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RE: Maryland Pit Beef 2008/05/29 14:01:12 (permalink)
Here's a[url='http://www.costasinn.com/maryland_crab_cakes/images/pitbeef_003.jpg']photo link[/url] that's buried in the recipe thread I posted for Joe. Looks good but doesn't seem to have any sauce on it (personally, I like mine with just meat and sauce on the roll).

Because of the rub the beef has a nice black crust but inside it doesn't look any different than rare roast beef.

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RE: Maryland Pit Beef 2008/05/29 14:03:34 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Brad_Olson

Here's a[url='http://www.costasinn.com/maryland_crab_cakes/images/pitbeef_003.jpg']photo link[/url] that's buried in the recipe thread I posted for Joe. Looks good but doesn't seem to have any sauce on it (personally, I like mine with just meat and sauce on the roll).

Because of the rub the beef has a nice black crust but inside it doesn't look any different than rare roast beef.

Brad


customarily pit beef is served on a kaiser roll or rye bread
and condiments include your choice(s) of bbq sauce, mayo, horseradish, mustard and raw onions

for those who wonder about what it looks like or tastes like- why not take a trip to Baltimore and find out for yourselves?
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RE: Maryland Pit Beef 2008/05/29 14:06:45 (permalink)
wandering I'm currently pretending to work right now so I can't. Can you pick me up one and deliver it to my office in New Jersey? It'd save me a ton on gas too
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RE: Maryland Pit Beef 2008/05/29 14:12:41 (permalink)
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Anyone have a picture of pit beef that they could post on here so I could see what it looks like?

Here's one I grilled earlier this year:
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RE: Maryland Pit Beef 2008/05/29 17:50:08 (permalink)
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Originally posted by fattybomatty

wandering I'm currently pretending to work right now so I can't. Can you pick me up one and deliver it to my office in New Jersey? It'd save me a ton on gas too


Well....

I wish it was that easy- if you asked me last August when I was in town- I could have done so...

Hey, there's always the weekend- right?
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RE: Maryland Pit Beef 2008/05/30 11:10:17 (permalink)
Chap's actually has a web site: http://www.chapspitbeef.com/

You'll find some pix there.
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RE: Maryland Pit Beef 2008/05/30 11:15:52 (permalink)
I wonder why pit beef is so popular in this area.
I mean southcentral PA and central MD. My dad grew up in this area and it seems like a very specific place with specific culture. e
When I think of pit beef, it is really a form of outdoor roast beef.
Does anyone know the history of pit beef?
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RE: Maryland Pit Beef 2008/05/30 11:17:31 (permalink)
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Originally posted by wanderingjew

quote:
Originally posted by fattybomatty

wandering I'm currently pretending to work right now so I can't. Can you pick me up one and deliver it to my office in New Jersey? It'd save me a ton on gas too


Well....

I wish it was that easy- if you asked me last August when I was in town- I could have done so...

Hey, there's always the weekend- right?


wandering if the gas prices weren't killing me I definitely would
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RE: Maryland Pit Beef 2008/05/30 12:26:54 (permalink)

How does Pit Beef compare to the Roast Beef Sandwiches found on the North Shore/ Cape Ann in Mass.?? It has been a VERY long time since I enjoyed a Cape Ann Beef Sandwich and a couple of years since we tried a Pit Beef during a crabfest visit to Baltimore. My memory of either isn't good enough to describe the comparison.
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RE: Maryland Pit Beef 2008/05/30 14:37:13 (permalink)
Thanks Brad! Now I get it. I liked the horseradish sauce recipe also. The rare rubbed beef w/ the sauce sounds great! This is on my long list of new things to try cooking.

