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The Butchers Block | Bearded Butchers Blog

  • How to Use a Charcoal Chimney

    Learning how to use a charcoal chimney starter is easy and it'll make your experience cleaner, safer, and less stressful. Once you start using a chimney, you'll never go back. Over the years, we've learned a few tricks that'll help you get your coals ready to cook and we're sharing them all right here. Read now!
  • Start a Homestead: For Beginners

    Homesteading is a lot of work, but the results can certainly be worth it. If you've thought about what it would be like to have a homestead but aren't sure where to begin or what is involved, you've found the perfect article. We'll discuss how to start a self-sufficient homestead that will save money and give you the lifestyle you've always wanted.
  • How to Cut a Flank Steak

    Flank steak is a common favorite cut for grilling. It's an intensely flavorful cut despite being lean and boneless. Flank is one of our go-to proteins for a quick weekday meal that makes for excellent steak sandwiches or fajitas. Cutting flank steak correctly is essential to serving a tender, easily chewed meal. Learning to cut flank steak is an easy skill you'll have no trouble learning, so let's get into it!
  • Seasoning A Blackstone Griddle

    A properly seasoned griddle lets you fry an egg without oil, sear a steak without sticking, and grill fish without the skin flaking off. When you buy a new Blackstone griddle, you'll need to season it before you can use it. And over time, the the griddle surface seasoning will need to be renewed. So we're showing you exactly how to do it.
  • How to Clean a Big Green Egg

    The Big Green Egg is a phenomenal charcoal kamado grill and smoker, but it's also a big financial investment. It makes sense that you would want to keep it clean so that it will last for a long time. Cleaning your Big Green Egg is simple to do and doesn't take much work as long as you regularly maintain it. We'll go through each step in the cleaning process so you'll know exactly how to keep your Big Green Egg clean and working perfectly.
  • The Best Smoked Meats

    Figuring out the best meat for smoking isn't always easy. If you've fallen into the habit of just grabbing baby back ribs or a pork butt every time you fire up the smoker, it can be difficult to be creative and try new things. So we're sharing our favorite cuts, recipes, and seasonings with you and giving some expert tips to make sure your smoked meat is delicious every time.

  • How to Make Beef Bone Broth

    Making beef bone broth at home is one of the easiest things you can do and you'll get superior results over that stuff you buy in the store. We're going to give you the facts about beef bone broth to help dispel some of the misunderstandings and then we'll let you know how you can make it right in your home kitchen and store it to use whenever you want.
  • How to Start Homesteading

    In the most traditional sense, the concept of homesteading refers to the practice of being self-sufficient. The great thing about it is that anyone can learn the skills – whether you live in an apartment, have a small yard, or are trying to develop a larger property. Homesteading is what you make it. 
  • How to Clean A Pellet Grill

    We had an interesting discussion recently about cleaning pellet grills. It turns out that some people never clean their grill. They clean the grates as necessary, but that's it. But cleaning your grill is an essential step to cooking the best tasting food possible. So let's go over the products you'll need and the best way to do it.

  • The Ultimate Guide to Smoking with A Traeger Grill

    Consider this your ultimate guide for everything you need to know about how a Traeger Grill works, what makes different models more expensive, and how you can use a Traeger Grill to get the best smoked meat of your life. When you're ready for the most frustration-free way of smoking, a Traeger is a great investment. You'll never look at smoking the same once you start using one.
  • 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.