I look forward to attending the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party in NYC’s Madison Square Park on Madison Avenue every year and have attended all but one (missed it because of a conflict with my son’s college graduation) over the past 9 years. While all have been special in their own ways, none have provided better weather than the one this weekend. Saturday was simply spectacular and was the perfect frame for some wonderfully smokey and delicious pork, beef and more.
It’s next to impossible to get to every pit in one day. As a result I spent most of my time visiting with old friends and making some new ones. It was glorious! Here are a few highlights and a link to the rest of the photos on Flick’r.
This is the final year that the Barbecue will be run by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, though Danny assures me that they will remain very involved. Starting next year, the event will be run by a group from Austin, Texas led by Chef Tim Love. The location and the basic character of the event will remain the same, but word has it that they are thinking of diversifying the food a bit beyond the basic pork and beef that dominates the line-up now. I am assured that the event is in good hands and I’m already looking forward to returning to see what is in store.