The time is finally upon us for one of the best annual food events in New York City, the Big Apple Barbecue. Held in Madison Square Park, pitmasters from across the United States converge on the city each June to showcase their finest barbecue – pulled pork, ribs, sausage, brisket, etc. Each pitmaster gets a stand throughout the park and you’re free to wander around to just one or all of them to sample some of their top barbecue. To add to the Southern atmosphere, live band performances take place throughout the day.

Big Apple Barbecue Pulled Pork
Photo courtesy of Big Apple Barbecue

Admission to the Big Apple Barbecue is free, but plates cost $9/each and desserts and beverages range from $3-$8. Another option (currently sold out) is buying a FastPass, which gives you VIP status to skip the lines.

Big Apple Barbecue The Salt Lick Line
Be prepared for long lines at the more popular spots. Photo courtesy of Big Apple Barbecue.

This year’s Big Apple Barbecue is being held Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Word to the wise, this event gets packed so show up early. I recommend getting there right at 11:00 a.m. and hitting up the top spots immediately. Lines start to form very quickly at the more popular vendors and you can be sitting in line for close to an hour if you’re late to the game.

This event is a personal favorite of mine so I highly recommend checking it out! See ya there!