Staring into the clean and bountiful meat case at the butcher shop can sometimes feel intimating. Packed with fresh prime cuts stacked one upon the other to form mountains of rosy-red meat, this collection of proteins can be hard to navigate if you are not familiar with them, so don’t be shy to ask for help.
Try making friends with your local butcher and ask them questions. “My recipe calls for this, but can I use that?” “I love a fillet, but it’s a little out of my price range — got anything similar in taste, but less expensive?” “How long should I let a steak like this rest for before cutting into it?”
Butchers usually are more than happy to assist you in your meat selection, and if you’re lucky they’ll share some knowledge and pro tips on how to cook their goods. Over time (and after enjoying many delicious steaks, chops, and more), this relationship will prove to be invaluable.
In the past, chuck has been referred to as “butchers cut” because the meatmongers used to keep this inexpensive cut for themselves and their family. Great marbling of fat, nice texture, and meaty flavor is what you can expect from this under-the-radar protein.
This dish uses the classic steakhouse flavor combination of bacon and blue cheese, but delivers them in a playful but delicious slider form. Serve these at your next summer barbecue and they will be sure to be a hit.
This is a great technique to keep in mind when cooking a whole chicken. Removing the backbone enables the chicken to lay flat on the grill, meaning it cooks at a much faster rate.
Addicted to Buffalo wings? Then try this recipe, which marries the flavors of Buffalo and barbecue sauce together.
These are not your average chicken wings! Smoke plays a complex role in this recipe, as it lends richness to the wings. Try serving these at you next backyard barbecue, and your guests will be in awe.
Citrus butter is the key to this recipe. Basting the chicken keeps it juicy as it cooks and adds a hit of lemon-lime that will leave you pleasantly surprised.
The secret to this perfect pork is the marinade. If you can, though, try finding bone-in chops, which will help protect the meat and keep it juicy as it cooks.
Recreate your favorite Korean barbecue dish at home with the wonderful kalbi recipe. Ask your butcher to cut the short ribs flanken style (thin and cut across the bone). This allows the meat to cook quickly and makes it easier to eat when finished.
Sweet cherries are the trick to this ultimate lamb chop recipe. Serve these tasty chops at your next barbecue and your guests will be thrilled — and then you can really wow them with one of these insanely good grilled desserts.
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