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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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Our Must Have Big Green Egg Accessories

    The Big Green Egg is one of the most useful cooking tools around. You can get it to do any type of cooking. From smoking meat to grilling steak, and everything in-between. Right out of the box, your Big Green Egg is great. But adding a few ultimate must-have and nice-to-have Big Green Egg accessories will transform the cooking process. Here are some of our favorites!

  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • Resting Meat: How Long to Let Steak Rest

    Letting your steak rest is about more than just letting it cool enough to eat. There is actually some science to it and your steak will end up even better if you take the time to let it rest. Learn more!
  • 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.
  • Most Common Smoking Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

    Smoking can be an intimidating process and sooner or later, everyone has a smoking fail. You can minimize the chances that disaster will strike by avoiding some of the most common smoking mistakes. We'll help you with some tips and tricks we use to make sure our smoking experience is a success.