Category: Beef

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?

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Photo courtesy of Weber-Stephen Products

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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.

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What’s Your Steak Personality?

In the butcher shop, we’re often asked, “What’s your best steak?” or “Which steak should I give as a gift?”

They seem like simple questions, but aren’t so simple to answer. To be honest, when it comes to USDA Prime, Natural Prime, and American Wagyu Beef, every steak is a great steak.

Plus, everyone has their own favorite qualities in a steak. Do you prefer a steak that’s tender in texture and mild in flavor? Or bursting with beefy flavor and toothsome texture? Do prefer the nutty richness of a dry-aged steak? Do like the ease of a boneless cut or the added flavor of a bone-in selection?

And when selecting a steak, it comes down to this: What’s your steak personality? (more…)

Not your Ordinary Burger

Not Your Ordinary Burger

Of course, starting with Lobel’s Ground Beef is the shortest route to an unforgettable burger. But the way you top it, stuff it, or spice it makes that burger uniquely yours—your signature recipe for the indelibly incredible homemade burger. (more…)

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.”

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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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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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Culinary Classic: Meat Pies

It’s said that the word pie comes from magpie, a type of bird known for collecting and hording small items. In that way, a pie can be thought of as a collection of ingredients, secreted away inside a crust.

A pie is technically a dish with a baked filling topped with a crust. The top crust is usually pastry but can be another topping, such as biscuit or mashed potato (as in a shepherd’s pie).

Traditionally a pie, whether savory or sweet, has just a top crust. However, it can have a bottom crust, as in most American-style pies. And on the other hand, in Britain a sweet filling baked in just a shallow bottom crust is called a tart.

But our interest lies in those all-in-one meals, those warm-you-to-your-toes dishes, those comfort-food favorites: savory meat pies.

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Grilled Pork Hand Pie. Photo courtesy of the National Pork Board. For more information visit porkbeinspired.com.

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3 Delicious Recipes to Celebrate Spring Holidays

Spring is almost here! We see the tell-tale signs—the weather is getting warmer, the foliage is getting greener, and it’s almost time for Easter and Passover. The most memorable way to celebrate these spring holidays is with family, friends, and great food. We’ve compiled 3 great recipes for oh-so-perfect springtime dishes for your holiday feasts.

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Bone-In Hip Sirloin: Big, Bold & Beefy

Sirloin is right up there among the most popular steaks cuts, second only in most peoples’ preference to filet mignon, rib steak, or strip steak. While it is inherently big on beefy flavor and tenderness, sirloin’s general availability nowadays is limited to cuts from which the bone has been removed. And as everyone should know, bone-in beef has more flavor than boneless beef.

Wagyu Bone In Hip Steak

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