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The Butchers Block | Bearded Butchers Blog

  • Top 5 Thanksgiving Side Dishes

    For some people, Thanksgiving is all about the side dishes. The perfect side dishes will compliment your turkey by adding flavors, textures, and colors to your Thanksgiving menu. Here are some of our favorites!
  • How to Make the Best Hot Dogs at Home

    Buying commercially-produced hot dogs is always a little bit sketchy. You never know what they put in there, what quality the meat was, or whether they are using fillers and other unappealing ingredients. The good news is that you can make hot dogs at home easily with our favorite recipe. All it takes is having the right equipment and following these steps!
  • Curing Meat at Home

    Home curing can be a lot of fun, and it's a great opportunity to experiment with different flavor combinations and seasonings. The process uses salt to cure meat, and it's surprisingly easy to do at home with just a few simple steps.
  • How to Brine Chicken

    Fall is in the air, which means it's also the perfect time of year to perfect your baked chicken. When cooking a chicken in the oven, it's remarkably easy to overcook it. What if we told you there was a simple way to get a moist, delicious roast chicken each and every time? Today, we're sharing with you the secrets of brining a chicken. After your first taste of a roasted chicken that you brined, you'll never go back to any other method.
  • Grilling and Reverse Searing a Bison Tomahawk Steak

    A popular way to cook a steak right now is the reverse sear method. This fancy term is actually a really easy way to get a perfect medium rare steak with that delightful, crunchy, crispy exterior that only high-heat creates. Today we're sharing our simple recipe that lets you use some of the skills from grilling and smoking to sear a steak to 5-star excellence.
  • How to Make Deer Smokies

    Smokies make for a great snack, and they'll even keep on a long day hike. If you have trimmings or ground meat, you can easily make smokies at home. Smokies, or sticks as some folks call them, are fun, easy, and a great way to use up some leftover deer meat. After all, it's time to make room in the freezer for hunting season. 

  • 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!
  • How to Sharpen a Knife

    Learning to properly sharpen a knife is a skill anyone who enjoys cooking needs to learn. Sharpening a knife incorrectly can make the blade dull and even destroy the knife. But, when sharpened the right way, a knife will hold an edge and be easy to maintain. Today, we are going to discuss some of the different types of knife sharpening tools and how to use them to get a good, sharp edge to keep your knives in peak condition. 

  • Chicken Stock vs. Chicken Broth: Making and Using Both

    Today, we are going to discuss two misunderstood yet classic food items – chicken stock and chicken broth. Knowing how to make and use broth and stock is key to elevating simple dishes, adding tons of flavor, and wasting nothing. We'll discuss the differences, how to make both broth and stock, and share some of our favorite ways to use both to craft seriously good food. 
  • The Benefits of Smoking with Wood Pellets

    One of our favorite tools to use is our Traeger Grills Iron Wood 885 smoker. But did you know, you can use wood pellets and chips in a gas grill or a charcoal barbecue? Today, we are going to discuss the types of woods you can use to create a delicious, smoky flavor – even if you don't have a Traeger Grill.
  • How to Make Summer Sausage at Home

    Deer season is just around the corner, and we couldn’t be more excited for opening day to finally get here. In this article, we'll show you how we make an authentic and tangy venison summer sausage. We're going to break down the science behind flavoring and detail the spices we use. These sausages also travel well, so they're the perfect snack to take along on your hunt this fall.
  • How to Clean Your Grill

    Keeping your grill clean is an essential element to cooking good tasting, healthy food. We all know it isn’t the most enjoyable activity, but regularly cleaning the grill will make the job less of a challenge. After a while, it'll just become a habit. It’s important to make sure you are cleaning the type of grill grate you have in the correct way. Follow the tips above to get the most out of your grill.