Last week, I reviewed Chap’s Pit Beef, and after reviewing the comments to my post, I decided to give Pioneer’s Pit Beef a try. Due to the weather, we wanted to call and confirm that they were open for business. To our surprise, Pioneer has no business phone number and only a cross-street for an address. We crossed our fingers and headed out.
To get to this little out-of-the-way meat shack, exit 17 Security Blvd/MD 122 and turn right at N Rolling road. You will see the “Pioneer Pit Beef” sign and can enter the parking lot at the intersection of Rolling and Johnny Cake Rd.
They stick to what they know: turkey, ham, and beef and don’t offer much for side selections. Their fries are completely homemade, cut and prepared right in house. While I was deciding, they gave me a sample slice of roast beef and I did enjoy the savory, smoky, slightly charred piece of roast beef. For sides, we had a small ($0.75) order of coleslaw and fries with gravy. We got two roast beef sandwiches (1/2 lb for me, 1/3 lb for her), both topped with horse radish, barbeque sauce, and fresh onions. For sides, we had a small ($.075) order of coleslaw and fries with gravy. The coleslaw was excellent. It had a little kick to it which we suspected was a hint of horse radish. The fries and gravy were also a pleasing part of the meal. What I didn’t like was the flavor of their florescent barbeque sauce and not having control over the application of the condiments. I’m aware that many elite pit-beef fans go very light on the sauce, if using any sauce at all, but that’s what we like so that’s what we eat.
I had heard I should try the turkey, and I will be sure to at some point. However, I will be using my own sauce and asking for a double application of onions.