Somewhere in between scouring Facebook doppelganger pics ("Yeah, I can kind of see it!") and checking in on the newest Shiba Inu pups, I stumbled upon another Internet-driven phenomenon: Meat Week.
Specifically, I came across Meat Week is Real. At least, that’s what the founders would like us to believe, and by the power of suggestion, Meat Week is here.
Running Sunday, January 31 through Sunday, February 7, the concept dates back a few years involving Tallahassee, two bored co-workers, and a random-word generator.
Six years and 16 cities later, Meat Week has hit upon a media frenzy that’s growing by the hour (just ask Google).
Here’s how it works: In each city, chapter heads (they keep a naval hierarchy I’m not quite getting) publish a list of seven barbecue restaurants—a different one for each night—where carnivorous fans can bond over tangy ribs, juicy cuts and heartburn remedies. Barbecue varieties abound, from sweet and spicy Kansas City style to the vinegary pork goodness of North Carolina.
Frequent diners (those who participate in four meals or more) can vote in the Best Ofs Awards. On the eighth night, dinner is a barbecue potluck in the home of a willing Meat Weeker.
Consider it group meat therapy…and pass the Tums.
Sunday, January 31, 4 p.m. - Spring Street Smokehouse BBQ
Monday, February 1, 7:30 p.m. - The Swinging Door Texas BBQ
Tuesday, February 2, 7:30 p.m. - Kansas City BBQ
Wednesday, February 3, 8 p.m. - Gus's Barbeque Inc.
Thursday, February 4, 7:30 p.m. - Huston's Texas Pit Bar-B-Cue
Friday, February 5, 7:30 p.m. - Dr Hogly Wogly's Tyler Texas
Saturday, February 6, 3 p.m. - Baby Blues BBQ
Sunday, February 7, 2 p.m. - Meat Weeker home
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