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Loosen Your Belts: D.C. Meat Week Has Begun


Can you smell the smoked pork in the air? D.C. Meat Week is upon us again, with daily events showcasing some of the city’s best barbecue. The festivities kicked off yesterday, but tonight, head to Hill Country Barbecue's downstairs dining room for an all-you-can-eat evening. The $25 feast will include platters of brisket, pork spare ribs, chicken, plus sides like skillet cornbread and cheddar mac and cheese.

Below is a quick run-down of the week's events, but get more details at

Tuesday, Jan. 28

Bloomingdale’s Showtime Lounge officially launches its new delivery partnership with DCity Smokehouse with specials like pit-smoke wings, the Meaty Palmer sandwich, or a barbecue sampler platter.

Wednesday, Jan 29

Pork Barrel BBQ in Del Rey will offer a barbecue sampler consisting of a quarter-pound of pulled pork, a quarter-pound of brisket, burnt ends, a Texas beef sausage link, two spare ribs, cornbread, and a choice of two sides for $23.95. A portion of the proceeds will go to Operation BBQ Relief, a nonprofit aimed at helping victims of the 2011 tornado that devastated Joplin, Mo. Pork Barrel BBQ  will also host an eating competition. Get the details here.

Thursday, Jan. 30

Bethesda’s Smoke BBQ will offer a Meat Week sampler platter including pulled pork, pulled chicken, brisket, cornbread, cole slaw, and a side dish for $16.99 or a quarter rack of ribs with cornbread, slaw, and a side for $12.99.

Friday, Jan. 31

Food truck operators of BBQ Bus, Carnivore, BBQ, Curley’s Q, Hardy’s BBQ, and Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company will face off at LivingSocial’s event space at 918 F St. NW to see whose barbecue reigns supreme. The event will also include butchering demos from Wagshal’s, sauce sampling from Pork Barrel BBQ, and more. The $49 admission price gets you 15 food samples (a beef, pork, and side dish from each of the trucks), a PBR tallboy, and access to all the demos.

Saturday, Feb. 1

Mr. P’s Ribs will offer spare ribs from its new truck beginning at noon at 6th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW.

Photo of ribs in a basket via Shutterstock

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    Thanks for the coverage, Jessica. One correction: Operation Barbecue Relief was originally created to help the victims of the Joplin tornado, but they have since grown to be a network of barbecue chefs and competitors who mobilize to feed victims and first responders at natural disasters across the country. They served tens of thousands of meals across New York and New Jersey in the aftermath of Sandy and helped out onsite in Colorado, Georgia, Texas, Oklahoma and Illinois last year.

    We're proud to be promoting them at the Food Truck Face-Off in addition to Pork Barrel's individual support of them through their own specials.

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