“Fun” may not be the most accurate word to use regarding the Big Apple BBQ Block Party this weekend: I would call it divine. Over dramatic? Maybe. But if you love BBQ as much as I do then you’d agree; also if you agree, you were most likely there eating BBQ like I was. :-)
Located in Madison Square Park the event covered several blocks which meant A LOT of walking but I somehow doubt any of us there cared. There were well over a dozen BBQ places showcasing their specialties like pulled pork, ribs, baby back ribs, beef brisket, turkey, and sausage. As much as I love ribs – especially when they’re tender and come off the bone as easily as peeling a banana – I think I hit up every pulled pork place during the course of two days. And this is coming from a guy who isn’t a big fan of pork! I especially loved the pulled pork shoulders from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and their lovely BBQ sauce. God, it was good. The meat was tender and juicy, not even taking into account the sauce. Every order comes with a side order, usually cole slaw, but these guys served some very very good beans. And the best news about the place? They’re right here in NYC! The next time I’m in the mood for local BBQ this where I’m going to go. Here’s a pic of what they served:
For $8 per tray of food it may seem like much but once I took a bite into the food, it quickly dawned on me it was well worth that price. The rib joint I favored was from Nashville, TN’s Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint and their Western Tennessee-style whole hog. The meat was super tender and came right off the rib and as soon as the BBQ sauce touched my tongue, sheer pleasure coursed through me. No, I’m not exaggerating it was that good. Was it messy to eat? Hell yes it was but who cares!? It’s ribs! Besides, most of the vendors gave out wet naps which was nice of them. Here’s a pic of the tasty ribs:
Despite the less than stellar weather conditions and crowds, people still gathered to sample some of the best foods to come out of American culinary history. Far from healthy and a nightmare for dieters and vegetarians alike, this is comfort food at its finest. And arguably, its tastiest. Being that it’s summertime spending it outside would be a great idea. Until then, check out some more pics of the Big Apple BBQ Block Party.