The Best Food Porn from the Big Apple Barbecue

Seventeen of the country’s top pitmasters came together in NYC to make pulled pork shoulder, beef brisket, baby-back ribs, and more.

  • There's nothing quite like grilling pig parts over open flames. (Photo:
  • Peppery beef brisket from NYC's Hometown BBQ. (Photo:
  • Best-in-show? Beef ribs from Brooklyn's Hometown Bar-B-Que, according to
  • Andouille sausage with chow chow, courtesy of the locals at Blue Smoke. Photo
  • You know what goes good with piles of smoked meat? Pappy, that's what. (Photo:
  • Chopped barbecue sandwiches (including one with extra pig skin) from Skylight Inn. (Photo:
  • Go whole hog or go home. (Photo:
  • Two of our favorite things in this world: Cute kids and 'cue. (Photo:
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  • "Brb, dying" is the only thing
  • "Sunday funday...BBQ edition." (Photo:
  • Quite the spread from 17th Street Bar & Grill. (Photo:
  • "Vegans rejoice!" says
  • Behold the St. Louis-style ribs from Baker's in Dallas. (Photo:
  • Let's take another look at Billy Durney's brontosaurus beef rib from Hometown, shall we? (Photo:
  • "Now leave me alone while I pound a cold one." (Photo:
  • Unofficial Madison Square Park mayor Danny Meyer makes friends with the guys from Pappy's Smokehouse in St. Louis, MO. (Photo:
  • Brisket with the works. (Photo:

Yesterday, 125,000 smoked-meat fans swarmed Madison Square Park for the 12th annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party. Seventeen of the nation’s top pitmasters were on hand, serving everything from Alabama pulled pork shoulder to Memphis-style baby back ribs. Legends like Rodney Scott of Scott’s Bar-B-Que (Hemingway, SC) wowed the crowd with expertly cooked whole hogs, while NYC up-and-comer Daniel Delaney held his own with stellar beef brisket.

Our own gorging time was limited when we stopped by yesterday, but memorable bites included the shredded swine from Scott’s, which was punched up with crunchy pieces of crackling, and a delicious, vinegar-laced pulled-pork sandwich from Martin’s Bar-B-Que out of Nashville, TN.

In case you couldn’t make it to the ‘cue fest—or you just want to relive those glorious meat sweats—we rounded up the best Instagram photos of this year’s Big Apple Barbecue party. Click through the gallery for a ridiculous amount of barbecue porn, plus some key shots of dudes chopping up huge hunks of pork.

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  • squatty

    brisket not rendered properly. fail.

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