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The Butchers Block | Bearded Butchers Blog

  • Charcoal vs Gas Grills

    Ultimately, despite considerable differences in appearance and cost, charcoal and gas grills differ in only one meaningful way: the fuel. While that may not seem like a big deal, it's actually a significant factor to consider for the flavor of your food and the type of grilling you plan to do most often. Learn which one is best for you!
  • Our Must-Have Thanksgiving Side Dishes

    The holidays are an excellent time to flex your creative muscle in the kitchen. They're one great way to show off your culinary skills. The beauty of it is that when you're making a side for a feast like Thanksgiving, you can try out interesting ideas to dress up some of the classic side dishes. We picked three of our favorite sides and made them into must-have recipes with a few simple tricks and a kick of flavor from our Bearded Butcher Blend Seasonings.

  • Scott's Maple Chipotle Turkey Recipe (KISS Method)

    We know the designated cook of the family always takes pride in their Thanksgiving Day turkey (Scott definitely does) so you probably already have a go-to Turkey recipe. But just incase you don't, or maybe you just want to switch things up this year, we're sharing Scott's tried and tested Maple Chipotle Turkey Recipe. Not only is it super simple, but it makes an excellent super juicy bird every time.
  • Buttery Smoked Corn on the Cob Recipe

    While we love the classic methods of cooking corn, today we are going to share what we consider to be the ultimate way to enjoy this bountiful grain – smoked. In fact, smoked corn is so good that we even created our own seasoning just for this recipe. Our Bearded Butcher Butter Blend gives you the perfect combination of rich and creamy butter flavor with just enough kick.
  • Smoked Turkey Brine Recipe

    After years of struggling to find ways to cook a turkey without drying the breast meat out, we discovered that the best way to make a delicious Thanksgiving Day turkey is to brine it and then smoke it. The smoke flavor is a perfect compliment to the light meat and the brine ensures we never end up with dry, flavorless turkey. We're going to share some of our top tips and recipe ideas so you can wow your friends and family this holiday season.
  • Beef Sticks vs Beef Jerky

    We know that some people are beef stick people, others are jerky people, but a lot of us are somewhere in between. Making the choice between one and the other can be a challenge when you are searching for a healthy, nutritious snack on the go. We are going to break it down for you so you'll know what to look for in order to get exactly what you want from your meat snack.
  • Cooking Chicken 101

    Chicken is one of the most popular dishes in America. It's a low-cost protein that doesn't have strong flavors and can be prepared in a number of creative ways. Using these tips and guidelines, you'll be turning out mouth-watering, juicy chicken every time. And if you're looking for a good chicken recipe, make sure you scroll to the end!

  • The Best Charcoal Smokers for 2021

    There is no smoker that will give you a more authentic smokehouse flavor than a charcoal smoker design. There are lots of different options out there that all aim to offer ease-of-use, consistency, and durable design. However, some smokers are simply better than others. We'll give you a guide to our favorite designs and the best charcoal smoker products on the market for 2021 to help simplify your search for your next smoker.
  • Smoking Times and Temperatures

    Perfectly smoking meat is as much an art as it is a science. If you know the correct temperature to run your smoker and the ideal internal temperature of your meat, you stand a good chance of getting the science part right. The artistry is all about the flavors, spices, and wood you choose. Today, we are going to explain how to time your smoker perfectly so that you never have to worry about over- or under-cooking your meat.
  • FAQ: Fall Wild Turkey Season Ohio 2021

    Fall wild turkey season is just around the corner and we couldn't be more excited to get out in the fields and track some wily gobblers. Regulations in Ohio for turkey season are much more strict than for many other species, so you'll need to understand the laws before setting out to hunt. We put together this frequently asked questions article to help answer most of your questions. 
  • Burnt Ends vs Rib Tips

    Burnt ends and rib tips are very different from one another. Burnt ends are made from the point of a well-smoked brisket while rib tips are a byproduct trimmed from St. Louis Style ribs. Today, we're talking specifically about rib tips – culinary curiosities that started out as a cheap way to survive and have now become a defining element of regional barbecue.
  • How to Make Wild Game Stock

    One of the best ways to make sure you are using every part of wild game you harvest is to make a stock. Stock is one of the easiest things you can make but it does take time and attention. We're sharing a few tips and our favorite venison gravy recipe that you can make using your fresh stock.