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Get tickets and see the full lineup for the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party

By Rheanna O'Neil Bellomo

Madison Square Park is about to get smoked out again this summer. Today, tickets were released, along with the full chef lineup, for the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party. Scheduled for Saturday, June 13 and Sunday 14, the 13th annual blowout features some of the city's best barbecue experts, including Jean-Paul Bourgeois of Blue Smoke and Hill Country Barbecue's Charles Grund, plus Southern pit masters from BlackJack Barbecue in South Carolina and and Woodshed Smokehouse in Texas. 

While the weekend-long party is free to attend, plates piled with meat and various sides (cornbread, slaw) go for about $9. But with a $275 VIP pass, you'll get access to an open bar, eats delivered directly from the 'cue and an opportunity to meet the pit masters. 

Here's the full lineup of chefs: 

·       Jean-Paul Bourgeois: Blue Smoke (New York, NY)
·       Billy Durney: Hometown Bar-B-Que (Red Hook, NY)
·       Mike Emerson: Pappy’s Smokehouse (St. Louis, MO)
·       Charles Grund, Jr.: Hill Country Barbecue Market (New York, NY)
·       Jimmy Hagood: BlackJack Barbecue (Charleston, SC)
·       Samuel Jones: Skylight Inn (Ayden, NC)
·       Chris Lilly: Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q (Decatur, AL)
·       Tim Love: The Woodshed Smokehouse (Dallas/Fort Worth, TX)
·       Patrick Martin: Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint (Nashville, TN)
·       Mike Mills: 17th Street Bar & Grill (Murphysboro, IL)
·       Wayne Mueller: Louie Mueller Barbecue (Taylor, TX)
·       Brad Orrison: The Shed Barbeque & Blues Joint (Ocean Springs, MS)
·       Drew Robinson: Jim N’ Nick’s Bar-B-Q (Birmingham, AL)
·       Scott Roberts: The Salt Lick Bar-B-Que (Driftwood, TX)
·       Garry Roark: Ubon’s Barbeque of Yazoo (Yazoo City, MS)
·       John Stage: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (New York, NY)
·       John Wheeler: Memphis Barbecue Co. (Horn Lake, MS)


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