Barbecue fans will want to start bracing their colons for the 6th Annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party, which has been announced for June 7th and 8th in Madison Square Park. Gothamist tore through the festival of regional barbecue last year, devouring everything from pork shoulder to Brunswick stew to candied ribs.

New York will be well represented this year by Hill Country, Rack and Soul, Blue Smoke, and Dinosaur Bar-B-Que; other purveyors range from L.A.’s Mr. Cecil’s California Ribs to The Pit, based in Raleigh, North Carolina. In addition to all the food (which usually goes for about $8 a plate), free seminars and cooking demonstrations by top pitmasters will be held, first-come, first-served.

Last year the long lines made us vow to take advantage of the FastPass available to American Express card members – it gets you $100 to redeem on food and access to those heavenly express lines, facilitating maximum ‘cue consumption. Check the website for details and additional vendor announcements.