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The Butchers Block | Bearded Butchers Blog

  • How Does a Smoker Work

    A critical step when you want to learn to smoke meat is to understand the way a smoker works. There are several designs on the market with similarities and differences in the way they make smoke. Once you know how your smoker works, you'll be able to control the temperature and the amount of smoke to perfect your grilling skills.
  • What is Reverse Sear?

    When you slice through the crisp, crackly crust and reveal tender, juicy beef, you know that steak is going to be delicious. Getting the ideal sear isn't difficult, but it does take a little practice and some know-how. So we're going to explain how a reverse sear works, why it creates such a fantastic piece of beef, and how you can get that five-star texture and flavor at home.
  • How is Charcoal Made?

    Charcoal is one of those mysterious variables in grilling and barbecuing. For every charcoal product on the market you'll find at least a dozen opinions about what is best, most traditional, or most flavorful. One thing is clear – not all charcoal is the same. The way different types of charcoal is made contributes to how the product works. You can even blend different types of charcoal to get unique flavors from your meat. It all starts with how charcoal is made.
  • What is Butcher Paper & Where Can You Buy It

    Butcher paper is one of those things that is misunderstood and often left out of the smoking process because of the confusion of what it is and what it does. It's also not always the easiest item to find in the stores, either. But if you want to know the secret to intense smoky flavors, juiciness, and a tender roast – keep reading. 
  • What is Pulled Pork?

    Pulled pork is a staple dish at barbecues from the Carolina's to California. It's no surprise – pulled pork is delicious. It's also an inexpensive dish that provides plenty of opportunity for creativity. Let's dive into its history and how to cook it!
  • May Is National Barbecue Month & We're Celebrating!

    There are so many things to love about the month of May. The spring air, flowers blooming, warmer weather – but the thing we love the most about May is that it's National Barbecue Month! That means it's time to get out the grill, season up some steaks, and get cooking. Celebrate National Barbecue Month with some of our favorite recipes and tips from our blog!
  • What Is Brisket?

    Let's talk about one of the most misunderstood cuts of beef around that also happens to be one of our favorites to smoke on the Traeger – brisket. Brisket is a tough cut of beef that needs to be prepared correctly. But don't be intimidated, you can use simple and effective flavors to get a fantastic meal your family will enjoy.
  • Burch Barrel: Perfect for Outdoor Entertaining

    Today we're going to share with you one of the coolest new cooking devices we've seen in years: The Burch Barrel. We've been spending some time lately pushing our Burch Barrel to its limits so that we can share the experience with you. Follow along as we lift the lid and get cooking.
  • The Ultimate Guide: How to BBQ

    Our favorite way to cook anything is on the barbecue. It could be steaks, wild game, or even vegetables. Give us an opportunity to fire up the grill and we are on it. If you are new to barbecuing or are looking for handy tips and tricks to improve your grill-game, this guide is going to be a big help. We're going to explain some of the lingo and give you the knowledge you need to become the BBQ master.
  • 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.
  • Pellet Grill vs Charcoal Grill

    If you are thinking about upgrading your grill this year you might be on the fence between spending money on a pellet grill or buying a high-quality charcoal grill. Today, we'll discuss the pros and cons of these two types of grills to help you narrow down what the best buy for you and your cooking style may be.