Until yesterday, I never even knew that Meat Week existed. And I call myself a carnivore. But Meat Week is very real. That's why the domain name is meatweekisreal.com. The annual celebration of meat runs from January 31 to February 6 and, just like Fight Club, has spread under the radar to 15 cities in six years.
Founders Chris Cantey and Erni Walker decided that Meat Week "would be a holiday during which BBQ was eaten every night of the week." And so the status quo in Kansas City is slowly steamrolling into a national celebration. I think it's time we got involved.
We were built for Meat Week. It's a holiday based on barbecue consumption that encourages overeating of meat. The celebration is focused on a different barbecue joint for seven consecutive nights, with the eighth night being a BYOBBQ (Bring Your Own Barbecue) party. Participants get to vote for the best sauce and rubs, as well as document the experience with photos and videos. We could even improve on the formula, working our way from pork cheeks to pork butt in an homage to the idea of eating from the snout to the tail. Although, if we started and ended with burnt ends, I don't think anybody would blame us.
I know there are those of you who will say Kansas City doesn't need a fictional holiday to prove we are inhospitable to vegetarians. Every week is meat week. We have our lab results to confirm our love of barbecue. But would it be so wrong to bury the cleaver for a week and celebrate eight wonders of Kansas City barbecue?
Meat Week may have begun in Tallahassee, Florida, but I believe it can be perfected in Kansas City. We've got 51 weeks and five days to prepare for 2012. Hold up a rib if you're in.
[Image via Flickr: Mike Licht]