Celebrating our 175th Anniversary: Spotlight on Evan Lobel

It’s no exaggeration to say that Evan Lobel grew up in the business. “After I learned to walk, my father put a knife in my hand and said, ‘Start cutting, son,’” says the fifth-generation butcher, whose father Leon began taking his young son to work at the Madison Avenue shop in the early 1960s.

Evan describes his father, who passed away in 2006, as his Superman. He was very strict and slowly brought Evan into the business by making sure he learned every aspect of the trade from sweeping the floors to working the cash register. This early training gave Evan a well-rounded approach and an understanding that no task was beneath him—he was expected to perform the work as well or better than any other employee.

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Leon & Evan Lobel

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Sweeten up Springtime with Grilled Desserts

Sweeten up Springtime with Grilled Desserts

In addition to soaking up sunshine, one of the best parts of springtime is heading outside and taking a deep breath of that fresh spring air–and then you smell it–someone in your neighborhood is grilling! It smells so wonderful–it makes you want to fire up your own grill right there on the spot.

And we’re all in favor of that. In fact, we think there’s hardly anything that can’t be made on the grill. Have you ever prepared your entire meal on the grill? Dinner, sides, and dessert? That’s right–even sweet, delicious desserts can be grilled.

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Beer Pairings You Have to Try for American Craft Beer Week!

Beer Pairings For American CraftBeer Week

American Craft Beer Week falls in May, and we look forward to it every year—nearly as much as we look forward to dusting off our grills and throwing a thick Porterhouse down over the flames!

As butchers who have practiced and honed our craft for five generations, we can appreciate the expertise, skill, and care that go into making a fine craft brew. We are passionate about cutting meat, sourcing the very best meat, and providing our customers with a peak dining experience. We feel that craft brewers are just as passionate about providing a delicious, high-quality, refreshing brew with every frothy glass.

Also, as cookbook authors and devoted home-cooks, we also love a great entrée and beverage pairing. We know how a fantastic meal can be elevated to new heights by a perfect pairing with a delicious microbrew—and vice versa.

So in honor of America’s craft brewers, grilling season, and great cuts of meat, we’ve put together some tantalizing pairings for American Craft Beer Week 2015 that you’ve really got to try!

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Spotlight on Lobel’s BBQ Sauce

This year, in celebration of our 175th anniversary, we’ve expanded our product offerings with the introduction of a new line of four all-natural, preservative-free seasonings and sauces for meats. The new products include Lobel’s BBQ Sauce, Lobel’s Dry Rub, Lobel’s Steak Sauce, and Lobel’s New York Marinade.

New Sauces and Seasonings

We’re shining a spotlight this month on Lobel’s BBQ Sauce. It’s a savory, not-too-sweet, tomato-based barbecue sauce for grilled, smoked and oven-roasted meats. Packaged in a classic 19.5-ounce bottle, Lobel’s BBQ Sauce is ideal for chicken, spare ribs, brisket, and other meats, and it can be used as a final glaze or as a dipping sauce.

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Cut of the Month: Wagyu Rib Cap

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.

This is what Florence Fabricant at The New York Times had to say about our Cut of the Month:

“Most of the time, wagyu, the densely marbled, ultra-tender Japanese-style beef, comes in premium steak cuts like strip loin and rib-eye… [Lobel’s] also has American wagyu rib-cap steaks to sear and slice on the bias like the flank steak but that are lusher still. The rib-cap meat is so rich that six of us could not finish a pound and a half of it.”

Wagyu Rib Cap

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Culinary Classic: Argentine Grilled Skirt Steak

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Gaucho Cuisine: Wood, Fire, and Skirt Steak

Argentines are mad about beef. As a nation, they consume more beef per capita than any other populace on the face of the earth. And among all cuts of beef, skirt steak is the hands-down favorite.
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Grilling Tools: Instant-Read Thermometer

A digital instant-read thermometer is the quickest and most accurate way to know the internal temperature of whatever you are cooking. And measuring the internal temperature is the most accurate way to know how “done” your food is.

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Celebrating our 175th Anniversary: Spotlight on Stanley Lobel

“Lobel’s is a one in a billion establishment. We will not disappoint our customers—we provide quality, quality, quality,” says Stanley Lobel, the company’s president who began working alongside his father, Morris, over 60 years ago.

The 78-year-old patriarch shows no sign of slowing down. And if he is not in the Madison Avenue shop cutting meat or giving out recipes, he is likely on the phone or out buying for the store.

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Stanley Lobel cutting meat for Lobel’s USDA Prime Steak Sandwiches at Lobel’s Carving Station in Yankee Stadium

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Cut of the Month: Boneless Rib Steak

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.

Rib steaks have long been ranked the most popular steak for grilling. Since Grilling Season is just getting started in most of the country, we’ve selected boneless rib steak as this month’s Cut of the Month.

Boneless Rib Steak

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Sausage in Profile: Hot Dogs

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.

Grilling season is finally here and you know what that means—time to throw the hot dogs on the grill! While you may have enjoyed a boiled or pan-fried hot dog during the long, cold winter, there’s almost nothing better than a hot dog fresh off the grill.

The hot dog has become synonymous with American traditions like baseball and backyard barbecues. So you might be surprised to learn that the hot dog actually has German roots.

Hot Dog
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