OT: I crap on the state of Maryland a bunch, but...

When Susie and I don't agree on what to watch, something trite like Diners, Drive In's, and Dives becomes the fall back. One time, when absentmindedly watching the show, I noticed the dude talking about something in Baltimore called "Pit Beef."

I consider myself to be a connoisseur of roast beef sandwiches. There are famous French family stories about my love of roast beef. It was an Arby's roast beef sandwich that mistakenly was covered in cheese sauce that made me sick, creating my gag reflex to cheese. As a three year old, one night my parents heard me screaming in my bed room. They ran into the room, only to find me sitting up in bed. They asked me if I was ok. With my eyes closed, I said "I want a double roast beef sandwich!" and then slumped back to my pillow. Finally, a few weeks before I started in the 7th grade, I had what was supposed to be outpatient surgery to remove a benign bone tumor from my upper right arm. I reacted poorly to the anesthetic and was hospitalized overnight after vomiting repeatedly. When the affect wore off, I had a, you guessed it, a roast beef sandwich! I was so hungry that I asked the nurse for another one. My mother (who also worked for the hospital) reported to me later that my chart indicated that "Jonathan is a very hungry boy who enjoys roast beef." Needless to say, in my inner circle, it is commonly known that a roast beef sandwich is a quicker avenue to my heart than just about anything. Even pie!

As I got older, I found a particular affinity for eating leftover London broil and standing rib roast slices on sandwiches. That has been my go to. Yet, given my poor history with slow cooking meat, they are rare delicacies reserved for the holidays.

So, after seeing this episode, where the dude visits a place called Chaps Pit Beef on the east side of Baltimore, a seed was planted. Later, I sampled the delicacy for the first time at the Pasadena, MD fishing flea market back in February of 2016. The smells from the wood-powered smoker were so succulent that I squealed with delight as I stood in that line on the cold February morning. The sandwich was delicious, yet, Pasadena is in Maryland.

Maryland and I have a checkered past. On occasion, I have crossed the Potomac in an attempt to fish in Annapolis, Cambridge, or Ocean City. But, it is difficult. I don't like Old Bay. The traffic is awful. The people are worse. And, the fishing has rarely been good enough to cope with either. As I have aged (and lived in Northern Virginia where even a three mile drive can turn into an ulcer-inducing stroke waiting to happen), I find myself less and less inclined to cross the dreaded Potomac into the vast wasteland known as Muhr-Lahnd.

I spent Monday and Tuesday at a work conference in Baltimore. Friends who have relocated to that area asked me if I was coming back for this year's edition of the Pasadena fishing show. They poured water on the seed. I debated it. I started talking to my Susie about it. And, by last night, I had her researching Pit Beef. That lead us to a fateful decision. We would go to the Pasadena show, and then find the best Pit Beef on the west side of Baltimore to enjoy a family lunch.

The search lead us to Pioneer Pit Beef. It is a small shack, behind a liquor store off of Johnnycake Road in Catonsville MD. It was not an easy drive from Pasadena, and I was filled with doubt after passing up a Pit Beef sandwich at the volunteer fire department that hosted the fishing show. I am happy to say that I was wrong.

The shack looks suspect, but was worth every miserable moment of driving through that wretched cesspool of a state. They are cash only. You walk in through the left door and find the menu written on a wall. You order through the left window and it comes out the right window. You can get Pit Beef, ham, or turkey in a variety of sizes. I purchased a Super Pit Beef (large size) with just some honey mustard (yes, I panicked because I didn't know which would be the best.) Susie got a Pit Beef medium rare with tiger sauce, onions, and horseradish sauce. The kiddo got one with barbecue sauce. We shared an order of gravy fries. Each of us were given a sample, spoken to like we were visiting a ChikFilA while the national office is visiting, and were in and out in five minutes. With that, we went back to the car and started to sample the source of the amazing smells.

Oh... my... god... the juiciness, the tenderness, the manna! I don't know if I have ever had a sandwich so deliciously constructed in my life. The meat is the perfect mix of smoky, juicy, and tender. The gravy fries were layered, messy, and succulent. I am not ashamed to admit that I went back in and bashfully ordered a second sandwich.

Do you think I am exaggerating? Challenge me. Make sure your crew is there to witness it. I don't take traveling to Muhr-Land lightly. Go there, enjoy a sandwich. You just might get embarrassed, by your gluttony. FIVE F'N STARS

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Why are you still reading this? Plan your travel. Do it. And, bring me one.

