The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party, an annual weekend celebrating all things barbecue in Madison Square Park, will return June 7 and 8 for its 12th year– and the highly coveted “FastPasses” are on sale today at noon.
Who’s there? Some of the country’s best pitmasters make the journey to New York each year to smoke up their best, including Mike Mills (17th Street Bar & Grill in Murphysboro, Ill.), Ed Mitchell (Raleigh, N.C.), Chris Lilly (Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q in Decatur, Ala.), and more.
What’s a FastPass? In short, the best way to taste everything the Block Party has to offer. With so much barbecue talent in one place — and more than 140,000 annual visitors to the weekend-long party — the wait for a plate of pork can be formidable. The FastPass gets you into an express line for each station, bypassing the main queue and thus getting the ‘cue in your hands as quickly as possible.
How much? Each FastPass is $125, but includes $100 redeemable for food and drink — so for true barbecue aficionados out to sample as much as possible, that’s just an additional $25. Or if you’re really in for the celebration, the Big Piggin’ Pass gets you FastPass access and much more — a VIP tent with shaded seating and restrooms, plenty of table space, Southern fare from Danny Meyer’s Union Square Events, and best of all: an open bar of beer, wine and cocktails.
Madison Square Park
Madison Avenue, between 26th and 27th streets