant's clientele from across the river in South Carolina.