The 14th annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party (BABBP) will take place over the weekend of June 11 in and around Madison Square Park. The BABBP is a charity event benefiting the Madison Square Park Conservancy that was founded and run by Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group until last year, when chef Tim Love and a Texas based event company purchased it. Word on the barbecue grapevine is that the event did not meet expectations and that it was "donated back" to the Conservancy, which sounds like a euphemism for "we didn't make any money."
Fortunately for the barbecue-loving public, and indeed for the park itself, the conservatory will be running the BABBP themselves this year, insuring that NYC will once again host one of the nation's premier barbecue events. The list of attendees is still being finalized but representatives for the Conservancy say it will be confirmed within two weeks. The BABBP has traditionally brought as many as 17 different pitmasters from across the nation and attracted as many as 125,000 visitors. Whether this year will be quite as ambitious remains to be seen. Stay tuned for more details.