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Pioneer Pit Beef

I finally stumbled upon Pioneer Pit Beef yesterday.
Gawd it was good.
Very simple set up in that little yellow house.

What size, [regular or super] what bread [roll or sub], how cooked, what ya want on it, done.
Oh, try the meat to make sure it is how you like it.
Awsome taste IMHO.
Wanna drink with that?

Go back to your car. Yeah, unwraping and eatting right there.
That parking lot stayed busy as I rolled out eatting my way back to DC.

Lost I took Rolling Road all the way down to 144 then thru Elkton to 29.
Discovered a lot of other places up that way on my munching cruze back home.

dont know if it was Route 40 or what.
But, best place to me, close to DC is still Express Pit Beef, but the no holds barred, gas prices be damned, is Pioneer.

Notice to others that make the journey: Cash Only.
Express Pit Beef will do plastic.

So stop by the ATM before getting to Pioneer. Your stomach will be very angry.

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  1. Glad you liked it. So far they seem very consistent. Where is Express?

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    1. re: Steve

      8388 Piney Orchard Pkwy
      Odenton, MD 21113

      1. re: cb1

        Heads Up!
        Sunday Pit Beef fix fans, Beefalow Bob's in Pasadina Md off Route 100 is your Sunday spot.
        Good, very good

        1. re: RobertM

          Beefalo Bob's pit beef leaves Pioneer's in the dust!

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          Beefalo Bob's
          107 Mountain Rd, Pasadena, MD 21122

          1. re: baltoellen

            Wow, thems is pretty strong words.

            1. re: baltoellen

              I agree with Steve. Pretty bold talk.
              Then factor in $4 gas and the difference between em.
              Pioneer is by far a good Pit Beef if you are in the area.
              Nothing near by can compare.

              If you are near Express, nothing else has more to offer besides their great Pit Beef.
              Ice cream, ham, and a crazy throwback menu.

              Now Beefalo Bob's is nice, the big plus for Bob is he is open Sunday for ya pit fix.

              I'm trying to convince my self I need to go up to Baltimore again next Saturday.....
              Yeah, it was just that good. Lemmi see, if I don't each snacks this week, and bum a ride to work I could save about $10? Yeah, I'm going.

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              Beefalo Bob's
              107 Mountain Rd, Pasadena, MD 21122

              1. re: RobertM

                I suppose I should have used an emoticon. ;-) But, I do think that Beefalo Bob's is definitely the best. (Of course, there could be pit beef that I've not yet had, and would happily be proven wrong....) Pioneer is good, but where's the smoke-y flavor?

                And, I probably wouldn't drive all the way to Pasadena to get Beefalo Bob's fine pit beef, but I often take my dogs swimming in that general area, so well justified. Plus, good snowball stand in Ferndale on way home so you can get your dessert.

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                Beefalo Bob's
                107 Mountain Rd, Pasadena, MD 21122

                1. re: baltoellen

                  Am I correct in thinking that Beefalo Bob is at JFX Farmers Market? If so, is it the same quality? I think I remember hearing about another location.

                  I detect plenty of smoky flavor at Pioneer, but like you I am happy to entertain the idea of even better.

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                  Beefalo Bob's
                  107 Mountain Rd, Pasadena, MD 21122

                  1. re: Steve

                    Haven't had the pit beef at the JFX market in eons, but I don't think they are the same place. (In the past I thought the pit beef there was fine--really, it takes a lot to mess up grilled meats--but not exceptional.)

                    1. re: Steve

                      IMHO the JFX guys are OK when you are doing your shopping. No roll's just regular sliced bread. Beefalo, Pioneer, and Express pit Beef are better, and bigger sandwich's. Also there is a guy on route 175 just off 295, A&W, that makes a very good Pit Beef too. Sliced thin, rare or well done. Just tell him how you like it: Baltimore style. He makes a killer hamburger too, hand made while you wait.

          2. I had Beefalo Bob's pit beef at the Hon Fest last year where they were smoking it up. It was truly the best I have ever had. Blew away Pioneer and Chaps. Haven't been to Pasadena but am seriously considering it. Dont' waste your time with whoever is cooking it at the Farmer's Market. It sucks.

