In Maryland and the surrounding Baltimore area, pit beef has become the definitive go-to dish for barbecue sandwiches. At Costas Inn, we are known for our seafood dishes and crabs. But we also specialize in cooking other foods like pit beef. If you want to learn more about this food, have plans to try it, or if you’ve had it, this blog is for you.
Pit Beef Has A Rich Tradition In Baltimore
According to local historians, this food originated on the city’s east side along Route 40. Pit beef wasn’t cognized as a Baltimore staple until Boog’s Corner (now recognized as Boog’s BBQ) was built after former Baltimore Orioles first baseman Boog Powell who frequently visited pit beef stands throughout the city.
How Did Pit Beef Become So Popular In The Area
Pit beef’s popularity has grown dramatically over time. More and more barbecue restaurants are including different varieties of pit beef on their menus. The truth is that nobody understands how local pit beef came to be so well-liked. Yet, after many years, locals began noticing pit beef. After a while, pit beef has become a mainstay in the Baltimore area.
How Is It Cooked
Traditional pit beef is spit-cooked over hot charcoals, giving the meat a charred, earthy flavor. Meat is typically served rare and is sliced, either manually or mechanically, into thin, delicate slices. Top round roast is used to make pit beef grilled over hardwood or charcoal. After being cooked, it is thinly sliced, heaped high on bread or a roll, and garnished with horseradish, a few onions, and (sometimes) barbecue sauce. Usually, the dish is accompanied by the side of french fries.
COSTAS INN IS YOUR SEAFOOD DESTINATION FOR THE BEST CRABS IN BALTIMORE!
Costas Inn has been an area icon, slinging the best crabs in Baltimore since 1971. So here’s to 50 years, and cheers to 50 more!
You may recognize our restaurant recently featured on the Food Network with Michael Symon on Burgers, Brew, and ‘Que! We were also voted the 2015 #1 Baltimore Seafood Restaurant by USA Today and #1 Crab Restaurant 2014 in the Baltimore Business Journal. You may have also spotted Costas Inn during one of our nine appearances on the Today Show or heard one of our many interviews on WJZ TV Channel 13 with Ron Matz and Marty Bass.
You can enjoy our famous crab cakes in-house or order them online for any time eating. We also provide some of the best seafood catering in the Baltimore area! Of course, you can get your fill from Costas even when you’re not in our dining room: follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube!