It’s that time again – for the fourth straight year, Meat Week beckons DC’s barbecue lovers with eight great reasons to celebrate low-and-slow cooking. And this year, our host restaurants have come up with some of the biggest and best specials we’ve ever seen. I can’t even begin to imagine someone making it to all eight this year…and I don’t know that I want to see the results if anyone does!
If you’ve joined us over the past three years, you know that your DC Meat Week Team is committed to bringing something new to the picnic table each year. We’ve rotated our leadership again – David Gootzit (the Bacon Terrorist) is now our Captain, and Jenelle Dennis (Babeque) joins me as First Mate. This year, we’ve expanded Meat Week in TWO big ways – adding a Food Truck Face-Off to determine which of four local food trucks serves the best barbecue in town and helping one of our hosts introduce a new extreme eating challenge.
Let’s start with that second bit of news. As they have in the past, Pork Barrel BBQ is using Meat Week to launch something new. This year, it’s the “High on the Hog” Eating Challenge. Entrants have 45 minutes to eat ALL of the following:
- 1 Smackin’ Big Daddy Sandwich (the Smackin’ Big Daddy is an oversized sandwich with ½ pound of pulled pork and a Texas Brisket Sausage, topped with Monster Cheese Sauce, Cole Slaw and BBQ Sauce.
- 1 Slab of Ribs
- 2 Texas Brisket Sausages
- 1 Side of Monster Mac & Cheese
- 1 Side of Baked Beans
- 1 Side of Cole Slaw
Finish them all in time, and you will be covered with glory (and barbecue sauce). You will receive a t-shirt, a $50 Pork Barrel BBQ gift card, and your name in the “High on the Hog Challenge” Hall of Fame. Fall short, and you’re on the hook for $49.95. The guys at Pork Barrel have said that they’ll open the challenge to as many people as want to try it on Thursday, January 31, but they need everyone’s name no later than Tuesday, January 29 to make sure they prepare enough food. Email us or contact the restaurant directly if interested.
Generally speaking, Meat Week is meant to be a casual, come-as-you-are festival that will take place this year from Sunday, January 27th to Sunday, February 3rd. Want to see what we’re doing each day? Check out the calendar after the jump.