It was that time of year again: the annual Big Apple Barbecue. Pitmasters from all around the country flocked to NYC to hotbox Madison Square Park with smoke from the nation's best barbecue. We made sure to stop by and try the ribs, brisket and pork that thousands lined up for this past weekend.
From Southern staple barbecuers, like Scott Roberts of Salt Lick BBQ in Driftwood, Texas, to hometown heroes, like John Stage of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que here in NYC, stations were cranking out plates of barbecue faster than any food festival we've seen before. Ed Mitchell and his son, Ryan, of Ed Mitchell's Q at the Creek in Raleigh, North Carolina, wowed us by roasting whole hogs, which ended up shredded and on a roll with their tangy coleslaw. Next door, we tackled sweet and sticky ribs from Mike Mills of 17th Street BBQ in Murphysboro, Illinois.
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And desserts were not forgotten. The Original Fried Pie Shop was frying apple, peach, blackberry and apricot hand pies; all of which were delicious. If cake was your preference, Sugaree's Bakery in New Albany, Mississippi, was selling its famous layer cakes (our favorite was the rainbow one, of course). Unrelated to the event, Eleven Madison Park was even frying doughnuts right outside its front door, tossing them in cinnamon sugar to order.
Long story short: Everything was delicious and eaten in quantities never before consumed by our editors. Here are the pictures to prove it.
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