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A roast beef sandwich is not a sandwich without cheese

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Is it irony that I'm upvoting a comment for the excellent downvote gif?

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I had to upvote all three of you. Ragging French on the cheese, Fireman throwing an arrow plane, and your ironic use of irony.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

Properly cooked/prepared meat does not need cheese, sauce, or any other additives.

Does proper cooking/preparation involve seasoning? If so, does it really matter if the complimenting flavor comes from "proper seasoning" or "cheese, sauce, or any other additives"?

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I wish I had MANY legs to give for this comment!!! I am saying this to my family all the time and there is no such thing as A1 sauce in my house! The only reason I put sauce on pulled pork is because I am not just cooking for myself and I cringe when people load it up with more sauce. If there was EVER sauce on my smoked beef I would SEND IT BACK!

Why do you sauce your pulled pork? I leave the sauce off and let people put it on themselves if they want.

Whether in competition, catering, or just eating at home the vast majority want some sauce so I put enough to just give it a hint of extra flavor while not over powering the meat flavor.

I feel like if you commit to a certain style of BBQ that is better than just trying to go generic and have people put sauce on later. However, I haven't had your BBQ so I won't judge. Opinion based on BBQ restaurants that just smoke the meat and lacks flavor and have variety of sauces to put on after you get it.

My friends/family have a variety of tastes ranging from mild and not wanting any sauce to so spicy it'll burn the hair off your ass and/or lots of sauce. I usually have a combination of store bought and homemade sauces ranging from sweet to spicy for people to put on their pork to taste.

WIth regard to restaurants, I much prefer it be served so that I can sauce the pork the way I want it. Usually, restaurants that suace the pork put way too much on and I might as well just be drinking a glass of sauce.

That is tough and I understand trying to please multiple crowds of people. I'm partial to the eastern NC style. I have also had a decent amount Western NC tomato based BBQ. The flavor and tenderness is what matters to me but having to sauce it afterwards usually doesn't cut it for me.

I'm with you there, Gen. Also partial to eastern NC style, I don't kick if I get a BBQ samwich that's been flavored, but don't want sauce dribbling down my grizzled chin. Best I ever had was sauced, but dry, if you can imagine that. More seasoning than sauced, I guess. Made by a Cherokee named Lowry who ran the boat and bar concession at the Northwest River in Chesapeake back in the '60s. He pit cooked the pork, then minced it and put it in a big kettle that he stirred the sauce into with a skulling paddle. Lowry looked like a walking piece of human jerky, lean, dark and weathered, and man, could he make some fine BBQ. Used just enough sauce to season, simple vinegar, peppers and salt.
I've had some great BBQ that was served unsauced with your option (King's in Indian River, again, the '60s) and enjoyed them because of the quality of the meat and the pulled persuasion, but if I could only have one for the rest of my life, I'd resurrect Lowry and die happy myself.

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Best I ever had was sauced, but dry, if you can imagine that.

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If you must, sauce your bbq in such a way that it enhances the flavor but your buddy comes away from having eaten it saying "wow that was so good! It didn't have any sauce and I never thought about adding any either!"

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I live in Catonsville. I have a massive distaste for Maryland. Pit Beef is 100% worth it.

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Amen.

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Best things about Baltimore. 1 The O's 1a Pit Beef. One of my 3 favorite things to eat

Correy

Old Bay is a State Treasure!

Maryland Driver is my least favorite person

Yeah, that guy's a real jerk. And he's got a few hundred thousand cousins.

He's from West Virginia?

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Damn, apparently you all have never driven in NJ or the NYC metro area. I've seen those bozos run over kids on bikes and keep on going, or grind against each other's vehicle, all the while yelling for the other to back down through their open windows (on the respective grinding sides). Absolute circus they way they trade paint, which is why they buy body armor for their cars. I mean, DC has their fair share of prick drivers, but it's still pretty mild compared to NYC, and driving in B'more is even less of a hassle than driving the DC metro area.

Wow, I was born and raised in MD, but never knew pit beef/ham/turkey was a regional or even a MD thing. Guess I just assumed what they sell as pit beef in MD, they sell elsewhere as roast beef or spice it up and call it BBQ. No qualms here, I like it all!

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Wrong. Just so wrong. I lived in NYC for 10 years and Bawlmer for 2. NY and NJ drivers are immensely better than MD drivers.

