Big Apple BBQ

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Three letters spell summer: BBQ. And while feasting on the eats prepared by your personal favorite grill master—like that uncle, cousin, or friend’s mom who burns at cookouts— is always awesome, festivals such as the Big Apple Barbecue give folks an excuse to go full Clump for a day.

Why? ‘Cause the only thing better than downing food from your loved ones who like to chef it up is tasting grub made by pros who’ve taken a vow to ensure anything that touches their grills leaves customers wobbling out and hungry for more.

Mouth not watering yet? Check out the top belly rub inducing delights CASSIUS spotted at the Big Apple Barbecue, which features the nation’s top pit masters.  And make sure you mark your calendars for BBQ grub fests near you—or a drive by if you’re in the right area.

Reppin’ North Carolina: Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q trekked to NYC to show off its famous smoked pork hot links.

Big Apple BBQ

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Reppin’ Texas: Baker’s Ribs isn’t coy about itsspecialty. The Texans wowed fans with one of their signature dishes, St. Louis ribs with jalepeño coleslaw.

Big Apple BBQ

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Reppin’ California: Hill Country BBQ showed up and out with its brisket and house pickles.

Big Apple BBQ

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Reppin’ Alabama: Big Bob Gibson Bar-b-que blessed the crowd with its pulled pork sandwich coupled with spicy mustard coleslaw.

Big Apple BBQ

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Reppin’ Mississippi: Ubon’s Barbeque delivered on its promise to ensure their Mississippi wings and sausages were finger-licking good.

Big Apple BBQ

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Reppin’ North Carolina: Skylight Inn came through serving a whole hog sandwich with sweet slaw.

Big Apple BBQ

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