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The Butchers Block | Bearded Butchers Blog

  • What is Beef Tallow?

    Making tallow at home is a fantastic way to limit the amount of waste from a butchered animal and it makes a wonderful cooking medium. It's also 

    one of the best ways to gain delicious oil for frying and cooking. We love to use tallow in recipes, and we also use it to season cast-iron pans, griddles, and BBQ grates. Learn how to make it yourself with things you probably already have in your kitchen!

  • Grass Fed vs Grain Fed

    We get a lot of questions about the difference between grass-fed and grain-fed beef. Today, we're going to discuss the real differences that matter to buyers and share some tips for making good purchase decisions at your local butcher or grocery store. And don't miss our favorite Picanha Beef Skewers recipe at the end!
  • Is Beef Jerky Healthy?

    Beef jerky is one of our favorite snacks because it's easy to pack and delicious, but it can't be good for us, right? It turns out that beef jerky can be good for you, but choosing the best beef jerky is the important thing. There are lots of factors impacting the healthiness. Today we'll tell you about the benefits and drawbacks to beef jerky as a snack.
  • The Best Smoked Brisket Recipe

    Beef brisket is one of those cuts of meat many people are too intimidated to try cooking. Brisket can be a challenge – it is a lean and tough cut that often is overcooked. But don't let it get the best of you. Today we're going to tell you how to smoke a brisket Texas-style for a great meal your family will love.
  • The Best Way to Reheat Steak

    The key to a deliciously tender and juicy reheated steak is the method you use. Today we'll examine some of the pros and cons of a few different methods of reheating steak you can do at home for excellent, repeatable results. Follow along and we'll show you how to reheat your steak so it's almost as good as it was in the first place.
  • Our Favorite Beef Tri-Tip Recipe

    Cooking a perfect tri-tip isn't hard when you know how to do it right. We're going to share with you our favorite way to make juicy, tender tri-tip. One of the great things about this cut is that you can get great results without a ton of extra steps or special equipment, and you can have a delicious meal ready to serve in less than two hours.
  • Our Guide to Steak Temperatures

    There is a lot of confusion out there about what temperature to cook a steak at to get the perfect results. Well, we've cooked a few steaks over the years, and have some pretty good insight into the specific temperatures for steak to be cooked perfectly. We're sharing some of our best cooking tips so your next steak grilling experience will be a success without worrying whether the steak cooked too long.
  • What Are the Best Cuts of Beef?

    The meat counter can be a confusing place for many people who just want the best cut of beef for their meal. Trying to pick between different cuts, grades, and packages takes knowing what makes one cut better than another, and also how to pick out a good piece of meat. We've put together this guide to help you make informed decisions about the quality of the beef you buy in the store, so you can make the most out of your meals. 
  • How to Make Ground Beef at Home

    Making your own ground beef is actually pretty fun, and when you are done, you have the best ground beef that's superior to anything you can buy in the store. We're breaking down our entire process of how we make ground beef in our shop, how you can make it at home, and we're sharing one of our favorite recipes for ground beef. You're going to want to get cooking right after reading it!
  • Wagyu vs Kobe Beef - What's the Difference Between Them?

    What’s the difference between Wagyu vs Kobe, and are they really better than Prime US Grade A beef? We're breaking down everything you need to know about Wagyu beef, dispelling some myths, and even showing you how we butcher a Wagyu cow. Check it out!
  • Lean Meats vs. Fatty Meats

    Whether you prefer fatty meats or lean meats, you should know why they're labeled that way and how to handle them. We're explaining why different types of meat are higher or lower in fat. And we'll also go over how to prepare and cook both types of meat to perfection. There are lots of tricks the pros follow to make even the leanest of meat tender, juicy, and flavorful. 
  • Pro Tips: Grilling Every Classic BBQ Food

    The summer sun is finally here, and it’s time to get grilling. Instead of just telling you "how to grill chicken" or a specific barbecue recipe, we're going to share some of our favorite pro tips we have learned over the years for taking popular BBQ dishes over the top. We are going to tackle some common myths and point out some mistakes even experienced grill masters make. We hope you share these tips with your friends and family while gathering around a grill this summer.