NYC BBQ Cookoff 2017
2016 BBQ Cookoff, Historic Richmond Town

This Saturday, get your lunch across the Verrazano Bridge.


The sixth annual NYC BBQ Cookoff takes place from noon to 4 p.m. in Staten Island’s Historic Richmond Town.

The outdoor festival — set on the 100-acre historic town and farm museum, conjuring colonial Williamsburg vibes across the New York Harbor — will see 46 BBQ teams compete to be the best in the categories of chicken, brisket, pulled pork and ribs.


Festival entry gets you pulled pork samples from 25 of the teams, which you can vote on in the People’s Choice Awards. But the event, as the only New York City barbecue competition certified by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, is serious business. While you wash down meat snacks with free cans of Tsingtao beer and explore the bucolic grounds, KCBS-certified judges will select the winners, who will go on to participate in other nationally sanctioned tournaments, with the Jack Daniel’s World Championship in October the meatiest affair.

Organizer Frank Saulle tells us he expects close to 4,000 folks to come out this year. The festival is rain or shine, so be prepared to duck behind a bale of hay if the weather turns.

Here’s the full list of participating barbecue teams. Purchase advance tickets here.

If you go
NYC BBQ Cookoff
441 Clarke Ave., Staten Island
Saturday, April 8, noon-4 p.m.
Adults: $12.75 online, $15 door
Children: $6 online, $4 door

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