NY and NJ drivers are generally aggressive. They typically aren't blatant assholes--they just want to get where they are going quickly. MD drivers on the other hand drive seemingly at random and with a complete disregard for anyone else on the road.

I actually liked the people I lived around in MD much more than in NY, but not when they got in their cars.

Pit beef is really good, though.

My aunt and uncle didn't believe me when I said NYC drivers were better than Baltimore drivers. Your comment vindicates my impression.

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

We don't love dem Hoos.

Agreed. Grew up in greater NYC area and moved back here after my time in the Burg... drivers here are generally aggressive and in a rush, but at least are usually fairly cognizant of greater traffic situations and aware of other drivers

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What do you expect when they're always rushing to their destination because they're about to have the Old Bay runs

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What about the New Jersey Guy who violently admonishes you for trying to pump your own gas, because it's habit?

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Never met him, but I've'n't heard good things

I hear this all the time, but when I see someone driving slowly in the left lane, it's inevitably New York tags.

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I hear this all the time too, but as a MD native and someone who still lives here, the only 3 accidents I've been in have been me getting rear ended by someone from NoVa.

I think it safe to say that the DC area in general is horrible for driving.

Just to be extremely provocative, (I was not there) have you ever considered you were rear-ended because you drove like you were from Maryland?

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

Leg wasn't enough. You cracked me up.

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Considering I was sitting at a standstill all three times and they were deemed to be the other drivers faults, I'm gonna go with no.

Please don't take offense. I would not have joked about if I thought it was true, or would offend you. As someone without a dog in the fight, I can enjoy spectating this whole discussion. IMO some people drive bad. The more people live in a place, the more people drive bad. The more people who drive bad, the more people get pissed off, and the fewer people who drive politely. I base this off the way I drive in a rural community versus the way I drive in the city. Thats why I live where I live, and why I can enjoy reading this and poking fun.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

None taken, I had a good chuckle. I hadn't had my morning coffee yet, so I probably worded that a little hastily.

I'm reality though, I just don't understand where the "MD drivers are awful, but NoVa drivers arent!" thought process comes from. It's shitty on both sides of the beltway around here- just a side effect of having such a high density population.

Hell I had to avoid someone with DC plates this morning because they missed their exit, slammed on the brakes, and threw it in reverse on 495.

missed their exit, slammed on the brakes, and threw it in reverse on 495.

Should have put this in the airing of grievances thread. People who miss/are going to miss their exit and do something dangerous or insane to make it. Oh the exit is in 500 feet and you're 4 lanes over? Maybe chalk it up to missing it and having to turn around rather than blindly swerving across all lanes to make the exit.

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Here is an exercise:

We have a four way intersection. In each lane we have:

A pie loving guy named French
A Maryland driver respecting a zipper merge
Santa Clause
The Easter Bunny

In the middle of the intersection is a crisp clean $100 bill. Who gets it first?

A: The Pie Loving Guy Named French
Why: BECAUSE THE OTHER THREE ARE FIGMENTS OF OUR COLLECTIVE IMAGINATION.

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Whats the surefire way to get a NOVAn to accelerate?

Put on your turn signal and try to get in front of them.

Pff, like a Maryland driver would ever use a turn signal.

Note: I should mention that though I'm from VA, I'm not from NOVA

I grew up in the rural crescent in PWC, so I kinda got used to having to pass tractors on my way to getting cut off by a Maryland drivers. But yeah, I hate all other drivers besides myself really... just Maryland drivers top that list.

A: The Pie Loving Guy Named French
Why: BECAUSE THE OTHER THREE ARE FIGMENTS OF OUR COLLECTIVE IMAGINATION.

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You Team Pie fans sure are touchy. ;^)

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Now I'm starving and slightly (slightly) missing my time in Baltimore. I'll be back up that way in May, so I may have to stop in to sample this deliciousness.

This novel is what it is; a novel. Beef on wick / aujus from western NY with maybe horseradish is the bomb. HANDS DOWN!

Year 3 is coming up!

When I was up in Western PA, on the border of New York for a year, that was the best lunch in the town I lived in. For dinner, that same place served prime rib. Give me all the horseradish for these two meats.

Horseradish is the only acceptable condiment for roast beef.

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That is what I thought until I started putting fresh ground horseradish instead of horseradish sauce on prime rib and roast beef. I still don't like horseradish sauce too much.

Mashed potatoes is another great dish to put horseradish in.

Yeah, horseradish sauce is iffy, but horseradish by itself is the bee's knees.

