Meat Week

Meat Week is a holiday that spans an eight-day period beginning on the last Sunday in January. As the name suggests, it celebrates all things meat. It’s a time for people to savor briskets, steaks, ribs, and various other premium meats prepared in different ways, with a particular emphasis on barbecuing.

Although vegetarians and vegans may not appreciate this holiday week, for many, it’s a special occasion to enjoy some of the finest BBQ restaurants in their city.

The History of Meat Week

This holiday was first created in Tallahassee, Florida, in 2005 by Chris Cantey and Erni Walker to celebrate the diverse types of BBQ meats they had encountered across the U.S. Although not as well-known as other food-centric holiday weeks, Meat Week is beginning to grow in popularity.

Observing Meat Week

One of the best ways to observe this holiday is to explore the local BBQ scene in your town or city. This is usually not too challenging, as BBQ restaurants are widespread. However, if there isn’t a BBQ joint in your town, you might need to visit a neighboring town or city.

If there isn’t a BBQ restaurant near your home, you may have to take matters into your own hands. This means you might need to prepare your own BBQ at home. You can create a variety of barbecue dishes, including pork steaks, briskets, ribs, and even BBQ hamburgers or hot dogs. Don’t forget to serve some delicious side dishes like potato salad or coleslaw with your BBQ, and remember to use the hashtag #MeatWeek on social media.

When is it?
This year (2024)
January 28 Sunday
Next year (2025)
January 26 Sunday
Last year (2023)
January 29 Sunday
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