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May 30, 2008 08:54 AM

Madison Square Park Big Apple BBQ?

I went last year. The lines were a mile long. You never got full because you would eat and stand then eat and stand again. I am thinking about buying the fast pass but I don't know if we can eat $100 of bbq. Is anyone else familiar with the event and how was your experience if you have gone before?

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  1. I just started a thread about htis!

    The lines aren't bad at ALL on the FastPass side. 15-20 minutes tops to me. And I only did the out of town pitmasters. Get there 12p-1pm if you're impatient. I've gone a few years now. Weather also dictates the lines. 1st day is always a little rough, 2nd day is always better, because it's volunteer staffed.

    I share a FastPass with one other person and always use it up. Note that you can also use it to buy merchandise! Load up on BBQ sauce from out of town purveyors. It's worth it and you don't have to pay a ridiculous amount for shipping if you guy online later on.

    1. can anyone opine regarding pitmasters that must be visited?

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      1. re: jsmitty

        THE PIT (Pitmaster Ed Mitchell) Whole Hog
        Big Bob Gibson's (Pitmaster Chris Lilly) Pulled Pork
        17th Street Baby Back Ribs (Pitmaster Mike Mills)
        The Salt Lick's brisket and sausage (ask for the deckle, I think their brisket is good but not great, however, there's only two brisket vendors this year, and one is new)

          1. re: kathryn

            kathryn, I agreed with you on Salt Lick. I heard all the raves and tried it two times in two years and were not excited both times. May be back home with all the proper equipments, the briskets will be better.

            I really loved 17th Street Baby Back Ribs. Buy their sauce every year too! :D

            1. re: kobetobiko

              I've been to Salt Lick in Dripping Springs, TX and it does seem to taste a tiny bit better there. Part of it might be the atmosphere, though.

              However, I miss Southside (they had the better brisket last year)! One of the BABBQ organizers told me that they had a conflict this year. Southside had better brisket than Salt Lick AND amazing sausage (Salt Lick's sausage is good but not great).

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          1. Boy, $100 worth of BBQ is a lot of food. However, last year the lines really were very long. Likely about 15 minutes or more at most stalls, less at others. We had some terrific Q, however. Two outstanding pulled pork sandwiches and some great ribs. It is a great NYC event. I think the $100 may be more for avoiding the lines then for getting $100 worth of food. Now, if only some of those spots would open up in the City.

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            1. re: comiendosiempre

              But $100 worth of food doesn't need to be just for one person. You can share with a whole bunch of people. If you have 3 or 4 people then it's just about the right amount (including drinks and sides). Plus you can purchase merchandise (like BBQ sauces from different vendors) there.

              You will be surprised how fast $100 will go.

              1. re: kobetobiko

                Kobe: I truly am dense, I fear. That is a great idea and I never thought about it. When we go we are four people, at least. The $100 can go very quick then. Is it the case that with that pass you can order two or more sandwiches at a time? Thanks.

                1. re: comiendosiempre

                  If you read the thread that kathryn started (link is above), it has everything you need to know about using the FastPass.

                  I believe the last day to get the pass is tomorrow!

                2. re: kobetobiko

                  Hey guys - sorry if I'm double-posting...
                  kobetobiko is right. $100 goes fast (and the lines arent worth it otherwise). If you have friends, the pass is a great option to share and enjoy...

                  I have two fast passes to sell since I cannot attend this weekend.
                  If anyone is interested in purchasing, I have one or two. I can be reached at:

                  Thanks - and happy eating!

                  1. re: epate23

                    Thanks to all who responded...
                    I have successfully - and quickly - sold my fast passes.

                    Have a great time on Sat and Happy Eating!

              2. 2 FAST PASSES for sale -- cannot attend bbq this weekend :(

                Hello Q lovers - sad to say I will be missing the Madison Park/Big Apple BBQ this year. However, a friend and I already bought two passes and now cannot attend the event this weekend.

                After reading some of these posts, it looks like there are folks looking to get their hands on either one or a pair of fast passes. Since I cant attend, please feel free to reach out to me at the email address below. If I cant have any pulled pork, I'd feel better knowing others will - w/o standing on line for it!