Legendary Pitmaster Ed Mitchell returns to the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party with his son Ryan. An incredibly talented father-son duo, Ed and Ryan look forward to serving their family legacy of the most tasteful whole hog BBQ in the south to guests at the 14th Annual event. Longtime fans will remember Ed as one of the original pitmasters who helped establish the Big Apple Block Party as one of the most exciting food and music festivals in the country.
A native of Wilson, North Carolina, ‘known for its eastern style vinegar based BBQ,’ Ed’s passion began in early childhood where his family would celebrate – whether holiday, special occasion, or end the tobacco season – with amazing barbecue.
A grandson of small farmers, Ed learned at an early age how to prepare whole hogs using a 150-year old method taught to him by his father and grandfather. Although education, work-life, and military experiences took him away from family traditions for a period, they came flooding back immediately upon returning to Wilson and the family business.
Ed’s commitment to authentic whole hog barbecue and farm-raised animals places him in a unique position within the culinary community, and one of the nation’s most sought-after Pitmasters. Ed is featured prominently in episode of Michael Pollan’s award-winning documentary, “COOKED,” which considers the cross-cultural tradition of barbecue and cooking with fire. Barbecue as togetherness is the passion and philosophy that drives the Ed Mitchell brand. Visit Ed Mitchell’s Que @ the Creek in Raleigh, NC, to enjoy his family’s tradition and legacy serving the best barbeque in the Carolinas.