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We want to make 6 or 7 30-minute television programs that celebrate our region, its history, its people and some of its idiosyncrasies.
We want to make 6 or 7 30-minute television programs that celebrate our region, its history, its people and some of its idiosyncrasies.
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Tonight on WQED: Our 2nd NEBBY program MEAT PITTSBURGH

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I just want to tell you (and all of your fellow NEBBY backers) that our second NEBBY program will premiering tonight on WQED TV at 8 PM. It's called MEAT PITTSBURGH and it's a quick look at a few interesting places in the Greater Pittsburgh area where you can get meat.

We visit 8 places, starting near Latrobe at the Jamison Farm where Sukey and John Jamison raise lambs that are considered among the world's best and that are served in many fine restaurants.

Next stop is the restaurant called Whitfield in the Ace Hotel in East Liberty where executive chef Beth Zozula and butcher Steve Beachy show us how they break down the side of locally raised, grass-fed beef that they receive every week from Jubilee Hilltop Ranch near Bedford PA.

We also stop at Salem's Market and Grill in the Strip District where all the meat is halal which means that it's processed according to Muslim laws. And Abdullah Salem will tell you that the halal meat, especially the chicken, tastes better! All the meat that they sell in their old-fashioned butcher shop and in their restaurant is halal.

We began shooting in November, so we took advantage of the season to travel to Leechburg PA to Pounds Turkey Farm during the busiest time of year for the Pounds family. And we learned a lot about the business of raising, processing and selling fresh turkeys.

Then, by chance, on Instagram, I saw a funny and clever promotional video for Shopwcase BBQ on Frankstown Avenue in Homewood, and I immediately wanted to meet and include Drew Allen (who calls himself "The BBQ Bully" and "BigBlitzburghFromPittsburgh.") Drew smokes, grills and barbecues a variety of meats, and the cooks in his kitchen produce a number of delicious side dishes and some pretty fine cornbread too.

The, we meet the Ricci family in Kennedy Township at Ricci's Italian Sausage in the Kenmawr Plaza shopping center. Ernie Ricci and his parents still make sausage and prepared foods in the way that the family has been doing since they opened their first store on Island Avenue in McKees Rocks in 1945. They even shared some nice old home movies with us.

Then we're off to Taylorstown in Washington County where the Weiss Family owns and runs Green Valley Packing, the home of Albert's Meats. They make several varieties of kielbasa and other sausages as well as hams, lunch meats and even hot dogs.

So we end the show by stopping to taste some of Albert's hot dogs at Shorty's Lunch, a great local eatery in Washington PA where people have been coming since the early 1930s to get a quick bite in a homey and now classic atmosphere. Worth stopping to check it out yourself. "With Everything" there is mustard, chili and onions. Superb.

Please tune in to watch tonight. We'll try to have an on-line version available tomorrow, and I'll post a link here then.

Thanks again and forever for helping to make these NEBBY programs possible.  

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      patty mcgrath on

      Can't wait to see this one. Our halal Thanksgiving turkey was from Salem's, and it was great. Now you've given us more restaurants we MUST visit. Thanks Rick for another fantastic creation.

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      Terri Nolle on

      This is a great tribute to my late in-laws, Darrie and son Glenn Welsch how had a small meat market on Boggs Avenue. That WAS the best meat will ever have. In 1980's Glenn lost his business basically because of giving people books to get meat and pay later. This kind man lost refused to send thousands of dollars to collections! Great man...many families of tge 50s and 60s alive because of Welsch Meats kindness.