Top 8 Cuts for Cooking Indoors or Out

It’s that time of year again–the transition between summer and fall. Some days there is perfect grilling weather, while other days are chilly, rainy, or windy. It makes it a little harder to plan meals when you’re not sure if you’ll be able to grill or if you’ll want to stay indoors.

There’s a solution to this conundrum and we call it “transitional cooking.” If you select cuts and recipes that can be cooked indoors or out, your menu will be ever-flexible and you’ll never get thrown off track by the weather.

To that end, we’ve put together a list of the best 8 cuts for transitional cooking. These versatile selections can be easily adapted to an indoor or outdoor menu. Take a look–is your favorite cut on the list?

Weber grill

Photo courtesy of Weber-Stephen Products


Spice Explorer: Za ‘atar


Do you find yourself using the same tired-and-true spices and herbs for seasoning the same dish 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 going to take you on a trip, a journey of palate-pleasing discoveries. Every culture has certain flavor characteristics that make its cuisine unique, distinctive, identifiable. Take for example garam masala, the foundation of Indian curries; 5-spice powder in Chinese dishes; togorashi in Japanese cuisine; or jerk seasoning in Jamaican cookery.

Inject your cooking with new life and new flavors from around the world by following Lobel’s Spice Explorer. Buckle up! Here we go!


Celebrating our 175th Anniversary: Remembering Previous Generations

Although Stanley Lobel never knew his grandfather Nathan, he describes how he slaughtered his own farm-raised steers and delivered cuts of meat to neighbors and residents in the town of Scharnitz, Austria, where Nathan grew up. Stanley’s grandfather was one of six children and along with being a farmer and butcher, he also served as mayor of his small European town in the late 1800s.

Morris Lobel

Morris Lobel


Culinary Classic: Spaghetti alla Carbonara

How can so many home cooks and restaurants bastardize one of the most fantastic and classic Roman pasta dishes as if it doesn’t matter?

Originally created from pantry staples for a fast, late-night meal, Spaghetti alla Carbonara is so sorely misinterpreted. It is difficult to find the real thing unless you make it yourself.



Love BBQ? This is the easiest & best BBQ you’ll ever taste!

Over the years, we’ve participated in a number of food and wine shows and events, and we’ve fed hundreds if not thousands of hungry foodies. The one thing we can serve to a big crowd that we know will be a show-stopper is our barbecued brisket.

In fact, here are some of the things we’ve overheard during tastings:

“My husband and I are from Texas, so we know brisket…  (Skeptically takes a bite.) Honey, come over here, you’ve got to try this!”

“You mean it will taste just like this when I make it at home? Oh, man!”

“Aw, the brisket is all gone? Can I lick the cutting board?”

That’s what we hear when we serve our competition-worthy BBQ that we hand-rubbed with seasonings, then spent hours and hours smoking, basting it with a mopping sauce all the while.

So what if you don’t have that kind of time? But you love BBQ? Welcome to Lobel’s BBQ Pit.


Spotlight on Lobel’s Dry Rub

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 Dry Rub.


Cut of the Month: St. Louis Ribs

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.

Unlike Memphis, Kansas City, Texas, and the Carolinas, St. Louis, MO, is not often mentioned in the same breath when listing the capitals of American Southern-style barbecue. But it does lend its name to one of the primary types of pork ribs.

Pork - St Louis Pork Ribs


Celebrating our 175th Anniversary: Remembering Leon Lobel

“Dad was the best butcher and teacher I ever had,” remembers Evan Lobel of his father Leon who passed away 10 years ago. Working together in the small 600-square-foot space was like a perfectly orchestrated dance—each would anticipate the other’s moves, and to this day Evan feels extremely lucky and grateful to have had so many memorable moments working so closely with his father.

Leon and Evan


Ask the Butcher: What’s Your Favorite Grilled Meal?

Summer is in full swing! The days are long and the weather is beautiful, which can only mean one thing—it’s officially cookout season! We asked the Lobels to tell us about their favorite grilled meals for backyard entertaining.


Grilled Pizza: You Might Never Want Store-Bought Again

“As American as apple pie” is often heard to convey our deep and abiding affection for a bakery staple that is symbolic of everything entwined with our national identity and patriotic pride.

But as history proves, apple pie isn’t originally American at all. And given the run of popularity, we could just as easily claim that another import tugs at Americans heart strings and palates: “As American as pizza pie.”



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