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What is the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party?

The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party takes place the second weekend each June in Madison Square Park and surrounding streets, attracting people from near and far to celebrate America’s authentic culinary and musical traditions. Event admission is free, with award-winning barbecue and Southern-inspired fare from the country’s top pitmasters available for purchase. Live performances from […]

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2015 Music

Each year we feature a few incredible musical guests who help us turn up the heat at the South end of the park. Check out the performance schedule: Saturday, June 13 1:00-2:15pm Reed Turner Band 2:45-4:00pm Shook Twins 4:30-5:45pm Andrew Combs Sunday, June 14 1:00-2:15pm Whiskey Shivers 2:45-4:00pm Nikki Lane 4:30-5:45pm Jonny Fritz Get to […]

2015 Around The Park

Are you ready for the weekend? From freshly smoked meats to delicious cold drinks, the 13th annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party will be packed with the best of the best from around the country. While you’re exploring the pitmaster preparations, don’t forget to check out even more of the fun – and delicious – […]

About Us

Great ‘Cue. Great Music. In The Heart Of It All. The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party is a celebration of the craftsmanship of ‘cue, represented by the most talented pitmasters in the country. Each one brings their signature approach to the tradition of ‘cue to New Yorkers the second weekend in June in Madison Square […]

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Drew Robinson

Serving Smoked Pork Hot Links with Pimento Cheese Drew Robinson, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, graduated from the New England Culinary Institute. In 1997 he moved to Mendocino, California, where he expanded his knowledge of technique and ingredient-driven food. In 2001, he returned to his hometown to work with Frank Stitt at Highlands Bar and […]

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Brad Orrison

Serving Chopped Whole Hog Sandwich with Baked Beans Brad Graduated from Ole’ Miss in 2000 with a degree in Marketing. In 2001 Brad and his sister Brooke Orrison Lewis opened the doors to a tiny 300 square foot BBQ take out on Hwy 57 between Ocean Springs and Vancleave, MS. Within 5 years The Shed […]