Welcome to meat heaven: 30 ridiculously delicious photos from Meatopia

steak chopping
Dan Gentile

Everyone needs to slip into a deep meat sleep every once in a while, but for the carnivore craving a new level of sinewy stupor, there are few places on Earth as intense as Meatopia.

veal skull
Dan Gentile

The day-long festival of flesh-eating was founded nine years ago by Esquire food writer Josh Ozersky as an excuse to eat meat with people who love meat (i.e. everyone cool).

This year's event took place last weekend in San Antonio, where 35 chefs grilled up enough protein to make some really good Garnier shampoo. Scroll down to see the gloriously hunger-inducing photos of everything we ate.

veal breast
Dan Gentile

Braised stuffed breast of veal with potatoes mousseline sauce madere
Andrew Weissman, Il Sogno Osteria (San Antonio)

steak with barbecue butter
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Steak with barbecue butter
Tim Rattray, The Granary (San Antonio)

Orange-lambic brulee’d chicken with thyme and arugula
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Orange-lambic brulee’d chicken with thyme and arugula
Jeff Balfour (San Antonio)

whole lamb
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Fire-roasted whole lamb in the Riojan style
Jordan Mackey, Las Ramblas (San Antonio)

lamb on the grill
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Fire-roasted whole lamb in the Riojan style
Jordan Mackey, Las Ramblas (San Antonio)

lamb carcass
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Fire-roasted whole lamb in the Riojan style
Jordan Mackey, Las Ramblas (San Antonio)

whole roasting hog
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Whole, boned roasted Duroc hog cooked in La Caja China double-decker grill boxes, accompanied with mojo pickled onions
Nelson Millan, San Antonio Country Club

grilled doves
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Grilled doves
Jesse Griffiths, Dai Due (Austin)

lamb racks on grill
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All-natural lamb racks with lemon-mint pesto
H-E-B (San Antonio)

lamb ribs
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All-natural lamb racks with lemon-mint pesto
H-E-B (San Antonio)

thai baby back ribs
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Thai baby back ribs with sticky rice & 'Naam Jim Jaew' hot sauce
Jennifer Dobbertin, Hot Mess Food (San Antonio)

prime rib smoking
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Flannery Beef’s ultra-prime rib eye with chimichurri
Tim Byres, Smoke (Dallas)

prime rib slicing
Dan Gentile

Flannery Beef’s ultra-prime rib eye with chimichurri
Tim Byres, Smoke (Dallas)

crispy lamb ribs
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Crispy grilled lamb ribs
Ned Elliott, Foreign & Domestic (Austin)

leg of veal
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Wood-roasted whole leg of veal with Argentinian grilled sweetbreads topped with spicy chimichurri chorizo and grilled peppers
Geronimo Lopez, Nao (San Antonio)

paella
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Pork belly paella with farm eggs
Chef Anthony Goncalves, 42 (White Plains, NY)

charcoal chicken
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Charcoal-grilled chicken with pixie chili paste, palm sugar, black vinegar, and cumin
Rene Ortiz, CochiSuperstar (Austin)

charcoal chicken
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Charcoal-grilled chicken with pixie chili paste, palm sugar, black vinegar, and cumin
Rene Ortiz, CochiSuperstar (Austin)

chile-rubbed steak
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Calabrian chile-rubbed steak alla Toscano
Michael Toscano, Perla (NYC)

bbq coffee cure steak
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BBQ coffee cure steak with pickled mustard seed and celery relish
Tim Byres, Smoke (Dallas)

steak cutting
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Steak with barbecue butter
Tim Rattray, The Granary (San Antonio)

goat roasting
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Cabritos asados de lena
Johnny Hernandez, La Gloria (San Antonio)

sizzing sizig
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Pork-centric Filipino sizzling sisig
Paul Qui, Qui (Austin)

whole hog
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Whole hog gumbo
Steven McHugh, Cured (San Antonio)

roasting pig
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Porchetta and fire-roasted clams with charred sourdough
Jason Dady (San Antonio)

porchetta
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Porchetta and fire-roasted clams with charred sourdough
Jason Daddy (San Antonio)

chicken breasts
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Grass roots farm pastured breast, shoulders, knees and toes of chicken
Ford Fry, No. 246 (Decatur, GA)

chicken foot
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Grass roots farm pastured breast, shoulders, knees and toes of chicken
Ford Fry, No. 246 (Decatur, GA)