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This Saturday and Sunday (June 9th-10th from 11am-6pm), the extremely popular Big Apple BBQ returns to Madison Square Park. It’s free to attend, and there will be 18 of the best pitmasters in the United States cooking up different regional styles of barbeque ribs, chicken, pork, beef and more for about $8 a plate. They start the smokers Friday and by Saturday morning the lines get long for an amazing array of tasty bbq all in one place. Best bet is to split up among friends into different lines and then sit down in Madison Square Park to share and enjoy the different flavors. There are also regional music including Southern Culture on the Skids and 5 more bands).

Here is the list of confirmed pitmasters with stands at the 2012 Big Apple BBQ:

Baker’s Ribs (Dallas, TX): St. Louis Style Ribs, The Original Fried Pies

Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q (Decatur, AL): Pulled Pork Shoulder

BlackJack Barbecue (Charleston, SC): Pulled Pork Shoulder

Blue Smoke (New York City): Salt & Pepper Beef Ribs

Checkered Pig (Danville, VA): St. Louis Style Ribs

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (New York City): Pulled Pork Shoulder

Ed Mitchell (Raleigh, NC): Whole Hog

Hill Country (New York City): Beef Brisket

Jack’s Old South (Unadilla, GA): Beef Brisket

Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q (Birmingham, AL): Smoked Sausage

Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint (Nashville, TN): Western Tennessee-Style Whole Hog

Memphis Championship Barbecue (Las Vegas, NV): Baby Back Ribs

Pappy’s Smokehouse (St. Louis, MO): Baby Back Ribs

Rack & Soul (New York City): Baby Back Ribs

The Salt Lick BBQ (Driftwood, TX): Beef Brisket, Sausage

Scott’s Bar-B-Que (Hemingway, SC): Whole Hog

17th Street Bar & Grill (Murphysboro, IL): Baby Back Ribs

Ubon’s Barbeque (Yazoo City, MS): Pulled Pork Shoulder

And here is a video of last year’s event: