Category: Recipes & Techniques

Gateway to Autumn: A Grilled Pork Roast Menu

The onset of fall never fails to skew our appetite to great pork dishes. But, we are so reluctant to let go of summer grilling, we look for that one last grand hurrah of the cooking-outdoors season.

Here’s a menu that will usher you gently into the changing seasons in the most delicious way. And, it’s designed to give you the option of cooking everything on the grill.

Why would you want to cook everything on the grill? Because everything tastes better when it’s been grilled!

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Welcome Early Fall with these 3 Hearty and Unusual Meals for the Grill

This time of the year often brings about a few challenges. The autumn weather is fast approaching, but you still have the desire to fire up the grill.

The days are slowly but surely getting shorter. Plus, back-to-school and busy schedules make for less time to prep and cook meals. Even so, you still want to enjoy a nice hearty dinner. To help, we’ve compiled three recipes for hearty meals you might not have known you could prepare on the grill.

These meals are perfect to ease your transition into fall!

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Cut of the Month: Boneless Pork Loin Chops

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.

Pork is a sweet, tender meat that has been eaten for more than 9,000 years. Hogs were domesticated long before sheep, goats, or cattle and so it is no small wonder that pork figures so prominently in most of the world’s great cuisines. In this country, we eat pork chops and pork tenderloin in larger quantities than other cuts of pork from the butcher shop.

This month’s Cut of the Month is a specific type of one of those American favorites: the boneless loin chop.

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Photo courtesy of National Pork Board. For more information about pork, visit PorkBeInspired.com.

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Culinary DIY: BBQ Sauce

A good barbecue sauce is a complex interplay of flavors, balanced among sweet, sour, salty, and savory.

Regional styles of barbecue sauces vary most in their sweetness. Starting in the east with Carolina barbecue, which is noted for its tart, vinegary emphasis. Mustard is another characteristic flavor of eastern barbecue sauce. The farther west you travel, barbecue sauce becomes thicker, more tomatoey, and sweeter.

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Culinary Classic: Pulled Pork

Rendering an otherwise tough pork shoulder into fall-apart bliss through hours upon hours of slow, low-temperature cooking is one way to elevate the humble to the exalted.

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Road-Tested, Foodie-Approved: You Must Try this 14-Hour Smoked Wagyu Brisket

Do you know the secret to the perfect barbequed brisket? Well, we can tell you.

It’s hand-rubbed with black pepper, marjoram, brown sugar, and a blend of herbs and seasonings. It’s bathed in a spicy, vinegary mopping sauce. It’s smoked low and slow for 14 hours or more over mesquite and apple wood.

And it’s unbelievably, melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

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Tea Smoking: Brewing Up Unique Smoke Flavors

If you’re into smoking foods, you’re probably familiar with the wide varieties of woods that are used to infuse unique flavors into various meats, poultry, and seafood. But when you take a look around the world at what materials are used for smoking food, you’ll find all manner of combustibles being called into service, ranging from grape vines to peat to compressed and dehydrated dung.

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Grilling Tools: Grilling Gloves

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the excitement of grilling! Especially when you’re preparing large cuts of meat, like brisket or a roast. You get so caught up in the process that you may throw the meat on the grill and not realize until after it’s started cooking that you haven’t quite planned how you are going to flip the meat or get it off the grill. This is why grilling gloves are a must-have in any grill master’s tool kit.


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Fanning the Flames: Choosing a Fire Starter for Grilling

The charcoal-grilled steak you’ve been craving all week long finally hits your plate hot and ready on a lazy Sunday afternoon. It’s your reward for five long days of earning a living, and it’s the inducement that eases you into another stint of hard labor in the coming days.

Imagine your disappointment when your first bite tastes like this beautiful piece of beef was French-dipped in jet-fuel before being served. The acrid flavor permeates the meat and obliterates every nuance of delicious beefiness that had you salivating just moments before.

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Grilled Corn: Lend Me Your Ear

Grilling corn on the cob imbues the tender kernels with incomparable flavors and aroma. The tastes of the sweet corn milk, smoke, and char take corn on the cob out of the usual. Add to that new combinations of toppings that can be spread, sprinkled, or poured and you’re into flavor territory that begs to be explored.

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