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The New Cuts of Steak: Big Flavor, Merciful Price, Part 2

The New Cuts of Steak: Big Flavor, Merciful Price, Part 2

"Carne asada" by Flickr user Daniel R. Blume via Creative Commons. For more than two decades, the slogan of the beef industry was, “Beef. It’s what’s for dinner.” Except that in some American households, it wasn’t. And it it’s not hard to guess one cause of the downward drift in consumption: According to the USDA, the average price of a pound of beef nearly doubled between 2002 and 2015 ($3.32 versus $6.29). One industry spokesperson dubbed hamburger “the new steak” and steak “the new Maserati.” Enter the Beef Checkoff program,...

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Butchery Basics: Know Where Your Steak Comes From

Butchery Basics: Know Where Your Steak Comes From

From our friends at Strauss Brands who provided the tasty beef for Project Smoke and masterfully answered What Is Grass-Fed Beef and What’s So Great About It? comes a helpful video on breaking down cuts of beef: https://youtu.be/3wC_4DR_A74 Porterhouse. And T-bone. Two of the most revered cuts among steak fanatics everywhere. Check out this video from Mark Goessl and Lori Dunn of Strauss Brands to learn the difference and how to cut...

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The New Cuts of Steak: Big Flavor, Merciful Price

The New Cuts of Steak: Big Flavor, Merciful Price

Photo by Rob Baas. "The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook."       —Julia Child Flat iron? Calotte? Teres major? Meet the new steaks, and don’t feel badly if you haven’t heard of them. A few years ago, the Beef Checkoff program teamed up with meat scientists from the University of Florida and the University of Nebraska to identify value cuts for consumers while minimizing “trim”—the bits that are ground into hamburger. They focused most of their efforts on...

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Eat Steak Like a Brazilian: Picanha, Part 2

Eat Steak Like a Brazilian: Picanha, Part 2

If Blake Carson has his way (make that when, not if), picanha—spit-roasted beef top sirloin, crusted with coarse salt and cooked over live fire—will become a household word in the U.S. The Memphis, Tennessee, native is evangelical when it comes to Brazilian barbecue. In fact, a lot of words beginning with the letter “e” apply to Blake. Enthusiastic. Entrepreneurial. Exuberant. Particularly when he talks about his from-scratch invention, the Carson Rodizio. He’s...

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Eat Steak Like a Brazilian: Picanha, Part 1

Eat Steak Like a Brazilian: Picanha, Part 1

While the world’s eyes are trained on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, I thought I’d acquaint you with one of Brazil’s most delectable grilled meats: picanha. Pronounced “pee-KHA-nyah” in Portuguese, this tender cut of beef is indisputably a carnivorous heaven on earth. Picanha (not “piranha,” Spellcheck, despite the Brazilian connection) is beef top sirloin with a thick cap of fat. It is sometimes called rump, rump cover, or coulotte. Not surprisingly,...

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Revealed: My Most Popular Burger Recipes

Revealed: My Most Popular Burger Recipes

Reprinted from The Barbecue! Bible. Photo copyright © Ben Fink. Independence Day is just around the corner, meaning millions of Americans will take to their backyards for a stars-and-stripes-themed barbecue. In fact, July Fourth is the number one grilling holiday, reports the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association (HPBA). And the most popular food for grilling—no surprise—is burgers. Eighty-five percent of the people polled by HPBA preferred burgers to hot dogs, chicken, and even steak. Booya! There is an art to grilling...

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How to Buy and Cook a Dry-Aged Steak

How to Buy and Cook a Dry-Aged Steak

What to Look for When Buying Dry-Aged Steaks Because dry-aged beef demands time, expertise, and specialized equipment, it can be tough to find. Few supermarkets carry dry-aged steaks or USDA Prime beef, making it near impossible for some Americans to get their hands on dry-aged beef from local retailers. Given the high costs associated with dry-aged beef, most consumers want to be sure that they’re getting the best. At Chicago Steak Company (which...

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Wet-Aging vs. Dry-Aging and How to Dry-Age Beef at Home

Wet-Aging vs. Dry-Aging and How to Dry-Age Beef at Home

If you’ve ever tasted a thick prime steak dry-aged 4 to 6 weeks, you’ve come pretty close to heaven on earth. One of the best dry-aged beef purveyors we know is Chicago Steak Company. We asked Chicago Steak CEO Matt Crowley to share his thoughts on the difference between dry- and wet-aged beef and how to dry-age beef at home. If you’ve bought a steak from a grocery store, there’s a good chance you’ve purchased a wet-aged steak. Unlike dry-aging,...

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a Pastrami Reuben

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a Pastrami Reuben

Photo by Rob Baas. Call me an iconoclast, but I believe there are better ways to celebrate the Feast of St. Patrick (March 17) than by emptying a vacuum-sealed pouch of corned beef brisket into a pot of boiling water with cabbage wedges. Even if you’re a homesick Irishman, it doesn’t sound like anything to, well, write home about. What is worth writing home about is a Reuben sandwich made with home-cured, home-smoked pastrami. But don’t take my word for it. Our grill wrangler/recipe tester,...

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Dry-Aged Beef: Worth the Wait

Dry-Aged Beef: Worth the Wait

Like cheese and fine wine, beef becomes better with age. That might seem counter-intuitive. After all, anyone who’s left a T-bone in the fridge a week too long knows that the results are, um, let’s say, less than pleasant. On the other hand, anyone who’s tasted a steakhouse-grade, dry-aged cut of USDA Prime ribeye knows the bold intermingling of savory, umami flavors that comes with skilled dry-aging. The difference can be so stark that for some steak lovers, the idea of eating unaged steak is akin to eating microwaved brisket....

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