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The Butchers Block | Bearded Butchers Blog

  • Should You Soak Wood Chips?

    Today, we're going to get off the cutting floor and step into the laboratory to discuss the truth behind how and when you should soak wood to use on your smoker or grill.
  • Resting Meat: How Long to Let Steak Rest

    Letting your steak rest is about more than just letting it cool enough to eat. There is actually some science to it and your steak will end up even better if you take the time to let it rest. Learn more!
  • Glaze vs Sauce: What's the Difference?

    There are a few differences between sauce and glaze that set them apart from one another, and also a few similarities that lead to the confusion between what is a glaze and what is a sauce. Today, we're breaking them both down and sharing one of our favorite glaze recipes. 
  • Benefits of Eating Red Meat

    Red meat can be an important part of a healthy diet. It's a great source of important proteins, vitamins, and minerals. Today we'll dispel some of the myths about red meat and we'll show you some ways to use red meat as part of a balanced diet.
  • How to Shop for the Best Cuts of Steak

    Getting that perfect cut of steak takes more than just cooking it correctly, you first have to start with a good piece of meat. Shopping for the best cut of steak is challenging when you don't know the things to look for that indicate a good steak. We'll teach you how to find the best steak when you're out shopping for your next meal.
  • American Wagyu Beef

    A cross between Japanese Wagyu and American cattle, American Wagyu beef has a similar marbling to Japanese beef but a flavor and texture that's uniquely American Wagyu. It's still a rarity in stores, but you might get lucky if you ask your local butcher for it. Should you get an opportunity to experience this rich and premium beef, you'll never forget the taste!
  • How to Cut Ribeye Steaks

    While purchasing a whole rib roast may seem daunting, you'll save a bit of money in the process and you'll end up with the best ribeye steaks. We're going to show you how to trim and cut a prime rib roast so you can carve your own ribeye steaks. We'll also give some tips for grilling the tastiest steaks on the planet.

  • Best Beef Jerky Brands

    Finding good-tasting high-quality jerky can be a challenge. Many brands of beef jerky have a long ingredient list full of preservatives, artificial colors, and added sugar. Today we're sharing some of our favorite brands that are free of unnecessary additives and ingredients, so you can feel good about eating the whole bag. Learn more!
  • How to Defrost Chicken

    There are several common mistakes people make when they defrost chicken that can make it less tasty and even dangerous. We are going to explain the safe way to defrost a frozen chicken so you get great results. So the next time you get a hankering for chicken you'll know how to defrost it correctly.

  • Our Most Trusted Butcher Knives

    Being butchers, some days it can feel a little like juggling knives at work. Fortunately for our fingers and toes, we've found a few knives that really do it all, so there's a lot less reaching for the next blade throughout the day. We're going to share with you some of our most trusted butcher knives we actually use.
  • What Are Pig Wings?

    Where do pig wings come from you may ask? They come from super-rare flying pigs, of course! We're just kidding, and it's probably a good thing that pigs don't fly. If you'd like to learn where pig wings come from and how to cook them, keep reading!
  • How to Control Temperature on a Kamado Grill

    One of the most challenging skills you need to learn when you start grilling or smoking on a kamado grill is how to control the temperature correctly. This article will give you the knowledge you need to perfect your skills. You'll learn all about the way to set the perfect temperature on a kamado grill the first try.