Best Thing We Ate

The 3 Best Things We Ate at Big Apple BBQ

By Kelly Dobkin  |  June 9, 2014

The annual Big Apple BBQ went down this weekend in Madison Square Park, a two-day ode to all things slow-cooked and smoked in which famous pitmasters from all over the country fly in to show off their signature dishes. There were 18 vendors in total this year, five local (Hill Country, Blue Smoke, Delaney Barbecue, Hometown and Dinosaur) and a slew from BBQ hubs like Texas, the Carolinas, St. Louis and Tennessee. The event ran from 11AM-6PM both Saturday and Sunday of this weekend and the crowds amassed early resulting in epic lines (though for the most part, they moved quickly). Below are our three favorite dishes from the swine-heavy fest. Which ones were your favorites? Tell us in the comments.

  • Baby back ribs from Pappy's Smokehouse in St. Louis, MO

    The Memphis-style 'cue from this Missouri-based pitmaster churned out some serious delicious baby backs, which are dry rubbed and slow smoked over apple and cherry wood. You add your desired amount of sweet BBQ sauce on top. (FYI, the beans are the side were the best we've ever had.)

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    Pulled pork and slaw from Big Bob Gibson BBQ, Decatur, Al

    Smoky and tender pulled pork from this Alabama-based BBQ champ was made even more delicious with a dousing of Bob's white and red sauces. The vinegary cole slaw made for a perfect palate cleanser (or topping, depending on how you like it) in between bites. 

  • Whole hog from pitmaster Ed Mitchell

    North Carolina-based pitmaster Ed Mitchell recently opened Durham restaurant Que with his son Ryan. At this weekend's event he prepared whole hog which was tossed in the classic North Carolina vinegar-based sauce, resulting in some of the most interesting and complex flavors we tasted.