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The Butchers Block | Bearded Butchers Blog

  • How to Use a Charcoal Chimney

    Learning how to use a charcoal chimney starter is easy and it'll make your experience cleaner, safer, and less stressful. Once you start using a chimney, you'll never go back. Over the years, we've learned a few tricks that'll help you get your coals ready to cook and we're sharing them all right here. Read now!
  • The Best Lump Charcoal | Rockwood vs Blues Hog vs B&B

    Whether you're smoking, grilling, or barbecuing, using natural hardwood lump charcoal will give you better results than briquettes. But choosing the best lump charcoal is kind of a pain. So we finally decided to pick up a couple bags of lump charcoal and put them through their paces to see which ones performed the best.
  • Bearded Butcher Blend Original Meatball Parmesan Recipe

    Craving some Italian food? Here's a different take on meatball parmesan. It's a relatively easy recipe that you'll just have to throw in your smoker for a few hours. Let us know if you try it!

  • Start a Homestead: For Beginners

    Homesteading is a lot of work, but the results can certainly be worth it. If you've thought about what it would be like to have a homestead but aren't sure where to begin or what is involved, you've found the perfect article. We'll discuss how to start a self-sufficient homestead that will save money and give you the lifestyle you've always wanted.
  • How Is Beef Jerky Made?

    Have you ever wondered how commercial processors make beef jerky? Well, we always liked to make our own jerky, and we recently launched our own Bearded Butcher Beef Bites, so we decided it'd be fun to break down how the big jerky companies make their products. It turns out that the process is pretty interesting.
  • Our Favorite Post Workout Snack: Beef Jerky

    If you're looking for a healthy, delicious, and convenient alternative to overpriced whey protein powders, premade shakes, and protein bars – you should take a look at beef jerky for your post workout meal.
  • The Best Burger Recipe for Labor Day

    Labor Day is the grillers favorite holiday. It's the last summer cookout and the perfect opportunity to have some fun with classic grill foods. Hamburgers are sure to be on tens of thousands of barbecues over the Labor Day weekend, so we thought that we would show you the best way to make the best hamburger and we're also sharing a full recipe at the end.
  • The Benefits of Pellet Grills

    Pellet grills are all the rage right now and have been for several years. It seems like every time you look, there is a new model to choose from. A good quality pellet smoker isn't a cheap investment and it can be a chore to decide if a pellet grill is even right for you, especially if you've never used one before. Before you go out and drop big bucks on a pellet grill, you should read our article on the benefits – and potential drawbacks – associated with pellet grills.
  • How to Cut a Flank Steak

    Flank steak is a common favorite cut for grilling. It's an intensely flavorful cut despite being lean and boneless. Flank is one of our go-to proteins for a quick weekday meal that makes for excellent steak sandwiches or fajitas. Cutting flank steak correctly is essential to serving a tender, easily chewed meal. Learning to cut flank steak is an easy skill you'll have no trouble learning, so let's get into it!
  • Seasoning A Blackstone Griddle

    A properly seasoned griddle lets you fry an egg without oil, sear a steak without sticking, and grill fish without the skin flaking off. When you buy a new Blackstone griddle, you'll need to season it before you can use it. And over time, the the griddle surface seasoning will need to be renewed. So we're showing you exactly how to do it.
  • What Is Biltong? How It's Different from Beef Jerky

    Biltong sort of looks like beef jerky and it sort of tastes like beef jerky, but that's where the similarities end. Biltong and beef jerky are different in many ways. If you haven't tried it, grab a bag and give it a whirl. It's a unique experience and a tasty way to have a healthy and nutritious snack.
  • Best Road Trip Snacks: Beef Jerky

    When you're on the road and you don't want to stop to eat at every other roadside burger stand, having the best road trip snacks will make the drive more enjoyable. If you've got kids, you know how quickly a package of crackers or a chocolate bar can turn into a huge mess in the back seat. Jerky is way less messy, significantly more nutritious, and a great tasting snack.