And for you gardeners, horseradish is ridiculously easy to grow, even just in a pot, and grinding your own fresh from the ground will give you the maximum of flavor, and while still spicy hot, the freshness seems to mellow it out a bit.

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Leg for the well-placed Charlie Murphy reference.

I'm still not going to Maryland.

The doll's trying to kill me and the toaster's been laughing at me.

I wanted to give the man his props. They served me metaphorical pancakes.

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Maryland gets unfair hate here. It's really just Montgomery/PG county that suck.

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Come to Cambridge and we can grab a beer together!

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Well I now know what I need to try on my smoker. French, if you come to a lot 18 tailgate this fall and it is not a noon game, I will make a batch of this up.

I came here just to say, FUCK MARYLAND. Its a shit hole, night guys.

Pour some Beer on it

Pit beef is ridiculously easy to make. It's just seasoned bottom round, charcoal grilled. Plenty of recipes on the interwebs.

Reality has a mighty pimp hand.

OT to your OT: Seems as though you've got your epitaph already taken care of by that hospital staff:

"Jonathan was a very hungry boy who enjoyed roast beef."

I am sure people in the crowd will mumble worse things.

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Mostly due to your anti-cheese jihad, I'm guessing.

I am no cheese-eating surrender monkey! (Sorry, I was listening to a WWI lecture at work and the professor used that term for how Americans see the French post WWII. I needed to use it.)

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And twice on Sunday.

What's the difference, honestly?

Once I get past roughly Stafford, I'm in white-knuckle gridlock the whole way to Boston (when forced to take 95/Route 1). Sadly, parts of Richmond now seem part of that mess, too. Short Pump, especially.

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Short Pump, especially.

I came across more idiot drivers in my 30 minutes in Short Pump than LOLUVA fans saying "wait till basketball season." Good lord it was awful, I got out of there as fast as I could cursing under my breath.

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Worst roads in the area are between Richmond and DC. Nothing else is remotely close. And I'm a Maryland driver having driven all over the north east.

Like someone else said, New York is another thing altogether. And Massholes. Seriously, VA folks have no idea what bad driving is.

I have a coworker who specifically told me about this pit beef. I occasionally go to Columbia, MD for work (about once a month from Arlington, VA) and as you built the story I became concerned. Thankfully, your conclusion is the same as my coworker's: that I need to go to this place. I am looking forward it when I get the chance to inspect a location or enjoy a lunch there!
Thanks for the recommendation!

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In defense of Maryland:

While there is much to hate (the traffic, high crime in Baltimore, etc), Maryland is a tremendous place to live and work. From the ocean, to the Eastern Shore farmlands, the suburbs of central MD, and the mountains of the western counties, anything and everything you could want is within a three hour drive. You can surf, swim, boat, ski, hunt, hike, watch professional sports, go to museums, restaurants, plays... Maryland has it all.

In Baltimore alone, you can see broadway shows, Shakespeare plays, and community theater. The Orioles and Ravens bring major league sports. Fells Point is a great hangout spot. There are street festivals, ethnic festivals, art museums, and more. The Inner Harbor area is a nice tourist destination: the National Aquarium is particularly nice. There are concert venues galore, from the Baltimore Arena, to Pier Six, to smaller venues like Rams Head and others.

The regional cuisine isn't it's strongest suit, but the crab cakes, old bay, pit beef, etc. do bring a local flavor. There are places in Annapolis where the seafood is taken literally right off the boat and cooked. Now that's fresh. There are tons of great restaurants and craft breweries (try Brewers Art for good Belgian beers).

For sports, lacrosse is an underrated pleasure. If you don't like the game, it's because you don't know it. Powerhouse programs like Johns Hopkins, UMD, Loyola, Navy, and others are easy to get to, and the tickets are cheap.

And finally,

The traffic is awful. The people are worse.

This is mere bigotry, and I'm calling you on it. There are lots of good people, including many, many Hokies in Maryland. Are there jerks? Yes, and I'm sorry that's been your experience. But to libel an entire state base on limited experience is wrong. We don't need that here on TKP.

Forgive my rant. I'm tired and grumpy. Just one of those Maryland a-holes, I guess....

It is satire reflecting a commonly held opinion of northern Virginians, often built on the backbone of experiences dealing with Maryland commuters. While my experiences dealing with Marylanders has been less than pleasant a vast majority of the time, they are not all awful.

However, you are not a TKPC contributor, so kindly pull your lip over your face and swallow. Since you are pi, at least you will be delicious.

