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Mating Beer & BBQ

What goes better with BBQ than beer?  The folks over at The Kitchn have put together a nice article about pairing the two together.  While this article is directly related to smoking or grilling, it does speak to the one of the most important compliments to good food – and that is a good beverage.

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8th Annual Big Apple BBQ Block Party

Big Apple Barbecue Block Party

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The Eighth Annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party takes place in Madison Square Park June 12-13, 2010, from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM. The weekend-long event takes place every June and brings together the country’s top pitmasters who cook up their award-winning food for over a hundred thousand barbecue enthusiasts. Set against the beautiful backdrop of Madison Square Park, the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party attracts people from near and far to sustain and celebrate America’s authentic culinary and musical traditions.

Admission to the event is free. Take in the sights, sounds and smells of the event – from great live music to engaging seminars and cooking demonstrations – without ever dropping a dollar. The country’s best barbecue is available from top pitmasters for only $8 per plate.

Proceeds from the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party support the Madison Square Park Conservancy, the organization responsible for the beauty, ongoing maintenance, and programming of this historic park.

The Novice Smoker will be in attendance – taking pictures and testing all the food – for quality control reasons, of course 🙂 If you’re in the area, come on down for some good music and great food. And, the best part is that it all goes towards a great cause.


I know it’s been only a few days, but I’ve decided to tweak the look for this blog a little.  I believe the old look was a little too…futuristic (for lack of a better word)…and this look is a little more calm and easier on the eyes.  Let me know what you think.

And away we go…

So, after years and years of throwing raw meat on fire and eating the deliciousness that results, I’m changing up the pace a little and experimenting with the world of smoking.  I welcome you to join me as I chronicle my experiences – both on the smoker and on the grill.  There should be comedy, successes, failure, and good eats along the way.  Thanks for joining us!