“It was a hot winter’s day in Tallahassee, Florida. Two bored co-workers, Chris Cantey and Erni Walker, sat in an office pretending to edit video footage of an insurance seminar. To take a break from the monotony of escrow lectures, they decided to play with the random word generator on Chris’s website. It summoned the holy combination of Meat-Week. They decided it would be a holiday during which BBQ was eaten every night of the week. It was scheduled for two Sundays later (the day after Sorcerer Day), which happened to be the last Sunday in January.”
That was back in 2005, according to the Meat Week website. The event has since grown beyond Florida to encompass a growing number of cities across this country. This year marks the first time that San Antonio has a part of the event, and that’s all due to the sponsorship and efforts of Noel Cisneros and Denise Aguirre, owners of the Point Park & Eats, 24188 Boerne Stage Road.
The tastings around town began Sunday at Two Bros. BBQ Market and continued Monday at Bobby G’s Old School BBQ and Catering.
Here’s the lineup for the rest of the week:
7 p.m. Tuesday: Outlaw BBQ and The Institute of Chili at Alamo Street Eats Food Park & Bar. (It’s part of Downtown Tuesday, so parking is free in city garages.)
6:30 p.m. Wednesday: Augie’s Barbed Wire Smokehouse, 3709 N. St. Mary’s, near the San Antonio Zoo.
6:30 p.m. Thursday: The Granary Cue & Brew, Avenue A at the Pearl Brewery. An RSVP is required for this event and seating is limited. Send your RSVP to MeatWeekSATX@yahoo.com.
Noon Friday: Lunch at Congers Smoke Shack. Congers Smoke Shack is a food truck at the corner of Loop 410 and Nacogdoches. The location is non alcoholic. You may want to bring your own chairs as limited seating is available. Your Meat Week Captains will have their pickup on site and tailgate down!
7 p.m. Friday: Dinner at Mortons BBQ trailer. Mortons is located off U.S. 281 at the corner of Thousand Oaks and Henderson Pass.
2 p.m. Saturday: Bolner’s Meat Company, 2900 S. Flores St.
Noon Sunday: The Point Park & Eats. The last day of Meat Week will be at The Point food truck park and bar at 24188 Boerne Stage Road. The Super Bowl will be on the giant outdoor screen, and the bar has more than 85 beers to choose from. Saint Arnold Brewing Co. will have beer samples from 1-4 p.m. The park is kid- and pet-friendly.