Cut of the Month: Tri-Tip

The Lobel family of Lobel’s Prime Meats in Manhattan and Lobel’s of New York online butcher shop are fourth- and fifth-generation butchers. With our Cut of the Month series, we will bring you their wealth of knowledge and expertise on specific cuts of meat, including their unique characteristics, preparation methods, and how to select the best cut.

The beef tri-tip comes from the bottom sirloin in the hindquarter, between the top sirloin and flank, and weighs 1 ½ to 2 ½ pounds. The “tri” portion of its name is derived from the muscle’s triangular shape.

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Spice Explorer: Blackening Seasoning

Do you find yourself using the same spices and herbs over and over again? Want to get exotic? You don’t have to fly around the planet to get that experience. You can do it right in your own kitchen. With Spice Explorer, we’re taking you on a trip, a journey of palate-pleasing discoveries. Every culture has certain flavor characteristics that make its cuisine unique, distinctive, identifiable. Inject your cooking with new life and new flavors from around the world with Lobel’s Spice Explorer. Buckle up! Here we go!

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Blackening is an incendiary cooking technique that fuses spicy dry seasonings into a crispy, intensely flavored, buttery crust. It was originally used on fish, but the technique has been applied to all manner of meat, poultry, seafood, and vegetables.

The late and legendary Louisiana chef, Paul Prudhomme, invented the technique in the mid-80s, and rocked the food world for a loop that has rippled through popular food culture for more than 30 years.

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Culinary Classic: Beer-Can Chicken

The origins of Beer-Can Chicken are not clearly defined. But, at some point in the 1970s, drinking beer and eating barbecued chicken at college tailgate parties just wasn’t enough.

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Ask The Butcher: What’s the Best Way to Make Grilled Chicken?

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Don’t get us wrong, we love chicken cooked indoors, but it takes on a whole new dimension when it’s barbecued, grilled, or grill-roasted.

It’s one of the highlights we love most about summertime outdoor cooking because it delivers a wholly different range of flavors and aromas.

But there are myriad ways to prepare chicken on the grill—from unique and tasty marinades or spice rubs, to various cuts and cooking methods.

So we asked the Lobel family of butchers: what’s your favorite way to make chicken on the grill?

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Charcoal: Fueling Your Grill

No matter what you grill, barbecue, or smoke, pure, clean flavors should be your ultimate goal. And when you are using a charcoal-style grill, your choice of fuel has a dramatic impact on your flavor outcome.

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How To Grill the Perfect Steak

How To Grill the Perfect Steak

Do you know how to grill the perfect steak? Let America’s #1 family of butchers show you how using the indirect-heat method.

It’s a two-stage method of searing briefly over high direct heat to develop a crunchy, caramelized crust and then finishing over moderate heat to bring it up to the desired degree of doneness.

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Your Guide to Planning and Hosting the Ultimate Backyard Bash

July 4th is just around the corner! Will you be hosting a celebration for Independence Day?

We know how much planning and preparation goes into hosting a gathering of any size. To help ease the burden, we’ve compiled our best resources to help you plan and execute an amazing summer celebration.

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Chicken Wings: Grilling is Thrilling

Most people probably don’t know the name Teressa Bellissimo, but no doubt, they are familiar with the culinary phenomenon she created nearly 50 years ago: Buffalo chicken wings.

And after these many years and myriad variations, chicken wings of all types and flavors are a staple of pub fare and parties alike. Grilled chicken wings make a fabulous appetizer for a July 4 cookout.

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How To Grill The Perfect Steak

How To Grill the Perfect Steak

Do you know how to grill the perfect steak? Let America’s #1 family of butchers show you how using the indirect-heat method.

It’s a two-stage method of searing briefly over high direct heat to develop a crunchy, caramelized crust and then finishing over moderate heat to bring it up to the desired degree of doneness.

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Sausage in Profile: Linguica

While the concept of sausage is simple, thousands of variations can be found throughout the world.  Sausages can be fresh, cured, smoked, or cooked. They are made of beef, pork, veal, chicken, and more. And they can include myriad ingredients, from spices and herbs to fruits, vegetables, and cheeses—and even liquids such as beer, whiskey, or blood. Our “Sausage in Profile” series aims to introduce you to different types of sausage—their flavor profiles, histories, and uses—from familiar favorites to unique finds.

Linguica is a cured pork sausage that’s a second cousin to chorizo, the fiery Spanish sausage. Its flavor is shaped by liberal amounts of chile, red wine vinegar, and paprika.

According to Jean Anderson, author of Food of Portugal, the name of this sausage derives from the Portuguese word for tongue—língua—not because it contains tongue, but for its long, slender, red, tongue-like appearance.

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