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The Butchers Block | Bearded Butchers Blog

  • 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.
  • What Are the Best Cuts of Beef?

    The meat counter can be a confusing place for many people who just want the best cut of beef for their meal. Trying to pick between different cuts, grades, and packages takes knowing what makes one cut better than another, and also how to pick out a good piece of meat. We've put together this guide to help you make informed decisions about the quality of the beef you buy in the store, so you can make the most out of your meals. 
  • 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!
  • Lean Meats vs. Fatty Meats

    Whether you prefer fatty meats or lean meats, you should know why they're labeled that way and how to handle them. We're explaining why different types of meat are higher or lower in fat. And we'll also go over how to prepare and cook both types of meat to perfection. There are lots of tricks the pros follow to make even the leanest of meat tender, juicy, and flavorful.