Sunday, June 7, 2009

Kick Off with a Block Party


Summer months call for summer cuisine, which means BBQ. No I do not mean hot dogs and hamburgers. Any real southerner will tell you that that's called grilling. So if your southern at heart head to Madison Square Park this weekend (6/13-6/14) for The Seventh Annual Snapple Big Apple Barbecue Block Party. The country's premier pit masters going to descend upon NYC to satiate the pallets of the most critical eaters this side of the Mason Dixon line. There are 15 different BBQ masters from Texas to North Carolina offering their specialties. Is pulled pork your thing? How about Texas brisket? Well try them both. all tents are serving plates for $8 a pop. Admission is free, so go see what whets your pallet first or just indulge. If they are still available, get yourself a fastpass. Its $100 and can be split between 2 people. Just like at Disney World, with this pass you can cut the line and try all the BBQed delights. Its good for all weekend so go back sat and Sunday. Prep your stomach and make sure you are there when it opens at 11 AM. If BBQ isn't your thing, this might be the first time, there is no line at Shake Shack.
To help with the country fair atmosphere, live bands will be playing all weekend long. Like peas and carrots, blues and country music just go with BBQ. You can listen to Lucero or The Dixons. After you eat your way through park, you are going to wish you could cook like this at home. Take one of the seminars offered to bring smoked goodness back to your kitchen. Get in line early, over 100,000 people attended the event last year. After this weekend, its going to be hard to eat at Brother Jimmy's again.

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