Big Apple BBQ 2014

It was a gorgeous day for the 12th annual Big Apple BBQ held in Madison Square Park this weekend. We've been lucky enough to attend 10 of these festivals and made sure to get there early for some of our favorites.  Pappy's Smokehouse was number one on Mr. T's list this year.

These guys are out of St. Louis and specialize in Memphis Style ribs, dry rubbed and smoked over apple and cherry wood.  They're sticky and sweet...perfect with their maple glazed baked beans.

I had two favorites this being the Whole Hog from Ed Mitchell.  This mammoth sandwich is tender and rich with crunchy pieces of crackling sprinkled throughout.  No sauce is needed on this it's perfection just as it is.

My other favorite is Big Bob Gibson.  His pulled pork is smoky and sweet with a tangy mustard coleslaw on the side that's a great complement to the meat.

It was nice to see a few new guys this year from NYC like Delaney Barbeque who dolled out a Brisket Sausage sandwich and Hometown BBQ who produced an amazing Beef Short Rib. 

There were a few improvements to the festival this year.  They added an extra beer tent at the North End of the park and lowered the cost of beer from the insane $9.00 a glass the year before to $6.00.   The only downside to this year's festivities were the lines.  Mr. T and I bought Fast Passes and it was abundantly clear that they were incredibly oversold.  I watched at each tent and saw the regular lines out front go much quicker than the the Fast Pass lane.   Luckily this is something that can easily be fixed for next year..another great Big Apple BBQ in the books!