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The Butchers Block | Bearded Butchers Blog

  • 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 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.
  • Brisket Burnt Ends: What They Are and How to Make Them

    While burnt ends were once Friday night specialties in Kansas City BBQ joints as a way to make a little money off parts that were otherwise just scraps, today you'll find people going miles out of their way specifically for a burnt end sandwich. With our recipe, your friends and family will be blown away by the intense smokiness, crunchy bark, and the tender and juicy deliciousness of each mouthful of burnt ends.
  • How to Cook Grass Fed Beef

    There's a few differences between grass fed beef and grain fed beef, including how you should cook it. The Bearded Butchers are going to dive in today and let you know the best ways to cook grass-fed beef to get the best flavor.
  • Ultimate Guide: How to Butcher a Goat

    Obviously the apocalypse isn't happening right now, but that doesn't mean you should just sit back and fail to pick up a few skills. You know, just in case. Today, the Bearded Butchers are going to walk you through something that we haven't even done before – butchering and cooking a goat.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • How to Shop for the Best Cuts of Steak

    Getting that perfect cut of steak takes more than just cooking it correctly, you first have to start with a good piece of meat. Shopping for the best cut of steak is challenging when you don't know the things to look for that indicate a good steak. We'll teach you how to find the best steak when you're out shopping for your next meal.
  • How to Defrost Chicken

    There are several common mistakes people make when they defrost chicken that can make it less tasty and even dangerous. We are going to explain the safe way to defrost a frozen chicken so you get great results. So the next time you get a hankering for chicken you'll know how to defrost it correctly.

  • 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.
  • 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!

  • How to Remove Rust From Cast Iron

    Good cast iron skillets are heirlooms gratefully accepted by generations of future kitchen masters. But unfortunately, that also means you might come across a rusty one. So we're going to walk you through the process we find works the best for removing rust from cast iron, and we'll also let you know how to identify rusted cast iron that's beyond salvation.