Some of the country's best barbecue is headed to Madison Square Park.
The annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party returns for its 15th year on June 10 and 11, filling the park with 15 pitmasters and their signature meats and sides.
There will also be live music, with eight groups and two DJs set to perform on stage at the park's southwest corner. The 2017 lineup, according to an announcement released Tuesday, includes the Brooklyn-based blues/rock/folk band the National Reserve and country singer-songwriter Cris Jacobs.
As for booze, that will be on tap at two beer gardens, one on the north side of the park, and a second on the south side.
Proceeds from food and beverage purchases benefit the Madison Square Park Conservancy.
Admission is free to the public, but a $150 "FastPass" entitles ticketholders to express lane access and $125 worth of merchandise. A $250 VIP pass tops those perks with credentials for a hospitality tent and open bar.
Here are the 15 pitmasters slinging $12 plates of meaty goodness this year:
- Jean-Paul Bourgeois, of Blue Smoke in Manhattan
- Billy Durney, of Hometown Bar-B-Que in Brooklyn
- Joe Duncan, of Baker's Ribs in Dallas, Texas
- Jonathan and Justin Fox, of Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q in Atlanta, Georgia
- Ash Fulk, of Hill Country in Manhattan
- Sam Jones, of Skylight Inn/Sam Jones BBQ, in Ayden, North Carolina
- Chris Lilly, of Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q in Decatur, Alabama
- Pat Martin, of Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint in Nashville, Tennessee
- Mike and Amy Mills, of 17th St. BBQ in Murphysboro, Illinois
- Nick Pihakis, of Jim 'N Nicks Bar-B-Q in Birmingham, Alabama
- Garry and Leslie Roar, of Ubon's Barbeque in Yazoo City, Mississippi
- Scott Roberts, of The Salt Lick BBQ in Driftwood, Texas
- Rodney Scott, of Rodney Scott's BBQ, Charleston South Carolina
- John Stage, of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Manhattan
- John Wheeler, of Memphis Barbecue Co. in South Haven, Mississippi
Dessert is courtesy of Texas' Original Fried Pie Shop and Mississippi's Sugaree Bakery.