5 Boro PicNYC 2021
Despite the weather, 5 Boro PicNYC 2021 went on rain or shine and was a huge success!
Hundreds of guests made it to Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden to enjoy ribs, sauces, veggie dishes, drinks and more. The event owes its success to the positive attitudes of all the participants and the generosity of our sponsors Prime Six Charcoal, Prairie Fresh and Kikuichi Cutlery.
Two-time Brisket King® winner Richie Holmes of Juicy Lucy BBQ took home the top prize for his St. Louis style Duroc pork ribs with bing cherry chipotle barbecue sauce. As he told us between his 2021 wins, “I’ve never competed in Rib King, but I’m going to win that, too.”
Second place went to Hindsight BBQ of Waterbury, CT. They served maple bacon baby back ribs with house barbecue sauce as well as St. Louis style ribs with Original Sin blackberry hard cider sauce.
Best Rib Dinner went to a collaboration between Jase’s BBQ and Bark Barbecue for their smoked ribs with Dominican rice and beans, sweet plantains and cornbread. Chef Jesse Jones was also awarded for his stellar ribs and coleslaw.
Other favorites included Brothers Smokehouse’s famous sticky ribs, ribs rubbed in coffee with a coffee barbecue sauce from Smoke Sweats, baby backs glazed with Laphroiag from Matt Fisher, ribs topped with green harissa from Smokin’ Joes and traditional St. Louis ribs from Mable’s Smokehouse. Every single one of our participants served up truly excellent ribs.
There were also delicious non-rib dishes like carrot hot dogs and stewed collard greens made by Trevor Kunk with vegetables from the Snug Harbor Heritage Farm, whole hog from Mario Chape of Big Papa Smoke’m and pork sliders from Tank Jackson of Holy City Hog. Knob Creek, Laphroiag, Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam, Austin Eastciders, Flagship Brewing, The Long Drink and more kept guests hydrated all afternoon. Sauce makers including Coney Island Saucery, Silva’s Heet Wave, BBQ Buddha and Hell’s Kitchen Hot Sauce also sampled and sold their products, making sure everyone left with something to remember the event by.
“The Most Delicious Ribs from Rib King NYC 2021” on NYCBBQ
“Memorial Day Weekend BBQ Fest on Staten Island: Rockin’ Ribs on a rainy Saturday” in the Staten Island Advance
Join us for our next event: Pig Island on September 11th at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden
Announcing: 5 Boro PicNYC
Food Karma Projects – the producers of Pig Island NYC and Brisket King® NYC – are bringing you the ultimate memorial day barbecue and picnic. Join us on Saturday, May 29th for a full day of ribs, vegetarian dishes and plenty of drinks. All inclusive tickets are on sale now.
The event will feature produce grown on site at the Snug Harbor Heritage Farm, top chefs from around the country, the return of the Rib King NYC competition and tons of fun for the whole family. Plus – sauces to sample and purchase and plenty of local beer and hard cider to quench your thirst. It’s all happening at the historical Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden in Staten Island. Ride the ferry to flavor and kick off summer at this all-inclusive Memorial Day weekend festival.
The event will follow all CDC guidelines including mandatory masks and social distancing. Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden is an 83-acre outdoor venue. Guests are encouraged to come at the start of the event as some restaurants may run out of food later in the day and to bring their own picnic blankets or camp chairs. The event is held rain or shine.
Vegetable Dishes by Trevor Kunk with Snug Harbor Heritage Farm Grown Ingredients:
- Spicy Grilled Broccoli
- Award Winning Collard Greens
- Grilled Carrot Hot Dog with All the Fixings
Rib King NYC co-hosted by Food Karma NYC and NYC BBQ:
- Mable’s Smokehouse, Jeffrey Morales, Brooklyn, NY
- Juicy Lucy, Richie Holmes, Staten Island, NY
- Smoke Sweats, Anthony Scerri, NY
- Chef Jesse Jones, NJ
- Big Papa Smoke’m, Mario Chape, NJ
- Holy Ground, Franco V, NY
- Kimchi Smoke, Robert Austin Cho, NJ
- Jase’s BBQ, Jase Franklin, NY
- Atom’s Ribs, Matt Fisher, NY
- Smokin’ Joe’s, Joseph Abou-Daoud, NJ
- Brothers Smokehouse, Chris Farella, NJ
- Hindsight Barbecue, Jeff Schmidt, Waterbury, CT
- Firefighters Vinny DeGennaro and Joe Volpe representing Friends of Firefighters, 7-10 Split, NYC
Sauce King NYC Sauce Makers Showcase:
Sample and purchase sauces made by Sauce King 2020 winners.
- Coney Island Saucery, NY
- Paulie G’s BBQ Sauce, SC
- Silva’s Heet Wave, NY
- Bayou Gotham, NY
- BBQ Buddha, NJ
- Hell’s Kitchen Hot Sauce, NY
- Silly Chilly Hot Sauce, NY
- Marie Sharp’s USA, NC
Barbecue from Special Guests:
- South Carolina sustainable hog farmer Tank Jackson will be en fuego with his Sea Island Forge kettle and plancha as he shares Holy City Hogs’s delicious pork sliders on Martin’s potato rolls featuring Edisto Gold Honey (SC) and Lowland Farms (SC) onions with Duke’s mayonnaise. Bringing a true Taste of South Carolina farms with him. Fresh ingredients direct from the farmers!
