FMS MUST SEE: Big Apple BBQ
It was the Summer of 2013 when I had my last forkful of pork. It wasn't my plan. I loved (still do) pork, but don't get me wrong, I didn't eat the pig from the roota to the toota, but I did get down on some ribs, pulled pork, pernil, cracklin' (pork rinds), pork chops and of course bacon. Now, why would I give up all the goodness of ribs? For my health? For religious beliefs? Because I love pigs and didn't want to eat them? Nope. Let's just say that someone really close to me strongly suggested that I stop...
I will say that it wasn't cold turkey for sure, it was a gradual process. This is not to say that I had pork for breakfast, lunch and dinner, or even multiple times a week/month. I enjoyed the tenderness of a good rib with either a dry rub or a wet sauce, the crispiness of a crunchy pork chop, the savoriness of a juicy pernil, but even with all of those descriptors, it wasn't hard for me to it give up. Which brings me back to my last taste of the oink. As mentioned, it was the Summer of 2013. My mom and I were looking for something to do, so I checked my email and saw an email from pulsd and it mentioned the Big Apple BBQ was happening that very day. I had gone in previous years so I knew that this would be a good day of feasting. My mom and I waited on multiple lines and it was well worth the wait. At the time, I didn't know that it would be my last time eating a juicy rib but that also didn't mean that I didn't have my fair share.
This annual festival has some of the best pitmasters in the U.S. From Tennessee to North Carolina, even NYC throws their hand in the fire. Even though the lines can be long, they move pretty fast and you'll always have another option. So now that I'm pork free for nearly two years, will I attend when it comes back? Well of course! Just because I'm no longer an oink connoisseur, I can still indulge in some tender brisket or even BBQ chicken. And I'm sure that by the time this 22 Day Revolution is over, I'll be ready to get elbow deep in some meat.
Big Apple BBQ
June 13-14, 2015 Madison Square Park, NYC
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