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Big Apple BBQ Block Party 2009

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Last weekend, some friends and I braved the crowds and rain for the ultimate goal: barbecue.

It's been a few years since I attended the annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party in Madison Square Park. The last time was in 2006. It's a great festival, but can be a little overwhelming between all the different offerings and the million other people trying to get it:

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I only ended up sampling two offerings. Predictably, both were pork sandwiches, one from The Pit in Raleigh, the other from Martin's in Memphis. It was limited and probably took a total of an hour and a half of waiting time, but at the same time exemplifies what makes the fest so wonderful.

With the variety on offer, we could try out The Pit's sauce-less vinegary moistness and then sample Martin's with a dollop of spicy barbecue sauce on top. We finished off with some corn being served out in front of Eleven Madison Park from El Verano Taqueria before the rain started coming down and it was time to flee.

My real disappointment of the day was that I never got a chance to have any of the magnificent ribs being smoked up everywhere. I suspect next year, I'll just have to give in and get a fast pass and make a weekend of it.

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