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However, you are not a TKPC contributor, so kindly pull your lip over your face and swallow

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As someone who drives from dc to chantucky virginia for work i can assure you nova drivers have zero room to be critical of maryland drivers. I've never understood the smug sense of superiority Nova residents seem to have. Maryland is a paradise of originality and culture compared to the cookie cutter sub development chain store strip mall wasteland of Northern Virginia.

As a native Marylander, born on the Naval Academy, I share your feelings about Nova vs MD. You can find work in Nova for sure, but that's about it. What a cluster f#ck that entire area is. I have lived in a lot of places in several states and a couple of foreign countries, but the three months I had to live in Nova was three months too much and I will NEVER repeat that mistake.

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I wish I could live in Abingdon again and have a transporter beam to the OBX, the Bay, and Smith Mountain Lake.

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SML - grew up there. Now that's God's country.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

Is that what we call APCO these days?

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My folks bought a place on SML when Bernard's Landing went Bankrupt in the early 80's. Got it for pennies on the dollar. Carl's chili dogs were a primary food group growing up. I wish it were closer so I could get down there for weekends more easily.

Nice! Been there many times. We were near Bridewater Marina, so it was always Mango's when we weren't just hanging out at the dock. However, I loved hanging out at Portside the most (where the Virginia DARE docks). Really funky atmosphere, no frills, and great wings.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

store strip mall wasteland of Northern Virginia.

You're in the wrong parts of Northern Virginia.

So, we're gonna pretend like Montgomery and Prince George's Counties aren't the Maryland equivalents of Fairfax and Prince William Counties?

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

We don't love dem Hoos.

I have contributed content to this site, but will no longer do so. It's been a pleasant ride, but if you only value those who pay, I'll bid you a fond farewell.

Take a deep breath and go back up the page and see whose post got the most legs. I didn't care for French's retort either, and not because I am a native Marylander or even really care one way or the other about all the sniping by the NOVA folks. Have no idea what bee got in his bonnet that day, and won't speculate, but for what it's worth, I can understand your inclination to bow out but urge you to maybe thicken your skin a little and keep on keeping on.

If not, maybe The Spirit of Bernard Basham could repurpose your cool user name, huh?

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Well that's a shame. For what it's worth, as the owner and founder of TKP, I mentioned a couple of days ago I appreciate your contributions (http://www.thekeyplay.com/comment/655040#comment-655040) and hope to see you around these parts again. I disagree with what French wrote and I've made it clear a bunch of times I value everyone as a member of the community.

Fells point is way overrated in general. There are a number of hidden gems in that area though.

I will gladly die on this hill (shocker I know), great points all around.

...That's what Maryland does.

I don't give a damn what the fans think cause, quite frankly, I know what the fans want better than they do.

For sports, lacrosse is an underrated pleasure. If you don't like the game, it's because you don't know it. Powerhouse programs like Johns Hopkins, UMD, Loyola, Navy, and others are easy to get to, and the tickets are cheap.

Don't forget Salisbury University. 12-time National Champions, all since 1994. And 5-straight undefeated seasons.

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I have heard that same argument made about soccer. "You just don't understand the game" being the usual statement. I've watched enough to know that I just don't care for the game, but will watch if the USA or VT are playing, but I'm not all that thrilled even then.
Lacrosse wasn't on my radar either, until I started watching when loluva was going for a natty, don't remember for sure, but I think it was Johns Hopkins they were playing. I tuned in, of course, to root against the boohoos, and got engaged pretty quickly. It was a faster paced, surprisingly physical and higher scoring game than I had anticipated, and while I don't watch it routinely, I do appreciate it and think a live match would be pretty thrilling, especially if you had a dog in the hunt.

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It's also fun to make a drinking game out of it. We used to drink on all the big hits. Those big defenders can level the quick attacks if they don't have their heads on a swivel.

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"Skate with your head up!"
Salisbury has had some long poles with nasty attitudes the past few years. When you see them out and about, you can immediately pick them out in the crowd.

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I feel I like I should be humming "Maryland, My Maryland" while reading this.

A few things:

1. To me the original post read as satire. Stout defense though.

2. I love Ocean City, Baltimore, and G & M crab cakes.

3. Maryland drivers are the worst and this is not debatable.

4. Irregardless of TKPC, I appreciate your contributions to the community and insights you've provided.

Need to check that place out. Lived in Baltimore for 15 years now and had a lot of great out beef. But the best? From a yard sale held at a grocery store. Drooling now...

