New Yorkers feast on country's best barbecue in Madison Square Park

By staff

The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party brings some of the country's best barbecue — including ribs from a newly minted James Beard Award winner — to Madison Square Park each year. On Saturday, New Yorkers descended upon the park to feast.

Mike "Chopper" Parott, from Sam Jones BBQ in Ayden, North Carolina, chops pork for sandwiches.

Pulled pork sandwiches from Sam Jones BBQ.

Star whole-animal butchers Erika Nakamura, left, and Jocelyn Guest serve up three types of sausages made with meats from upstate.


Holly Holbrook-Gross has a kielbasa from the J&E Small Goods booth.

Holly Holbrook-Gross enjoys her kielbasa.

Mike Brixey, representing Dallas, Texas, works the grill for Baker's Ribs.

Stomachs full, Mike Bovino of North Massapequa, Monaca Marquez and Nicola Marquez rest on the lawn.

Grill masters Jake Timmons, left, and Scott Irvine from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que prepare ribs.

Erin Harpe performs at the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party.

Tiffany Charbonier, left, and Matt Huiatt eat ribs from Rodney Scott's BBQ.