Category: Autumn

Welcome Fall: Discover the Family-Size Version of your Favorite Steak

Behind every great steak, chop, or cutlet, there’s an equally great roast.

And at this time of year, summertime grilling of individual cuts gives way to indoor preparation of larger meals for family and entertaining during the fall and winter.

So, if you want a sure-fire hit, take a look at where your grilling favorites come from and you’ll have a roast to please every palate.

For example, filet mignon are individual steaks cut from a whole tenderloin roast, or more specifically from the center of the tenderloin, called the chateaubriand. Strip steaks come from a whole shell, also called a strip-loin. Rib steaks come from the whole rib.

So chances are, if you have a favorite steak or chop, the roast from which it originates will likely become your favorite roast as well.

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Celebrate National Chili Month!

October is National Chili Month. Nothing is better on a crisp autumn day to chase the chills away than a big bowl of hearty chili.  Whether you go with beans or no beans, beef or chicken, mild or spicy, this comfort food favorite is guaranteed to warm you down to your toes.

In honor of National Chili Month, we’ve compiled all of our best chili resources to help you make the ultimate chili.


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Wedding & Anniversary Foodie Gift Guide

The wedding bells are ringing. Your foodie friends are tying the knot and we know the perfect gifts. Surprise them with an unexpected gift that will tantalize their taste buds and send them off into delicious wedded bliss.

Rather than relying on a registry, check out our list of decadent non-traditional wedding gifts and anniversary presents for all of the gourmands on your gift list.

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Culinary DIY: Dumplings

Dumplings are one half of the quintessential comfort food: chicken and dumplings. There’s a reason we’ve already written about it in our Culinary Classic: Chicken and Dumplings. Sure, you can have chicken soup without dumplings and you can certainly enjoy it that way, but once you add dumplings to soup, you really take it to the next level.

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Spice Up Thanksgiving: T-Roy Cooks Show You How

If you want to do Thanksgiving Cajun-style, Troy is the man for the job. In this video, T-Roy Cooks shows how to cook a Lobel’s All-Natural Thanksgiving Turkey on the grill—yes, that’s right, turkey on the grill.

But even if you aren’t into a Cajun-style bird, you can still use this tutorial. Simply skip the flavor injection step and Troy shows you how to grill your Thanksgiving turkey, bringing the flavor of smoke and flame to your holiday table.

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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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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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We’ve Got the Secret Ingredient for Your Greatest Homemade Chili

Tired of the same old chili and looking for a way to, well, spice things up a bit? No, we’re not talking about a new seasoning. We’re talking about trying a new cut of beef in your recipe.

Check out this great video from our friend Troy at T-Roy Cooks. He uses our USDA Prime Tri-Tip in his chili recipe. As you can see, he could barely keep the taste-tester’s spoons out of the pot!

Your family is sure to love it too, or your friends would go wild for it at a party for the big game! Ready to make your own? You can find our USDA Prime Tri-Tip right here.

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The Ultimate Tailgating Menu

Now that fall is here and football season is in full swing it’s time for tailgating. We’ve compiled the ultimate tailgating menu to help your tailgate go off without a hitch. There are many dishes that can be prepared before you even reach the parking lot, making the tailgating process much more manageable. Check out these recipes, fire up your portable grill, and get pumped for the big game!

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5 Fall Beer & Meat Pairings You Have to Try!

One of the things beer aficionados love is the change in seasons. Now that it’s October, we’re putting away our shandies and pilsners in favor of the heartier beers of autumn. Craft fall selections abound—and it’s not all pumpkin varieties! Some of the creative offerings we’ve seen include seasonal “harvest ales,” porters, brown ales, and even an autumn shandy.

Here is a sampling of what we’ve been tasting this fall and what we’re pairing it with from our Butcher Shop.

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