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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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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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Wagyu and Kobe Beef: Cutting Through the Udder Confusion

Wagyu and Kobe Beef: Cutting Through the Udder Confusion

Photo: Snake River Farms Kobe-Style Gold Grade Manhattan Filet. Unless you’ve been in a food coma for many years, you’ve likely heard of Kobe, the ultra-premium beef named after the capital city in Japan’s Hyogo prefecture. Kobe beef is renowned for its outrageous tracery of white intramuscular fat (called shimofuri, or “beautiful snow”), unctuous, buttery texture, and complex umami flavors. When raw, it resembles nothing so much as a red or pink...

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Biggest Baddest Beef Recipes: Beef Shoulder Clod

Biggest Baddest Beef Recipes: Beef Shoulder Clod

Barbecuers seem to give pork shoulder (a.k.a. Boston butt) all the love, ignoring its beef counterpart, shoulder clod. That’s a shame, because it’s easy to cook, drop-dead gorgeous to serve, and if you love beef, a slice of this tender, crusty, smoky meat will make you feel like you’ve died and gone to heaven. Get the recipe for Texas Clod (Barbecued Beef Shoulder). Haven’t heard of it? Clod is one of the sacred meats...

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Your Guide to Heritage Meats

Your Guide to Heritage Meats

Left two photos by Edsel Little via Creative Commons. Right photo by Jim Richardson. If you’re a fan of the TV show Portlandia, you’ll remember the first episode where Peter and Nance pepper a restaurant server with questions about the chicken they are about to order. The waitress obliges them with the chicken’s photo and curriculum vitae—the fowl’s name is “Colin”—and he was raised, we learn, on a farm just south of Portland. Peter and Nance put a hold on the table and excuse themselves to check...

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How to Choose the Best Ribeye (Cowboy) Steaks

How to Choose the Best Ribeye (Cowboy) Steaks

From our friends at Strauss Brands who brought us What Is Grass-Fed Beef and What’s So Great About It? and provided the beef for Project Smoke come two helpful videos on steak: Butchery 101: From 107 Rib to Cowboy Steak Americans love a great steak, and the ribeye is our king cut. Resident grass-fed beef experts Mark Goessl and Lori Dunn explain the fabrication of the beef rib primal cut into bone-in ribeye steaks or cowboy steaks. These...

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Extreme Grilling: Steak Six Ways

Extreme Grilling: Steak Six Ways

Photo by Forres Meadows. You’re a confident griller of steaks. You’ve mastered New York strips, you can handle flank steak, and on several occasions, have produced magazine centerfold-worthy porterhouses. Now it’s time to tackle extreme steak grilling: That means on a shovel, grilled over spruce branches, wrapped in hay, in a salt and cloth crust, on a pitchfork, and my favorite—grilled directly on the embers. For obvious reasons, we’re going to have to leave out steaks grilled over a trough of molten...

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10 Steps to the Perfect Burger

10 Steps to the Perfect Burger

May 28 is coming fast and you know what that means: National Hamburger Day. Not that anyone in this community needs inducement to put America’s favorite ground meat to the fire. The stats are in and not steak, not bratwurst, not ribs, but burgers top the list of our favorite foods on the grill for Memorial Day. So here’s the question: What constitutes the perfect burger? For me, it starts with a live fire (preferably wood) to produce a perfectly charred, deftly seasoned crust and a juicy interior that contrasts perfectly with a soft,...

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Home-Smoked Pastrami, Part 2

Home-Smoked Pastrami, Part 2

Photo by jeffreyw via Creative Commons. Recently we told you about the fascinating history of pastrami. (Hint—it involves camels, geese, and beef navels.) This time I’m going to reveal the 8 steps to pastrami nirvana, complete with my fail-proof recipe for pastrami you cook like barbecued brisket. The only other thing you need is mustard. The meat: The traditional cut for pastrami is beef navel—a rectangular muscle richly striated with fat from the underbelly of the steer and typically...

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What Is Grass-Fed Beef and What’s So Great About It?

What Is Grass-Fed Beef and What’s So Great About It?

Grass-fed beef. You hear the term more and more, not just at natural foods markets, but at a new generation of barbecue joints. So what exactly is grass-fed beef and how does it differ from conventional beef? Why should you consider buying it the next time you fire up your grill or smoker? Are there any special techniques you need to cook it? We interviewed Randy Strauss, who with his brother Tim, runs one of the nation’s foremost purveyors of grass-fed beef: Strauss Meats. What is Strauss’s background, and why do you raise grass-fed beef?...

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