It's time to start thinking about barbecue.
Oh, we know you've been thinking about it already. Now's the time to figure out a game plan for Big Apple Barbecue, the annual block party featuring over a dozen pitmasters from both NYC and around our fine country.
Because if you've ever been before, you know it can be something of a smoke-filled tsunami of tourists and similarly BBQ-obsessed folk who get a wee bit saucy (and occasionally violent) if you if you get between them and their brisket.
For those who haven't been, here's your primer: It's one weekend long, and totally free to attend. Each pitmaster, whether they're from Memphis Barbecue Co. or New York's own Blue Smoke, sells plates for $9 each. And they don't scrimp.
Problem is, there are long lines. You can buy your way out of this by purchasing a quickly selling-out Fastpass, which puts you ahead of everyone else in your own special line. Score one for cheaters!
And as a bonus for this year, there will be a Weber Grilling School teaching you how to perfect your own charred grub and a special Alabama Gulf Seafood No Bone Zone, with fresh-shucked oysters from the guys at Wintzell's Oyster House.
Our advice? Come hungry.