Wanderer, easier said than done... but I wish I could sample the real thing in Baltimore.
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RE: Maryland Pit Beef 2008/05/30 14:49:41 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen


How does Pit Beef compare to the Roast Beef Sandwiches found on the North Shore/ Cape Ann in Mass.?? It has been a VERY long time since I enjoyed a Cape Ann Beef Sandwich and a couple of years since we tried a Pit Beef during a crabfest visit to Baltimore. My memory of either isn't good enough to describe the comparison.


http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?sec=travel&res=9501EFD81230F93BA15755C0A9669C8B63

Al,

Here's an interesting article about pit beef

Pit beef is grilled over charcoal versus it being roasted
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RE: Maryland Pit Beef 2008/05/30 20:06:48 (permalink)
Is the Cape May sandwich served with horseradish mayo and onions?
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RE: Maryland Pit Beef 2008/06/02 03:41:34 (permalink)
What the heck is Maryland Pit Beef?!? I live 3 miles from MD and work there everyday for nearly 20 years and have never once seen anyplace serve pit anything. I'd love to have some pit turkey, wish there were someplace close. Ahhhh, I get it I bet it's from that fabled part of the state that we're not allowed to talk about. There's no life west of the Chesapeake Bay, but must be some pit meat over there.
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RE: Maryland Pit Beef 2008/06/02 17:34:57 (permalink)
You dont find pit beef east of the Bay Bridge.Balto County,AA County,a few places in Carroll and Harford and Howard counties.What kind of crack is "There's no life west of the Chesapeake Bay"? I've lived on both sides of the Bridge and I am pretty darn sure things are plenty lively over on the "mainland".And who said Delawareans aren't allowed to talk about it? Take a ride to Pulaski Hwy east of Baltimore and you can eat pit turkey till you turn green.And I think you will find just as much if not more "life" as there is in Delmar.
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RE: Maryland Pit Beef 2008/06/02 18:21:14 (permalink)
Gee, I live west of the bay and I sure feel lively! Must be all that pit beef that I am so close to.........
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RE: Maryland Pit Beef 2008/06/02 18:25:13 (permalink)
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The first time I tried Maryland Pit Beef was at a place called "Bull On The Beach" located at Rehoboth Beach, Deleware. I learned that they also had a location in Ocean City, Maryland too. However, the beef sandwich was absolutely one of the best I ever had. It was piled high with beef, the beef was very moist and juicy and then I could cover it with horseradish. One of the best sandwiches I ever tasted. You ate one of these and you didn't want to eat for the rest of the day. As a matter of fact just recalling the experience is making me hungry enough to eat a horse.

But I don't live on a farm, oh well. Here Rover here boy!! Just joking this is not asian food.

I'll second that. I've eaten at the one in O.C. they also had a big jar of cherry peppers right on the counter to add to your sandwich !!! awesome!!
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RE: Maryland Pit Beef 2008/06/02 21:32:57 (permalink)
Pit Beef got its start in the working class areas of eastern baltimore county like Rosedale and Essex.

What is odd, is that many of the original places that sold pit beef are gone; however, you can now get pit beef in other parts of the state, including Boogs BBQ stand at Camden Yards

If you can't find a pit beef stand, another option in Baltimore is the Bull and Oyster Roast where the Bull is almost always pit beef.

Many places that serve pit beef also serve pit ham and pit turkey. Another thing you will ussually see at these places is boardwalk fries, which are skin on fries that are served with salt and vinegar.
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RE: Maryland Pit Beef 2008/06/02 21:45:39 (permalink)
Wow, thanks guys, sounds like a definate trip to Ocean City this weekend to try out Bull on the Beach. You think the food will be as good at the West OC location, or should I visit 2nd Street or 94th Street?
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RE: Maryland Pit Beef 2008/06/02 21:50:20 (permalink)
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Originally posted by bwave

Wow, thanks guys, sounds like a definate trip to Ocean City this weekend to try out Bull on the Beach. You think the food will be as good at the West OC location, or should I visit 2nd Street or 94th Street?



