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The Butchers Block | Bearded Butchers Blog

  • Smoker vs Grill – What is the Difference?

    Choosing between a smoker and a grill is a challenge. Before you shell out hard-earned cash, we want to let you know about the functional differences between grills and smokers that can make or break your decision.
  • Easy Smoked Fish Recipe

    It's easy to smoke fish incorrectly and end up with an expensive piece of dry and tasteless meat. We're going to show you the right way to smoke fish today so you'll be confident that you can get professional results every time.
  • 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.
  • How Does a Smoker Work

    A critical step when you want to learn to smoke meat is to understand the way a smoker works. There are several designs on the market with similarities and differences in the way they make smoke. Once you know how your smoker works, you'll be able to control the temperature and the amount of smoke to perfect your grilling skills.
  • 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. 
  • Should You Soak Wood Chips?

    Today, we're going to get off the cutting floor and step into the laboratory to discuss the truth behind how and when you should soak wood to use on your smoker or grill.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Best Smoked Brisket Recipe

    Beef brisket is one of those cuts of meat many people are too intimidated to try cooking. Brisket can be a challenge – it is a lean and tough cut that often is overcooked. But don't let it get the best of you. Today we're going to tell you how to smoke a brisket Texas-style for a great meal your family will love.
  • The Ultimate Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe

    Today we want to show you a simple method of making an excellent super juicy turkey every time. This is a great recipe you can make without a bunch of special equipment, hard-to-find ingredients, or crazy cooking processes. We hope you have a great Thanksgiving with friends and family and enjoy our tried and true recipe!
  • Different Types of Wood for Smoking

    Often, the best wood depends on the type of meat smokers are grilling. Once you get confident in your skills with smokers, you can also try combining different species or wood for unique flavors. Hopefully, this guide will help you pick the best wood for the meat you are smoking.
  • Spare Ribs vs Baby Back Ribs

    It would seem like buying ribs for your next cookout would be a simple process, until you're sitting at the butcher's counter trying to choose between spare ribs and baby back ribs. Which one is better? What's different about cooking baby back ribs over any other type of ribs? Today, we'll show you the differences and give you some tips for preparing the different cuts. It's all about the ribs baby!