Get your cholesterol on: D.C. Meat Week 2014
Savory barbecue ribs, smoked sausage, tantalizing brisket, chicken dripping with juice—I’m not talking about Mr. Creosote’s wet dream. The 5th Annual Washington D.C. Meat Week kicked off last night as carnivores from the Greater Washington area gorged on ribs and guzzled PBR at Urban Bar-B-Que Company in Rockville, Maryland.
What began in 2005 as an eight day celebration of all things meat by two Floridian co-workers has now blossomed into a self-declared national chow-fest. Spanning 14 cities, hundreds of eager participants demonstrate their support for local businesses specializing in this finger-licking food. Washington’s event organizer, Georgetown alumnus Mike Bober, handpicked some of the finest restaurants for feasting. Here’s a preview of the rest of Meat Week 2014 according to DC Meat Week’s website:
Monday, Hill Country Barbecue Market (6:30 p.m.): Just off the Yellow/Green line Archives-Navy Memorial stop, Hill Country is serving All-You-Can-Eat barbecue at $25 a person. Brisket, chicken, ribs, and sides are included in the price, and the owners are even throwing in a special gift to show their appreciation for patrons who mention Meat Week!
Tuesday, DCity Smokehouse at Showtime Lounge (7:00 p.m.): New to the scene, DCity is dishing up pit-smoked wings, BBQ sampler platters, and more with a fantastic vibe and incredible music all night.
Wednesday, Pork Barrel BBQ (7:00 p.m.): With a sampler including 1/4 lb pulled pork, 1/4 brisket, Texas sausage, a pair of spare ribs and more for only $23.95, you’d be a fool not to give up O’Donnovan’s on the Waterfront’s lovely menu for the night and head over. Seven ambitious participants can enter an eating contest for a $50 gift card and ultimate bragging rights.
Thursday, Smoke BBQ (7:00 p.m.): With a fantastic platter of pulled pork, pulled chicken, and brisket (or a lighter option of a quarter rack of ribs), there’s plenty of grub up for grabs in Bethesda.
Friday, 2nd Annual DC Meat Week Barbecue Food Truck Face-Off (6:00 p.m.): If you’re willing to fork up the $49 ticket price, prepare for barbecue overload. Covering admission 15 tastings of dishes from the finest BBQ food trucks in the Greater DC Area and a PBR Tall Boy to soak it all up, this is truly going to be a clash of the titans. Who will be crowned Grand Champion? (More importantly, do they give out press passes?)
Saturday, Mr. P’s Ribs (12:00 p.m.): Meat Week 2014 wraps up with last year’s Grand Champion Mr. P’s Ribs where the food will be enough to make you wish you could keep your college age metabolism forever.
Editor’s Note: No animals were harmed in the writing of this post.
Photo: brookage via Flickr