Big Apple Barbecue Block Party

I can’t move. Maybe i went a little overboard with the amount of food and beer i ingurgitated this afternoon. I think i single-handedly put pig on the list of species at risk of extinction today but you know, nothing will get in between the zen-man and his meat, not even temperatures flirting with 100’F as it was the case today in New York. It seems i wasn’t the only one. Throngs of sweaty New Yorkers were waiting in line at the sixth annual Big Apple BBQ Block Party to get a taste of dishes served up by pitmasters from across the country including brisket, sausage and coleslaw from The Salt Lick BBQ in Driftwood, Texas; pulled pork shoulder from Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q in Decatur, Alabama; and whole hog and coleslaw from Ed Mitchell’s The Pit in Raleigh, North Carolina.

New York was well represented, with Hill Country, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Rack & Soul, and Blue Smoke all showing off their urban barbecue chops and certainly holding their own alongside more traditional barbecue locales. I thought i would share with you a few pictures of this day in the park. Yes, i know. New York City is pretty awesome.

The cow-boys are in town. Heee yaa!

Shade, O’ precious shade.


Evil-looking smokers on wheel.


Pork shoulder baby.


Fire, smoke..and pork!

Some good old’ blues.. and beer (not pictured;)


When i grow up, i want one just like this..


New Yorkers with sticky fingers..


Ribs all the way from California, pretty damn good..


That’s where you vote for your favorite BBQ..


Cool street musicians with dobros..


Ribs from Blue Smoke in NYC..


The Zen-man reporting.. incognito.

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  • Manggy

    Yeah, New York certainly looks awesome! You don’t look very happy though Zenman! šŸ˜€ The full racks of ribs look fantastic. Wish I coulda been there. Keep those giant smokers away from me though… They look seriously evil!

  • canarygirl

    Now THAT looks like a fun party! Ribbbbssss… :)

  • Dhanggit

    oh Zenman I AM SOOOOOOOOOOOOO JEALOUS!! i love anything grilled!! next time i’ll be in new york i’ll see to it that it falls on this date :-) yummy

  • Peter M

    These ribfests come up north of the border each year and they are always good fun…beer and ribs? All in!

  • Clumbsy Cookie

    Is that thing you have on you head supposed to be a pig’s hat? Thanks for the report, everything looks sooooooooo good, I wanted to be there as well!

  • Colloquial Cook

    Mais tu es beau comme un coeur, avec ton casque de porcinet!

  • Ann

    Looks like a fun day, though too effing hot for moi! Remind me toi take you to Fette Sau one day soon. :-)

  • taste memory

    looks like a perfect + great day in ny!

  • Psychgrad

    Sounds like we’re having the same weather…in which case I really feel sorry for the people working by the smokers and grills.

    I could go for a rack of ribs. Maybe not this exact moment (it’s not even 10am), but give it a few hours and I’d willingly line up in this heat.

  • Meghan

    Zen, I always knew NY was awesome… but your post has pushed me right over the edge of awesomeness.

    Jealous….I want that smoker!

  • cakewardrobe

    My friends invited me to this event, but being that it was gazillion degrees out there, and that I”m not a big fan of big crowds, I skippped out. But wowsers, I feel like I was there through your photos!

  • b

    Ooo… I love great BBQ!!! Thanks for the mouth watering photos. Hope you get some rest after this feast!

  • Jenny

    Great pics of the BBQ bash, it looks like it was a great time, heat and all. I would have eaten till I busted too!

  • farida

    Sounds like it was a lot of fun! I can imagine or smell the smell of the BBQ in Big Apple:)

  • Elle

    Mmmmm, meat. :)

    Nice hat!

  • Catherine Wilkinson

    Where did the pictures of beer go? That’s messed up!
    Hey, I think it’s hotter there than in AZ!

  • Susan from Food Blogga

    You always crack me up. I have this image of you lying down on a sofa: thin body, with cartoon-sized huge meat-filled belly. Goofy, I know. But I can’t help it. :)

  • glamah16

    You look all cute in your piggy hat.I love these summer festivals.

  • Emiline

    I love BBQ! This looks fun. Thanks for reporting back all of the action. The picture are great.

    Oh…I think it’s yee haw. I know this, because I live in a town of hillbillies.

  • breadpitt

    cool!! i wish im there at the moment…!

  • Nicole

    Nice hat! Looks like a great time. I could do without the heat though. Been seeing it in the news. Yikes… and humidity. Well at least beer makes it all more tolerable.

  • Mike of Mike’s Table

    I am very jealous….and lol at the last photo.

  • Erin @ The Skinny Gourmet

    Ah we had rib fest in Chicago this past weekend as well. Sadly I missed it, but my friend Tony grilled up a truly spectacular rack of baby backs that I am still dreaming about.

  • We Are Never Full

    i’m still so PISSED I couldn’t go to this this weekend! I’ve read a bunch about it and it looked pants-splitting good! next year….

  • Chicopea

    are those bunny ears? dude you’re gonna hafta do better than that for your decoy! What a fun event

  • Jen

    Yay! Mr Cecil’s!! Did you try it?? I love that place…good thing it’s not too far from me!

  • Chicken & Waffles

    Aw, I love New York. It is the center of the universe.

    And I also have a fondness for French chefs in really goofy hats.

    Hope you had fun.

  • Jan

    WOW – What a great day you had! I’d have loved to have been there!

  • foodhuntress79

    Hey, Zen Chef- for godssake- smile! It’s a party out there! Haha

  • Corner Turn

    Dang! How did I miss that one?! Oh well….