Actually I think you should cross over the bridge to the west side of the bay where the pit beef is really good
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RE: Maryland Pit Beef 2008/06/02 22:28:16 (permalink)
Are there laws in some states that dont allow med rare or lower? SOmeone was telling me that and I didnt believe them. In Columbus a co-worker ordered a burger to go from a bar(not a fast foodie, but 1/2+ hand packed burger) It was pinkish in the middle(I ordered mine med rare) He actually called the police and tried to report them for breaking the law(he was an ex-food service worker and knew the laws-Pizza delivery boy. lol) He was serious.
Any way that coould spell the end of pit beef. BW3 used to have beef on weck that was pretty rare in the columbus store.
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RE: Maryland Pit Beef 2008/06/03 10:23:31 (permalink)
The question then becomes: how did the police react? Perhaps your co-worker should've performed a citizen's arrest ala Gomer Pyle?

Since pit beef isn't made from ground beef I doubt it would ever be in danger.

Brad
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RE: Maryland Pit Beef 2008/06/03 18:32:25 (permalink)
I would imagine that such a law/regulation would be enforced by the Health department, and they and not the police would issue the citation.
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RE: Maryland Pit Beef 2008/06/19 17:02:37 (permalink)
Chaps will be featured on an upcoming episode of Diners Drive-ins and Dives. http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/show_dv/episode/0,3151,FOOD_29156_57785,00.html
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RE: Maryland Pit Beef 2008/06/19 18:14:14 (permalink)
I wonder if Guy will pay a visit to the Gentleman's Gold Club next to Chaps?
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RE: Maryland Pit Beef 2008/06/19 19:41:14 (permalink)
I've had some great PB at a street fair just cross the border in Hanover, PA. Also I recall some in Carlisle PA.

So maybe it's creeping north. Hope so.
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RE: Maryland Pit Beef 2008/06/20 10:15:48 (permalink)
Way back when I first came to Roadfood someone (hmmm, who was that?) suggested a restaurant idea called "State Fare". All the great regional dishes from around the country would be served there. Great idea but it would need to be a BIG place. This pit beef would be a must on the menu!
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RE: Maryland Pit Beef 2008/06/20 11:24:07 (permalink)
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Way back when I first came to Roadfood someone (hmmm, who was that?) suggested a restaurant idea called "State Fare". All the great regional dishes from around the country would be served there. Great idea but it would need to be a BIG place. This pit beef would be a must on the menu!
Joe


Great minds....I thought of a similar idea, but more a type of souvenir shop. It would be shaped oblong (with N,S,SW, Pacific NW, etc.) and sell items from each part of the country including conidmanets, packaged food mixes, etc. I thought of it when I was down in Wash DC in the Smithsonian gift shop. Fun to be the store buyer and do sourcing, no?


Oh, there was a "hip" restaurant in NYC called "America" that have a huge menu with regional foods.
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RE: Maryland Pit Beef 2008/06/20 11:35:07 (permalink)
NYNM, they have an America in Las Vegas. I think it's a branch of the NYC location? Good idea but I was not so impressed with the food. And, you might get a kick out of that old thread, where the idea I mentioned above came from, about new restaurant ideas. I bet you can find it.

state fare... might do the trick?
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RE: Maryland Pit Beef 2008/06/23 19:38:54 (permalink)
There is a neat little restaurant in Mt. Airy, Maryland (Exit 68 off of I 70) that offers a menu of regional fare. They have a standing menu that has items such as a Charleston Shrimp and Cheddar Grits (South Carolina) or Pecan Crusted Salmon with a Mandarin Rum Glaze (California). They also feature a different state each week. This week is Oregon, so they offer a drink, an appetizer, a soup, two entrees and a dessert.

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RE: Maryland Pit Beef 2008/06/30 22:10:42 (permalink)
Well tonight was the night Guy of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives enlisted the help of Duff, the Ace of Cakes for a visit to Chaps Pit Beef in Baltimore.

I think I'll have some kind of combo on my next visit.

Check out the replay later tonight, or early AM, and other repeats later in the month.
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