Institutionally, Y&H has a special connection to D.C. Meat Week. After all, the last guy to occupy this seat, Tim Carman, sort of kick-started the whole thing in this very space back in 2009. All he really proposed was dinner.  “All I did was write a blog item about the non-D.C. event in 2009, mostly to fill a quota, and then began to daydream about eating barbecue with some like-minded souls,” Carman explains. A good excuse, at any rate, to pig out on the no-frills Texas-style ‘cue at Urban Bar-B-Que in Rockville.

Now, it’s a yearly thing, with a spiffy new logo and everything! Pigs replace stars in the new D.C. flag motif. “That was the animal that we had the highest resolution graphic of,” says co-organizer, Mr. Capital Spice, Mike Bober. “And we tried it with three different animals in place of the stars. It didn’t speak to the D.C. flag the same way that a repetition of three did.”

Tonight, the ‘cue carnival converges at Hill Country. Then, it’s off toPork Barrel, Smoke & Barrel, and even a few non-barrel-titled venues, too. See the full agenda below:

Monday, Jan. 30, 6:30 PM
Hill Country, 410 7th St. NW

*Specials: All you can eat Brisket, Pork Ribs, Barbecue Chicken and all the Sides for $20. Drink Specials: $2 PBRs & $20 Pitchers of Shiner all night; $5 well drinks and margaritas til 7 PM.

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 7 PM
Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant,
2312 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria

*Specials: Meat Week Sampler Platter for $20.12.
1/4 pound Pulled Pork, 1/4 pound Brisket, 3 Ribs, 1/4 Chicken, 1 Brisket Sausage, 2 Sides

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 7 p.m.
PORC (Purveyors of Rolling Cuisine – hosted by Torries @ Wilson), 700 V Street, NW

Please RSVP here.

*Specials: $25 All-You-Can-Eat Buffet, including pulled pork, Smokey Joe (PORC’’s take on the sloppy joe), Goat BBQ, PORC Hot Links (debut item!), Mac and Cheese, BBQ Beans, Coleslaw, Collard Greens, Chocolate Truffles on a Stick.

Thursday, Feb. 2, 7 p.m.
Smoke & Barrel, 2471 18th Street, NW

*Specials: Meat Week Buffet for $22.95

Friday, Feb. 3, 7 PM
Memphis BBQ, 320 S. 23rd St., Arlington

*Specials: Free dessert with a minimum $15 purchase of food and beverage (including alcohol)

Saturday, Feb. 4, 1 PM
Mr. P’s Ribs & Fish, 566 25th Pl. NE (in the Rhode Island Avenue Safeway parking lot – look for the converted school bus)

Sunday, Feb. 5, 11AM to 2PM
Rocklands BBQ, 2418 Wisconsin Ave NW

*Specials: PB&E Sandwich (pulled pork, bacon & fried egg) for $7.99
Southern Chicken Sandwich with white sauce for $6.99
Brunswick Stew with cornbread – single serving for $3.49, pint for $5.99