Myth: It was completely unorganized and the lines were 3 hours long.
Fact: It was packed with people pawning for pulled pork. The lines were long (we waited 25 minutes or so starting at about 12:30.) but not nearly as bad as some people are saying. Patience is a virtue. End of the line signs were brought out eventually, to help clear up
We went to the Salt Lick and ordered the sausage and beef brisket - both of which were delicious. As we got up to the counter, they had just brought 2 slabs of beef up to the table for cutting. Fun to watch. The only dissappointment was the lack of cole slaw (which they advertised as having, but didn't serve).
We doubled up and bought two combos (2 links, 2 orders of brisket) each, and while on line, a friend went to the Balducci's table to get us some sparkling lemonade which really did the trick. $1. Not too shabby. Same with the watermelon which was only a buck.
I'm not sure why anyone went to the Blue Smoke line. Apparently they only gave out 2 ribs with little meat on it...and the actual restaurant is 2 blocks away.
The best addition to the block party was the patio at Tabla right across the street. Delicious Lynchburg Lemonades and flights of Jack, Gentleman Jack and Jack's Single Barrel.
The Brooklyn Blue Smoke Ale was very good too. All this Q, and living nearby, we ordered takeout from Blue Smoke for dinner. The Salt and Pepper Beef ribs are fantastic. Had them as a part of a sampler once before, but a whole rack is amazing. Very good stuff.