For Immediate Release: June 1st, 2016

Press Contact: Jimmy Carbone
212 982 3006 / 917 386 8357

CookOut NYC™ “Little Big BBQ” to Feature Ribs King of NYC™

Ribs Cookoff, Battle of the Sides

Start summer off right with CookOut NYC’s Little Big BBQ, taking place Saturday, June 18th, on the East River waterfront (enter at 23rd Street). Join 10+ meat chefs and pitmasters as they compete in a ribs cookoff (inspired by Brisket King of NYC) with daytime programming to include a “Battle of the Sides” competition ($45 all-inclusive daytime session; evening all-inclusive tickets starting at $55).

The weekend before our Little Big BBQ will be the Big Apple BBQ where chefs from all over the country will compete for best in show meats. We're taking a page from that book and one from our own with a NYC-only chef competition that will crown (a la Brisket King) a Ribs King of NYC™ (both judges and people's choice awards will be given out). Plus, we'll add in plenty of vegetarian options for an all-inclusive BBQ eating and drinking experience during a daytime session that will focus on great sides that go with barbecue and the evening Ribs King of NYC Cookoff. Ticketing options include:

Saturday Evening Session - All-Inclusive Ribs King of NYC Ribs Cookoff Competition (21+)

  • 5-9PM - $100 VIP ticket – includes access to special VIP seated section on the stage plus an extra hour of the Ribs King of NYC CookOff and chance to vote for “best in show” people’s choice award; plus all-you-can-eat/drink with live music, additional grilling stations, all-American cuisine (including vegetarian options), beer & cider

  • 6-9PM - $55 GA ticket - includes all-you-can-eat/drink with live music, grilling stations, beer & cider plus Ribs King of NYC

  • Plus a limited number of private waterfront tents that include VIP admission and seating for six

  • Expected to compete for Ribs King of NYC and serving up Flying Pigs Farm pork ribs are the following restaurants/pitmasters (subject to change): Jean-Paul Bourgeois (Blue Smoke), Jake Dickson (Dickson Meats), Jay Fox (Hudson & Charles), Doug Keiles (Ribs Within), Pitmaster Robbie Richter, Billy Durney (Hometown BBQ), Bill Fletcher and Matt Fisher (Fletcher’s Brooklyn BBQ), Hill Country BBQ, others TBD

  • Hard cider and craft beer options, plus wine while supplies last

  • Live music and other entertainment (TBA) with waterfront viewing

Little Big BBQ - 1-4PM - $45 All-Inclusive Battle of the Sides

  • Battle of the Sides with Asian spicy greens, mac & cheese, grits, salads and other veggies from 5+ chefs competing for judges’ and people’s choice awards (expect to attend are Prawn Shop, Jimmy’s No. 43, Harry Hawk Schnack Burgers, others TBA)
  • All-American meats, including pulled pork, hot dogs, burgers and grilled sausages

  • Live music and other entertainment (TBA) with waterfront viewing

  • Must be 21+ to drink alcohol; children 12 and under free with paying adult

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Food Karma Projects is a creative producer of food and media events throughout the New York area. Created by Jimmy Carbone—a NYC-based restaurateur and dedicated social entrepreneur—Food Karma Projects is dedicated to community building by creating unique events that showcase the best local food, chefs, beer and wine, and create a social impact that benefits worthy non-profit groups.