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Sep 6, 2011 05:54 PM

Anne Arundel Pit Beef Tour

Need some help. My wife thinks I'm crazy, but I've convinced her to go on a Pit Beef tour of our county. I want to try four different places in the county. My question is...should we buy the sandwiches and try them all at the same time, or should we taste each one at each place while its nice and warm? I am thinking buy a sandwich at each place ( splitting between four) med rare with just tiger sauce. Going to...

Expressway Pit Beef in Odenton (West county and our local place)
Arundel VFD in Davidsonville (Central)
Bayside BBQ in Edgewater (South)
and if time permits...
Beefalo Bobs in Pasadena (North)

I've had three of the four already, but I saw that the VFD was doing pit beef this Saturday and I thought about the Pit Beef Tour.

Any suggestions? (Besides adding Baltimore into the mix)

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

Expressway Pit Beef
8388 Piney Orchard Pkwy, Odenton, MD 21113

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  1. I would vote for eating them on site when they are freshly made and at their best. Can't see much use in trying to make a contest of the sandwiches - enjoy them at their best for what they are. And please take me with you!

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    1. re: Terrie H.

      Well, you may want to have the same stuff on each sandwich too, as well as eat them in your car where you buy em. My go to spots are Express Pit, and Beefalow Bob's on Sunday's!

      You may want to check out the A&W truck on 175 just across the BW Parkway. He makes a nice Pit too. Just tell him you want it Baltimore style: Raw Onion/Horseradish/Mayo. Salt & Pepper is up to you.

      Oh, remember to ask for Medium, or well done [too dry for me]. That medium can be pretty broadly cooked, from just right to well done to still moo ing at some places.

      Now where is the VFW place located?

      1. re: RobertM

        It's Arundel VFD. The station is near the intersection of Bell Branch and 424 in Gambrills MD.

        They normally sell out, so get there early.

    2. Try Jumpers Grill on Ritchie Hwy (where the BJ's is). Pretty good. No fat, juicy and nice flavor.

      1. " (A) My wife thinks I'm crazy, but (B) I've convinced her to go on a Pit Beef tour"

        The two are not mutually exclusive.

        You must eat the sandwiches as fresh as possible. Warm juicy thin slices of beef don't stay that way for long, and reconstituting them will change rare or medium rare to something undesirable.

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          1. re: Steve

            "The two are not mutually exclusive."

            Good point.

          2. At the bottom of the page CH has done a good job of automatically including discussions on Chap's and Pioneer. Then there's also Kirkwood Pit Beef.

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            1. re: GraydonCarter

              I too fell for that crap about Chaps, way back when.
              Pioneer is top notch in my book, otherwise.
              But, off topic both of em.
              They are in Baltimore.

              IMHO Chaps sucks

              1. re: RobertM

                Chaps is a tasteless tourist trap

            2. Not sure if you saw, but no AVFD pit beef this weekend.

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              1. re: odkaty

                Thanks for the update. Water Logged here.

                1. re: odkaty

                  Thanks for the heads up odkaty. I know they had a busy week so I thought that they may cancel. I was able to go anyways, spent the day cleaning up a flooded garage. Do you know how often they do their pit beef?

                  1. re: cb1

                    AVFD will be at the Crofton Craft Fair on Saturday, 9/24. They set up near the entrance to the church. And I hear that is weekend is a possibility -- I'll let you know if I hear anything definite.