<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="5"/>

Do you know of any way for me to stick a meta tag in using a
before_filter or after_filter or around_filter?

<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="5"/>

I have been trying to figure out out and just cannot make sense of it.

You could use the content_for pattern. Set the header as he content in
your filter, and output it in your view.

Christian