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[ANNOUNCEMENT] Meat Week 2013

  • Jan 27, 2013 · 5:00 PM

Welcome to Meat Week, the only national week-long holiday dedicated to the celebration of barbecued meats.

[This is not a Meetup scheduled event.]

It was a hot winter's day in Tallahassee Florida. Two bored co-workers, Chris Cantey and Erni Walker, sat in an office pretending to edit video footage of an insurance seminar. To take a break from the monotony of escrow lectures, they decided to play with the random word generator on Chris's website. It summoned the holy combination of Meat-Week. They decided it would be a holiday during which BBQ was eaten every night of the week. It was scheduled for two Sundays later (the day after Sorcerer Day), which happened to be the last Sunday in January.

As the coming event was hyped for the following week, friends laughed at the two prophets as though this was a joke. As the week actually arrived, many phone calls and emails ensued. "Hey, are you guys still doing that BBQ thing tonight?" The reply always came back affirmative. The nightly gathering gained steam, new friendships were forged and traditions evolved. When it ended as it began, at Sonny's Real Pit BBQ, everyone involved knew for sure that these traditions would last forever.

And so it was that in the year of our meat, 2005, as ordained by the patron saint Sonny and materialized by the humble prophets Erni and Chris, that Meat Week descended from the cosmos and took its rightful place on the throne as The Holiday That Time Forgot. Welcome to It.

Newcomer's Guide New to Meat Week? Let us be the first to extend a greasy hand. There are no rules to Meat Week, but there are a few traditions that have evolved over the years. Here's what you need to know:

  • Schedule: The Captain & First Mate publish a list of 7 different BBQ restaurants in their city. 8 Nights, (Sunday through Sunday) 7 restaurants, (both Sundays take place at Sonny's). In places without Sonny's, we celebrate the last night with a BYOBBQ at a gracious Meat Weeker's home, so everyone can pick up food from their favorite restaurant or grill their own.
  • Best-Of's: Each captain organizes the voting for their own city, usually rounding up votes for the following categories: Best Sauce, Best Service, Best Sides, Best Atmosphere, and Best All-Around. To maintain a certain level of fairness, only those who have attended 4 nights or more are asked to vote.
  • Meat Week Honors: Awards chosen by the leaders for those who have a special place in this year's Meat Week. These are usually different each year. Years past have included an award for the person who came every night or the one who had to walk the farthest to enjoy meat. Your best Meatographer might also receive an award. These are presented, along with the Best Ofs, on the last night.
  • Meatography: A picture is taken of each individual person who attends, each night they attend. There is also a group photo taken beneath the restaurant's sign each night. Check out the photo archives for entertaining, sauce-stained poses.
  • Hype Week: During the week leading up to Meat Week, those involved in and those excited about the coming meat storm create graphical and video meat-hype that is plastered about the Internet to warn others that "Meat Week cometh."

2013 Schedule
New York, NY
Captain: Vincent Tang
First Mate: Mack Williams

1/27 Fort Reno Provisions (Park Slope) 5pm
1/28 Fatty 'Cue (West Village) Asian fusion 'cue! Our 'non-traditional' entry for 2013. 7pm
1/29 Fette Sau (Williamsburg) Some of the best meat in NYC = long lines. Be prepared for a wait. 7:30pm
1/30 BrisketTown (Williamsburg) New for 2013! 7:30pm
1/31 Daisy May's BBQ USA (Hell's Kitchen) A Meat Week favorite! 7pm
2/01 Mighty Quinn's Barbeque (East Village) New for 2013! Arrive early. They do not take reservations. 7pm
2/02 Little Brother BBQ (Clinton Hill) Order your food at Little Brother, then come next door to Hot Bird to grab a beer. They will bring your food to you! 5pm
2/03 Georgia's Eastside BBQ (Lower East Side) Limited seating. A Meat Week NYC favorite! 3pm

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  • A former member
    A former member

    So you guys are doing all of this or just part?

    January 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Was just putting it out there for everyone as I had never heard of it until yesterday thanks to Kevin.

      January 25, 2013

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