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Video: Watch Prominent Pitmasters Discuss New York City's Barbecue Boom

How NYC shed its BBQ 'inferiority complex'
Jul 25, 2014 9:00 am

Organizer Mark Maynard-Parisi calls it the "mother yeast" of New York City's burgeoning barbecue community. We're talking, of course, about the annual Big Apple BBQ Block Party, first organized back in 2002 and now attracting some 150,000 people each year to Manhattan's Madison Square Park. Back in June, Food Republic was on the scene, interviewing pitmasters from near and far about the impact of the yearly festival and the roots of the city's barbecue boom in general. See how it all went down right here.

Video: Watch How Jerk Baby Back Ribs Get Made At Brooklyn's Hometown Bar-B-Que

Recipe is inspired by NYC's Caribbean community
Jul 23, 2014 4:00 pm

Brooklyn's Hometown Bar-B-Que gets a lot of love for its Texas-quality beef rib. But for a taste of something uniquely New York, try the jerk baby back ribs. Pitmaster Billy Durney, a Brooklyn native, says the recipe is inspired by the aromas he encountered growing up on the edge of a Caribbean immigrant community that often grilled meat outside on grate-covered shopping carts. Watch him whip up a fresh rack right here.

How Barbecue Has Become New York City's Most Addictive Smoking Habit

Big City pitmasters relish the no-rules atmosphere
Jul 22, 2014 9:00 am

Since the opening of Blue Smoke in 2002, New York City has made tremendous strides toward shedding its historical reputation as a barbecue backwater. We're talking about authentic barbecue, mind you, the kind that's slow-cooked over real smoldering wood. Not grilled or baked in some conventional gas oven, with possibly a dash of the pit master poseur's notorious cheat: liquid smoke. But, only recently has the quality of New York 'cue risen to such a level that it merits even a mention in the national conversation. Chris Shott takes a close look at the New 'Cue York.

Here's What You Need To Know About North Carolina Barbecue

It's all about the pork spiked with vinegar
May 21, 2014 4:00 pm

North Carolina's got a lot to be proud of, not least of all — their renowned barbecue. If you know that porky, vinegar-spiked NC 'cue, check out our sneak peak at Southern Living magazine's A-Z Guide to Southern Food from their June food issue, featuring a pit crawl of the Tarheel State's best pig.

Guide: 2014 Barbecue Competitions, Festivals And Smokeouts

A calendar of the nation's best BBQ events
May 1, 2014 10:00 am

The smoke just keeps on a-rollin’. Earlier this year, we gave you a list of barbecue competitions across the country and around the world to help plan your vacation calendar. Since then, more and more events have been scheduled and announced, so here’s an update to ensure you’re never more than a few weeks away from getting your recommended intake of hickory in your bloodstream. A guide to the best barbecue festivals in the United States, after the jump.

16 Of The Country's Top Barbecue Masters Are Visiting NYC In June

Welcome back, Big Apple Barbecue Block Party!
Apr 11, 2014 1:00 pm

New York City will play host to some of the nation’s best barbecue at the annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party the weekend of June 7-8. Taking place in Madison Square Park and neighboring streets, the two-day festival will feature 16 of the country’s top pitmasters from a a dozen states.

Get The Best Of Texas Barbecue…In Brooklyn

Texas Monthly dinner event countdown: one week
Mar 21, 2014 9:00 am

Texas Monthly's “50 Best Texas BBQ Joints” list is widely considered the BBQ bible and a definitive road map to the promised land. So, how to get in on the fun if your travel plans aren’t taking you to Texas anytime soon? If you'll be in New York City next week, you're in luck. Read on.

Texas Barbecue Map Declares War On Rival Barbecue Sovereignties

With a big middle finger to the rest of BBQ nation
Feb 5, 2014 3:00 pm

Here is a map that pulls no punches, and of course it’s from Texas Monthly. TM is a fine magazine that publishes thoughtful "think" pieces and political takedowns that has given the publication a sort of New York magazine of the South reputation. One of the initiatives that sets it apart from other sleepy regional magazines is the editor's obsession with the barbecue of their home state, by and large an all-beef affair. And this map serves as a large middle finger to the rest of the country.

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