The Butchers Block | Bearded Butchers Blog

  • The Best Grilling Basket for Vegetables, Fish, and Small Items

    Grill baskets come in a lot of different shapes and sizes to serve different purposes. The grill basket also opens up the opportunity to grill some things in creative new ways using ingredients you normally wouldn't put on the grill. So today we're going over what you can grill with each type of grill basket. 
  • Why Medium Rare is Always the Perfect Steak Temperature

    Some strong opinions can come out when you're at a restaurant and someone at the table orders a well-done steak. You might see the look of disgust on another person's face, the shocked puzzlement of why anyone would ever order an overcooked steak. It might seem funny or even over the top, but there are actual reasons that medium-rare is considered to be the optimal temperature for steak. We'll explain why medium-rare steak temp is ideal and also give you some tips to help hit the perfect internal temperature each time you cook so that you get consistent results.
  • Griddle vs Grill: What You Need to Know

    Grills are one of the most iconic American cooking instruments that are practically a requirement for outdoor get-togethers. Most people are more familiar with griddles at diners and restaurants where the flat surface sizzles and sears in the background all day long rather than a tool for cooking up some steaks at the next holiday barbecue. But a griddle can unlock opportunities to prepare a wide variety of food items with an easy-to-clean cooking surface.
  • 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!
  • Smoker vs Grill – What is the Difference?

    Choosing between a smoker and a grill is a challenge. Before you shell out hard-earned cash, we want to let you know about the functional differences between grills and smokers that can make or break your decision.
  • How to Tell If a Steak Is Done

    Cooking a steak can be stressful when you aren't sure how to tell if it's done. Steak can be touchy – just a minute too much and the steak is overcooked. With time comes experience, and you'll learn to tell when a steak is done using several techniques. But when all-else fails, an instant read thermometer is your best bet!
  • 10 Must Have Pellet Grill Accessories

    It doesn't matter whether you are smoking, searing, or barbecuing on a pellet grill, there are a handful of important accessories you need. Tricking out your brand new Traeger or trying to find the perfect gift for the pit master in your life is a whole lot easier with this list. We've compiled the ultimate accessory items you'll want for your pellet grill. Check it out!
  • 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.
  • How to Cook a Medium Rare Steak

    One of the most intimidating things that you will face as you start to become an experienced grill master is how to know exactly when to pull your meat for the perfect finish. There are a few things you can learn to watch for and a couple tools that will have you making the perfect medium-rare steak in no time.
  • 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.