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January 17, 2010

Exciting news!!!!!! It's Meat Week

RubBBQ.jpgOK, I've gotten bizarre announcements before, but this press release about Meat Week may take the cake. Uh, barbecued ribs.

I'm going to let the Web site speak for itself, but there are many unanswered questions.

Like, why are so many captains, admirals and first mates involved in something that isn't Seafood Week? ...

Confused? Well, so am I. Apparently Meat Week was started in 2005 in Tallahassee, Fla. by Admirals Erni Walker and Chris Cantey. It's eight days of barbecue eating, and chapters have sprung up all over the country. This year Meat Week is Jan. 31 to Feb. 7.

Is the whole thing a colossal prank? 

Here's what the press release says, "Captains and First Mates plan a carnivorous 8-day schedule that ends on Super Bowl Sunday. Meat Week consists of 7 days of visiting local, down-home BBQ joints and the final day is hosted by a member of the local Meat Week fleet."

Baltimore is one of the chapters, and I have the local schedule for you:

Sunday, Shorty’s, 1 p.m.

Monday, Big Bad Wolf’s, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Andy Nelson’s, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Chap’s, 7 p.m.

Thursday, HarborQue, 7 p.m.

Friday, Rub, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Mr. Chelsea’s, 1PM

Sunday, Fleet Member’s home, 3 p.m.

Baltimore's chapter was apparently founded in 2008, but if so, why haven't we heard about it before? 

I dunno. If anyone can provide us with any more information, please post below.

(Chiaki Kawajiri/Sun photographer)

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 6:45 AM | | Comments (29)


I presume ambulances will be standing by.

Captcha comment: the baldly

Thanks to the public relations industry (disclaimer: of which I'm a former member,) there's now a week for just about everything you can concievably (or inconcievably) consume. At one time Frozen Margarita Week and Pickle Week shared the same seven days but they never got together for the obvious tie-in slogan, "Drink and Brine." On the other hand, Cheese and Crackers Week featured everything from Cheddar to Gruyere that was perfect for "Puttin' on the Ritz." (Any guess whose PR agency came up with that one?) My only concern with Meat Week, aside from its odd nautical origins, is that it's too broad. The steak pomme frites and prime rib purveyors could be p'd off at having their promotional period purloined by the smoke and sauce crowd. As for its proximity to the Super Bowl, I'm sticking with tradition, indulging in Beer and Chip Dip Week.

And Jennifer Winstock is still addicted to pain medication!!!

Oh, it is very much a real thing.

I'm not trying to be snarky with this, but my mom who loved meat and ate it every night died a while back from cancer. I am a carnivore, but I can't help having in the back of my mind that her cancer may have originated from all the red meat she consumed (and thus all the hormones in the meat). That is why I rarely eat meat anymore and I'm in the process of looking for good local hormone free sources for all of my carnivore needs.

and who is Jennifer Winstock?

Joyce W., did your mother ever drink milk? Or eat cheese and/or vegetables? Or drink water, or breathe air? Would it not be just as valid as your conclusion to presume that she "got cancer" from the milk, or the cheese, or the vegetables, or the water or air? People with all kinds of agendas are always eager to find a villain in anything they distrust or dislike, no matter what the reason for such bias.

ADM, you can choose to ignore all the evidence you wish if it makes you feel better. Go ahead and smoke cigarettes too.


Howdy ya'll. To clear up a few things...

I believe the Admirals had a sense of humor when they created a holiday designed for two reasons; friendship and BBQ.

Ending on Super Bowl Sunday was happen chance. Meat week was initiated the Sunday after the Sorcerer's Moon (Sense of Humor?). But there's good news. Beer & BBQ go great together. And chips and someone's homemade dip make a great side.

Originating from Florida, it's simply an awkward coincidence that Meat Week and Restaurant Week coincide.

Meat Week is 8 days. Most people can only make it out 1 or 2 days. If you pass on the white meat and go straight for red and are worried about your health I'd recommend limiting your meat eating days during Meat Week.

Jennifer Winstock?

Well I heard that it's that nasty old Governor O'Malley making food bets that causes all the cancer.

Just ask Jennifer Winstock.

My own grandmother ate BBQ every single day of her life and lived to be 112.

MEAT! - when your grandmother was an infant, did they purée the BBQ?

This will be my second Meating and it's certainly not a prank, nor am I sure what's so confusing about it. It's quite simple really - we pick some BBQ joints and go there after work to eat BBQ. It's not an official "week" like Restaurant week and it's not the result of any marketing campaigns by the meat lobby; it's just a bit of fun where in a bunch of friends, both new and old, get together and eat BBQ for a week. Most of us only make it out to a few nights; those who are worried that eating meat a few nights in a week will kill them are more than welcome to a) not participate or b) come out and chow down on some sides like the vegetarian participants.

Happy meating!

Oh, she had only the tenderest of BBQ as an infant.

MEAT!'s grandmother was born with fully developed set of teeth.

Sorry bout your cows and chickens, but that's what they get for being so delicious.

I support Meat Week. And to you 5 star tools who see this glorious celebration as a way to whine and wail about whatever happened to you as a child or as as a platform for your far left agendas, well, Boulder, CO and Sedona, AZ are awaiting your arrival. Wear your hemp t-shirts.

Regardless of race, religion, politics etc all who enjoy eating good food with friendly faces are welcome.

Urgent BBQgram to the Admirals and others--Big Bad Wolf is doing a one-day Haiti fundraiser Monday 1/18--a sandwich for a $20 donation to the orphanage they've been supporting for years; one of them was there in the quake. All the $20 goes direct, unlike the text fundraising the Red Cross had at the ready; in the past disaster-specific donations went to their general fund and they have high overhead. BBW posted this on Chowhound and it was pulled in 20 minutes...but maybe we can get some pulled pork for the cause:

captcha--the lovelies

PETA shill spam alert at 12:33 AM!

ReCaptcha: ritter Moscow (PETA's preferred world capital, at least in the Soviet days)

I'm just guessing here, but I would expect that the admirals were playing a little word game with the name of something they enjoyed ("Meat Week" instead of "Fleet Week").

MEEEEEAAAAAATTTT! Get in my belly! All this talk is making my mouth water for some sweet, spicy BBQ ribs...

Folks, just a friendly reminder about Baltimore Restaurant Week! ;-) It starts this weekend, and will run from Jan. 22 - Feb. 7.

I wonder if one day Meat Week will get as much recognition...

Well Meat Week is REAL!!! I am part of the Greenville chapter and have been for a few years now and its great!!! We go out every night and gorge ourselves on meat and try to find followers who love to do the same!! I advise all who is reading this to join in on the fun, you wont regret!!!

Spam at 10:19 pm

In case you're closer to DC and have the BBQ urge, drop in for some 'cue with the new DC chapter!

I hear humans never would have evolved from sea monkeys if not for the availability of meat.

Remember what's right in the middle of Meat Week: Groundhog Day. Are those critters on the Meat Week menu?


If I remember my Army survival guide correctly, all rodents are edible, so why not eat groundhog?

Meat Week is almost here. We are ready here in Athens, GA!!!!!!!! GO MEAT!

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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