Mitch Weinstein checks out this year’s 10th anniversary Big Apple BBQ Block Party – and is only somewhat grouchy.
By Mitch Weinstein
First, lemme get this out of the way: I hate crowds. I know, I know…it seems kind of silly that Significant Eater and I live in NYC if I hate crowds so much. Maybe I’m just cranky and think that I hate crowds; or maybe I’m just much more tolerant than I think I am and I really like crowds? Yeah, right.
So, what’s with all this stuff about crowds? Well, this past weekend brought us the 10th anniversary of the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party (hereinafter known as the BABBQBP, because that’s so much easier to type). This barbecue festival, which brings together close to 20 BBQ pitmasters from around the country, helps to raise funds for the Madison Square Park Conservancy, which is, imo, a great cause.
OK – now that I’ve gotten most of my gripes out of the way, I do have to say we tasted some mighty fine ‘cue this year. One of our new favorites was the whole hog bar-b-que from Scott’s Bar-B-Que in Henderson, South Carolina; the smoky pig served up with a side of crispy skin and some tasty sauce. As this picture proves, BBQ ain’t easy…
Mitch Weinstein is an avid seeker of good food, culinary school grad and writer of the blog Tasty Travails. When not cooking at home, he is on the hunt for that next delicious restaurant meal, great market or maybe even a cocktail. He regularly contributes to the food and drink forums on mouthfulsfood.com, eGullet.org, Chowhound.com and others.