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  • A Pork Butt Is Not a Butt

    A pork butt is not a butt. It’s a pork shoulder. So is a Boston butt. Why would any cut of meat have such a confusing name? Read on.
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  • About Our Meat

    Not every customer who walks through our doors knows all about our meat. Here’s why we exclusively sell pastured local meat — and how best to cook it.
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  • Adult Hot Pockets

    Sometimes we don’t motivate to make things that look labor intensive, even if we want to. Like hand pies aka adult hot pockets. But when one of our staff members did and posted the results to Instagram, we asked for the recipe. Turns out, hot pockets are pretty easy to make. Here’s how.
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  • Beef Primals Primer

    Do you know which of the four primals that make up a steer’s carcass contains the most ground beef? Or which one contains the money meat? Read on.
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  • Brining 101

    Brining is a great thing for any home cook to do; it keeps meat moist. All it takes is a simple ratio of water, salt, and sugar — and time. Here’s how to brine meat.
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  • Cook the Perfect Steak

    Grilling may be fun, but it’s perhaps the quickest way to ruin a steak. The best way to cook a perfect steak is to pan-sear it and finish it in the oven.
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  • Cross Cut Short Ribs Are Easy to Make

    Cross cut short ribs have grown in popularity in recent years, with good reason. They’re super flavorful, plus fun to chew on.
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  • Frozen Pork Roast Surprise

    Josh Applestone swears you can cook un-defrosted frozen meat. Our staff is testing his theory. Turns out he’s right! A frozen pork loin in a pressure cooker is great — and it’s so simple and quick that it makes a roast a possible weekday meal.
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  • How to Cook Frozen Meat

    Most people assume the best way to cook something that has been frozen is to defrost it first. Not so fast!
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  • How to Grill Everything

    So you want to learn how to grill? Here are a few things to consider on your way to become an expert at the grill — gas or charcoal.
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  • How to Make Pork Rib Tips

    Sometimes you see something in the vending machines and don’t purchase because you’re not really sure what to do with them. We’ve all been there. Take pork rib tips. Maybe you know how to make ribs, but pork rib tips? What are those?
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  • How to Make Roast Beef

    A perfect roast beef is a thing of beauty. It’s simple, economical, and delicious. Here’s how to make one. All you need is an eye round.
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  • How to Make Sausage

    Sausage is always popular in our vending machines — and we get why. Ever wanted to learn how to make your own sausage? Here’s how.
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  • How to Smoke on a Charcoal Grill

    If you’re a fan of smoked meat, but don’t have access to a smoker, no problem! Here’s how to smoke all the meats on a charcoal grill.
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  • How to Tie a Roast

    Not everyone knows how to tie a roast. But if you can tie your shoes, you can tie a roast. Our foolproof instructions, from The Butcher’s Guide to Well-Raised Meat.
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  • How to Use Applestone Vending Machines

    Want to know how to use an Applestone vending machine? Watch this short video and you’ll be an expert.
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  • Julia Turshen’s Pork Shoulder

    Cookbook author Julia Turshen made this pork shoulder with our meat and tagged us on Instagram — to our delight. We reached out to ask her how she cooked it. Here’s how.
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  • Julie Taboulie’s Baby Okra, Lamb, and Tomato Stew

    The savory combination of aromatic lamb, rich tomato sauce, and baby okra cooked to perfection is the most wonderful…
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  • Justin Brunson’s Cheese Steak

    Cheese steaks tend to be something people eat out at a favorite spot. But you can and should make them at home. Here’s our friend chef Justin Brunson’s cheese steak, which he makes in Denver, not Philly.
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  • Lamb on the Grill

    Grilling is the best way to cook lamb, a fatty meat, no matter the season. All you need is salt, pepper, and olive oil. Or try this Indian-style rub.
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