This weekend is theÂ Big Apple BBQ.Â From 11am â€“ 6pm on Saturday and Sunday, head to Madison Square Park and youâ€™ll see dozens of BBQ vendors from across the country.Â Admission to the event is free, butÂ if you want to eat ribs, brisket or pork, itâ€™s just $8 a plate.Â To further clarify, itâ€™s not all you can eat for $8, but each vendor sells plates of food for $8. Throughout the event, thereâ€™s entertainment, and there is also several beer tents if you want to drink during the event too.
I went a few years back, so thought it might be helpful to share some tips:
- If you want to avoid the lines, go at 11am.Â There will be lines at the Big Apple BBQ.Â To avoid them, go early.
- Splitsies.Â $8 a plate is pretty cheap for a pulled pork sandwich, but if you are like me, one sandwich will probably fill you up.Â As a result, grab a couple plates with friends and share.Â This way you are able to try a couple things.
- Look for the free vendors.Â If you are truly 89thÂ and Broke, look for the barbecue sauce tents. Â Stumpâ€™s BBQ sauce was giving out free pulled pork sandwiches one year.Â A great way to eat if on a budget!
- I look at the Big Apple BBQ as a chance to try vendors from across the country.Â Will I fly to NC for barbecue anytime soon? Probably not.Â Therefore, I skip any local BBQ vendors at this event, since I know I can visit them here in the city whenever I want.
If you decide to go, hope you enjoy the event!