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I did pit beef for my brother's wedding.

It's not hard to do, just requires patience.
whole bottom round, prep, salt and pepper.

A BBQ type fire with grates a good distance about direct heat. Use wood as some of your flammables, proper charcoal the rest.

Turn it every 15 minutes. Get a good amount of color and heat the whole thing slowly. When it reaches the temp you like (should take several hours), set it aside for about 5-10 minutes sit it can rest and the juices flow back in. Slice it thin. toast the inside of the roll slightly to keep the juice from making it soggy. Consider adding a bit of melted butter to the roll to keep the juice from soaking in.

Provide an aioli or horseradish sauce to people to add as they see fit.

It's not hard to do, just requires patience.
whole bottom round, prep, salt and pepper.

Now that chick was smokin!

Year 3 is coming up!

You left out the whinging about not being able to find any before that.

Too bad the family didn't go to Chaps, right in the middle of a strip club parking lot. It glorifies Baltimore. They do meat well....best sammich in America is in Lafeyette, LA at a place called Johnson's Boucaniere...smoke and a little dab of gravy ohhhhhhdearlawds!

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hmmm. that's 5 minutes from my M-I-L's.

will check it out...if I ever agree to visit her again.

Nope, still not convincing enough to get me to go to Maryland. I'll put up with DC because of my blind, unashamed love for the Caps, but Maryland.....nope.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

Maryland is the worst. My brother moved there after college and actually became a terrible driver. Its in the air over there.

The only redeeming quality is that they know its so bad that they'll do anything to get tourism. That mindset gave us the casinos and their poker rooms. I quite enjoy taking advantage of the inferior math education of the residents there.

That being said, I want to try this sandwich.

If you want to clown an entire state online, you should probably make sure you understand things like the apostrophe first.

#thingsiblamethemvsfor

Notice how I said math education. Also, autocorrect.

I lived in Maryland for four years, and NOBODY told me about pit beef. In fact, I didn't find out about it until I watched Adam Richman have some on Man v. Food.

Now, I feel cheated. I need to right some wrongs, and soon.

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

We don't love dem Hoos.

Born and bred Virginian living in Bmore, I have the following to say:

1. The level of anti-Maryland pretension in NOVA is astounding.
2. VA drivers are JUST as bad as MD drivers. In summary, they both suck
3. Old bay doesn't bother me. It has its uses
4. VA Beach Crabcakes > MD Crabcakes
5. Average MD Crabcake > Average VA Crabcakes
6. The fun areas of Bmore are cheaper and more fun than the suburbs of NOVA (unless you love drinking at TGI Fridays)
7. I miss buying beer and wine in costco in VA
8. MD Taxes SUCK compared to VA
9. Both have great Asian Food:
MD: Catonsville, Ellicott City, Greenbelt
VA: Falls Church, Annandale
10. Pit Beef (MD) and Ham Biscuits (VA) are great
11. Both have great hiking, fishing, blue crabs, etc

TLDR: Both states are about the same so please shut your piehole

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In regards tonumber 6, I have gone to the AMC theater in Tysons for late showings on Sunday nights a few times in the recent months. TGI Fridays is packed at 11pm every time I leave the theater. People do actually love drinking at Fridays here.

Bingo!

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Chaps Pit Beef is amazing. I'll need to try Pioneer Pit Beef.

If you ever find yourself in Montreal for one reason or another, go to Schwartz's Hebrew Delicatessen and have their smoked meat sandwich. It's life-changing.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

I have been, and I'm still salivating.

Pro Tip: there is a To-Go line thats much shorter than the normal line and theres still a small seating area for it

Good tip. Yep, we did the To-Go line and it was awesome: we got to find seats at the small booth area and didn't have to wait out in the -8F weather for 30+ minutes. Win.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

The title of this thread made me think of Triumph the Comic Dog.

Maryland is a lovely state...

FOR ME TO POOP ON

I drove up to this area today for an inspection for work. Luckily, we finished up around 1. So of course I drove over to Pioneer Pit Beef to finally try it!
French, you are absolutely right. This place is amazing. I got a pit beef sandwich rare with horseradish and it was incredible. They let you get a sample of the meat when they are cutting it for you. It is perfection.
I also got a pit turkey sandwich that I'll be eating for dinner. The turkey was insanely moist and delicious.
I will be dreaming about this food until I'm able to get it again.

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