Pit beef is a dish of roast beef prepared over a charcoal fire, commonly using top round cuts of beef. The cooked roast is sliced thinly and often used in sandwiches, accompanied by horseradish and sometimes barbecue sauce. Unlike barbecue, the meat is cooked quickly at high temperatures, served rare, and has a light smoke flavor. The preparation is a local specialty in the area around Baltimore, Maryland. The origin of the specific name "pit beef" dates to the 1970s on Baltimore's east side, along Pulaski Highway, and became popular in the 1980s.
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