Big Apple BBQ 2013

The weather gods let the incredible sheets of rain stop for two glorious days of the Big Apple BBQ Block party.  I got there early with my Fast Pass for the best Pulled Pork sandwich I've ever eaten at Big Bob Gibson.

Pitmaster Chris Lilly was on hand and the sandwich was just as incredible as I remembered... nice brunt ends and lots of saucy meat.  Then it was onto 17th Street for their smoky Baby Back Ribs.

I had to take a break and do a little walk around the park to get some stomach room going...hey there's Ed Mitchell checking on his whole hog!

I still wasn't ready for round two so I stopped into Eleven Madison's Kentucky Bourbon party and ordered an incredible Old Fashioned.

Normally drinking an Old Fashioned at 11:45 in the morning would be crazy but it seemed totally appropriate on BBQ weekend.

The band was fantastic.  I stayed for the whole set and finally felt ready for round two.  Over to Jim N' Nick's for some extra spicy sausage with creamy pimento cheese.

Then a quick stop at Dinosaur to check out their Brisket Sandwich..this thing was so incredible I went back on Sunday to get one more.

The day always needs to end with something sweet so it was over to the Original Fried Pie Shop for our last stop.

I swear there must have been about three sticks of butter in this thing...

...but it was totally worth it for the golden cherry goodness inside.

Besides the ridiculous beer pricing ($9 for a Shiner Bock!) we had a lovely time listening to music and enjoying the atmosphere.  Another successful BBQ in the books...eleven years and going strong!