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            Beefalo Bob's
            107 Mountain Rd, Pasadena, MD 21122

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            1. re: tobynissly

              LOL, I will re visit Beefalo Bob's again. Like i said, with gas near $4 a gallon, Pasadena is closer to me, DC, than west Baltimore. But Pioneer is really good.

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              Beefalo Bob's
              107 Mountain Rd, Pasadena, MD 21122

              1. re: RobertM

                Pioneer serves a fine pit beef. If I lived closer to Pasadena, I would try Beefalo Bob's for purposes of comparison, but the current price of gasoline precludes this for now, at least.

                1. re: elgringoviejo

                  I read about the HonFeast here, and that Beefalow Bob was there last time, so this Saturday i will drive up to check out the crazy goings on, and see if Beefalow has a stand.
                  If so check him out there!
                  If not, Pioneer again on the way home.

                  1. re: RobertM

                    get a little juice (au jus)on your beef sandwich too

                    1. re: Hue

                      Where - at nearly any good pit beef place?

                      Sorry - I'm originally from a fly-over state. Been here over a decade, but I didn't know you could order au jus at any pit beef stand. That may just rock my world.

                      1. re: Hue

                        Wow, what places offer that?

                        1. re: RobertM

                          There's not usually much in the way of jus after being roasted over an open pit.

                        2. re: RobertM

                          Welp, I ran up to HonFest yesterday.
                          Great event and lots of throwback shops.
                          I did hit up Beefalow Bob for pit beef. $7.
                          Very tender and tasty!
                          Higher priced than Pioneer, just as good, like Express Pit Beef, and A&W truck on 175.
                          The big plus for Beefalow: He is open Sunday's.
                          Got Kids? > Express Pit Beef: Great non pit menu offerings.

                          If in the area again, gas being the true deciding factor, Pioneer, IMHO, is still the bomb.
                          And if you want that super sized, which cost under $7 it is so big, I had to pull over twice on the way home to finish it off. Next pay day, now that Hue mentioned they have au jus........yeah Im heading back.

                          1. re: RobertM

                            Glad you liked the pit beef from Beefalo Bob's. Everyone's got their fave place for certain foods. I work right down the street from Pioneer so I'll have to check it again.

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                            Beefalo Bob's
                            107 Mountain Rd, Pasadena, MD 21122

                            1. re: tobynissly

                              Yup, I agree with ya.
                              Bob is really cool. When ever I head to the flea market at Mountin Road, I will swing by on the way home. If the old lady doesnt drag me into the Double T diner!

                            2. re: RobertM

                              I greatly enjoyed my pit beef sandwich from Beefalo Bob's at the Honfest. Charred on the exterior, yet moist and juicy. A new pit beef champion has arrived. Simply the best and desrving of chowhound recognition and patronage. Bravo Beefalo Bob's.

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                              Beefalo Bob's
                              107 Mountain Rd, Pasadena, MD 21122

                              1. re: elgringoviejo

                                Coming to town next week, tried Chaps, don't know what the fuss is about. What's the latest on the pit beef scene? And where are these places? Are the best ones that much better than Chaps, or is it like going to White Castle for the kitcsh of it?

                                1. re: JayDK

                                  Lot's of places better than Chaps!
                                  Beefalo Bob's. Pioneer, Express Pit Beef to name my fav 3.

                                  1. re: JayDK

                                    Pioneer is not one of those historic crap food places. It is bbq beef sliced thin, and served medium rare, hot, smokey, and juicy. Last time I was there, I ordered it by the pound and ate it straight, no bun or sauce. Though on a bun with tiger sauce is traditional.

                                    1. re: Steve

                                      Honfest is June 9/10 this year. Never been so I get to see all that and try pit beef!

                                      1. re: MoCoMe

                                        If HonFest is in your neck of the woods you can always spin up Falls Road to Jake's. It's just past Padonia, not far and quite a pleasant drive. They've got it going on, plus ribs, chicken, etc... Great place.

                                      2. re: Steve

                                        Onion, horseradish and barbecue for me. Rare, please.