Hard Cider Alley Celebrating Cider Week NY:
- Original Sin
- Austin Eastciders
- Romilly Cidre
- Brooklyn Cider House
- And many more to be announced
Craft Beer, Wine, Bourbon and Spirits from:
- Flagship Brewing Co., Staten Island, NY
- Kills Boro Brewing Company, Staten Island, NY
- Union Beer
- The Long Drink
- Knob Creek
- Maker’s Mark
- Jim Beam
- and more to be announced…
From beginning to end, our pork is controlled at every step. Our connected food system allows us to control key processes and deliver fresh, high-quality pork products every time. We are committed to achieving pork perfection. It’s our farms, our commitment.
And now, we’re introducing the best of our best. Prairie Fresh USA Prime® is the top tier of our finest pork as assessed by industry-leading predictive technology. It’s the closest we’ve ever come to pork perfection: superior tenderness and rich, juicy flavor in every bite.
Prairie Fresh®, a division of Seaboard Foods, is proud to sponsor Rib King NYC 2021.
Prime 6 Charcoal is the official charcoal sponsor of Food Karma Events including their flagship Pig Island event. Participating chefs will be cooking with Prime 6’s sustainable hardwood charcoal briquettes.
Kikuichi Cutlery has been making artisan knives of the highest quality for 750 years. Kikuichi is a proud sponsor of and award presenter at Food Karma events.
Read more about 5 Boro PicNYC:
Rib King NYC Returns to New York This May from NYC BBQ
5 Boro PicNYC in Eater NYC
5 Boro PicNYC: How to get tickets to the all-you-can-eat food and drink fest from SILive.com
What to do outside in NYC this Memorial Day weekend from NY Daily News
Mark Your Calendars for These 5 Top-Notch 2021 BBQ Events from NYC BBQ
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Saturday May 29, 2021
Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens
1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301
VIP Pitmaster Breakfast: 11am-12pm
General Admission: 12pm-4pm
VIP Pitmasters’ Breakfast ($85 + fee) include an all-inclusive ticket with early entry at 11:00 AM to meet the chefs and makers and sample the first bites of the day plus an exclusive t-shirt.
VIP Tables ($1,250) include 8 all-inclusive VIP tickets with early entry, designated seating and exclusive t-shirts.
Early Bird Tickets ($45 + fee) include an all-inclusive food and drink ticket at a discounted price for 12:00 PM general admission, discounted price only available through May 1.
General Admission ($55 + fee) include an all-inclusive food and drink ticket for 12:00 PM admission.
Kids 12 and under free with ticketed parent or guardian
Rain or Shine.
21 and over.
Take subway to lower Manhattan, via the 1 train to South Ferry or the 4/5 train to Bowling Green or the R train to Whitehall. Exit and walk south to blue neon Staten Island terminal to take FREE ferry. After landing in Staten Island take the S40 bus at Gate D to travel along Richmond Terrace, less than a 10-minute ride. Let the bus driver know that you want to get off at Snug Harbor.
S40 Bus Schedule
S44 Bus Schedule
By Car From Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island
Take the lower level of Verrazano Narrows Bridge; stay on the right, and exit at Bay Street. Take the Bay Street exit service road to Bay Street. Make a left and follow Bay Street past the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, where Bay Street becomes Richmond Terrace. Follow Richmond Terrace about one mile to Tysen Street. Make a left on Tysen Street, and then the next right on Fillmore Street, and enter the parking lot immediately to the left of the gated entrance. Parking will be right after the gate on the left-hand side.
Brooklyn Battery Tunnel: To BQE West. Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to SI Expwy (I-278). Get off at Clove/Richmond Road exit (#13). At third intersection, bear right onto Clove Road. Continue to Bement Ave. (will see a cemetery), turn right onto Bement. Continue to Richmond Terrace. Make a right onto Richmond Terrace to Snug Harbor. Make a quick right at the Snug Harbor sign and then a quick left through the brick gatehouse.
By Car From New Jersey
From the Goethals Bridge: Take 278 East or take the Outerbridge Crossing to 440 North, following signs to the Verrazano Bridge/278 East. Get off 278 East at the exit marked Richmond Road/Clove Road. (Do not take the Richmond Avenue exit). Take the service road to the first light, make a left, and follow Clove Road to Richmond Terrace. Make a right on Richmond Terrace and follow it until you come to Snug Harbor, which is on the right and marked by a black cast iron fence and magnificent pillared buildings at Snug Harbor Road. Turn right and you will see the entrance gate on your left-hand side. Follow the signs for parking.
From the Bayonne Bridge: Take the first exit (Richmond Terrace). Make a right at the top of the exit ramp onto Richmond Terrace. The Terrace snakes around a bit, following the shore of the Kill Van Kull river. Go about 3 – 4 miles, you will see Snug Harbor on the Right. It is just past the Getty gas station and a little restaurant on the left called Blue.
5 Boro PicNYC is Proud to Partner with Friends of Firefighters and Snug Harbor Cultural Center
Friends of Firefighters is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that came about as a direct result of September 11, 2001. For the past 20 years, FoF has been providing independent, confidential and free mental health and wellness services to New York City’s active and retired firefighters and their families. The organization continues to meet the growing needs of the FDNY community by providing a range of peer support programs, financial guidance, expert counseling, and wellness services. Support our NYC firefighters today!
Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden is the result of more than four decades of restoration and development to convert a 19th century charitable rest home for sailors to a regional arts center, botanical gardens, and public park. It is a place where history, architecture, gardens, agriculture, visual and performing arts, and education come together to provide a dynamic experience for all ages.