The Ultimate Meat Hang: The Beacon’s Annual Beefsteak

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Photo: Courtesy of the Beacon

Those who've read William Grimess Appetite City or similar tomes of gastronomic history know that during a different era ruffians would gather at beefsteaks and consume unholy quantities of meat with their bare hands. If youre the type to ignore Sam Siftons recent warning that excess can become wretched, and fast, then know that on February 16, the Beacon will host its tenth annual beefsteak, which it calls a night of hedonistic gluttony, beef, beer, bourbon, camaraderie and song. For $175 (which covers tax, tip, music, beer, bourbon, and all-you-can-eat food), you get a hand (literally! Though utensils are also provided) in the following provisions that chef Waldy Malouf claims to have ordered.

600 pounds of certified Black Angus dry-aged strip loins
1,000 CBA mini burgers
35 pounds crab meat
75 pounds shrimp
600 lamb chops
40 bacon-wrapped kidneys
50 pounds aged Cheddar
900 pints of Brooklyn Brewery pilsner
36 liters of Makers Mark

Hopefully theres also a Sammys Roumanianstyle bowl of 250 Alka Seltzers. Just be warned as someone once told the Times in its fantastic article (with video!) about New Jerseys meatfests, Once you start going to beefsteaks, its an addiction.