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It was a meat lover's paradise at Cook Out NYC this weekend. A meat lover who doesn't mind the heat, that is. Despite temperatures in the high 90s on Saturday, and low 90s on Sunday, hundreds turned up to sample all kinds of barbecue at the annual event on Governors Island.
There were Sabrett hot dogs with all sorts of accoutrements, including Sir Kensington's fancy "scooping" ketchup, beer mustard from My Friend's Mustard and Beth's Farm Kitchen's Blazin' Tomato Chutney. Rich Pinto Catering won the people's choice award on Sunday for his Vietnamese-inspired hot dog. There were dishes of pork belly, spicy chicken, kimchi tacos, salads and countless burgers, including Sunday's most popular patty, the bison burger with chipotle-chili mayo from Long Island City's Alobar (the people's choice for Best Slider).
Tommy Harder, executive chef at Blind Tiger Alehouse, opted to grill something different—a salmon burger. He figured there'd be plenty of meat, and even serious carnivores might appreciate a change. And he was right. "We've been super busy each day, and have never not had a line," he said. Of standing over a hot grill during a heat wave, Mr. Harder said: "It's brutal, but everyone's just happy to be fed."
Lest you think Cook Out NYC was all about gluttony, resulting in nothing more than looser belt buckles, nonprofit environmental organization Earth Matter was on hand to teach attendees a thing or two about composting and to assure them that all the uneaten scraps from the event would later be composted.