The smoke was billowing, the sauce was bubbling. The beer was chilling, the beans were heating, the slaw was cooling and the dogs were licking their chops.
It was a great day for eaters, a nightmare of a day for vegetarians and cardiologists. It was the 2007 edition of the Big Apple Bar*BQ & Block Party.
For the fifth year in a row, barbeque experts from around the USA gathered in Madison Square Park to cook, sell their tastiest creations and preach the gospel of the grill.
Although some folks decried the BBQ’s lack of a representative from Kansas City, the fest included pitmasters from Alabama, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virigina, Boston and even Manhattan, dishing up tons of ribs, sausages, pulled pork, chicken, Brunswick Stew, beans, pickles, cole slaw, apple turnovers and blueberry pie.
And for dieters, it was a terrible, awful, no-good, very bad day.
Big Apple BBQ Welcome sign
Eating Baker’s Ribs
Manning the grill at Jake’s Boss BBQ
Cooking pig skin at Ed Mitchell
Dining on the curb
Bench full of barbeque eaters
Feeding the dogs
Eating from paper baskets
Using newspaper boxes as tables
Wendy the Snapple lady
Basting ribs at Rack & Soul
Picnicking on the grass
Using a window ledge as a table
Stirring the Proclamation Stew Crew’s Brunswick Stew
Ryan Shaw singing
Licking up every last drop
Big Apple Bar*BQ & Block Party
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