Detroit, MI: Slow’s Bar BQ

In the early stages of the 20th century, not long after Henry Ford fired up his model T for the first time, manufacturing jobs became the new gold rush. Thousands of skilled laborers rushed to the car plants of Detroit, Michigan. Why Detroit? Centrally located in the United States, it was perfectly positioned to receive the raw material coming in by train from all over the country.

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Baltimore, MD: Pioneer Pit Beef

When hitting the coastal city of Baltimore, the food you’d associate with the city would be crabs. Steamers, crab cakes, soft shell sandwiches, and more. Venture away from the port area, however, and you’ll find a completely different culinary scene. Over on the East side of the city lies the blue collar crowd, and crabs aren’t every day living. The fact is, seafood is a premium; and for those who are simply getting by, a much more humble sandwich is up their alley. Two words: Pit beef.

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Capital Ribfest Day 1: Bad Wolf Barbecue

Hold up – I know you’re already asking “didn’t he JUST review Ottawa Ribfest?” Absolutely – last month, Ottawa Ribfest took over the downtown area like a 1950’s magician, appearing in a puff of smoke. But, mayor Jim Watson, always in favor of heightening the Ottawa festival scene, gave the thumbs up for a second event, the Capital Ribfest, nestled on the front lawn of City Hall, snugly set between roughly 8,000,000 Pokemon Go players.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Citizen’s Bank Park

I’ve been a baseball fan since birth. Some of my earliest memories are watching the Expos on my dad’s lap, with him getting me all riled up every time Tim Raines stepped on the field. I can remember listening to the games at our summer trailer on the radio, called by Dave Van Horne and Ken Singleton. That passion has never left me, and over the past few years I’ve made it a special point to visit at least one new ballpark every year.

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Ottawa Ribfest Day 2: Bone Daddy’s

The Porkapolypse has officially taken over the downtown core. It’s mesmerizing. Yesterday, I was able to navigate the crowds with ease; as dark clouds shook an angry fist at the potential spoils of drowning in hog heaven. Today, with the sun shining, thousands of downtown workers had overtaken the Sparks Street area, making it difficult to wiggle through from booth to booth.

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