How Much Do We Know About the Various Meat Cuts on the Market?

I thought this week we could cover some of the more popular meat cuts that we see in the store. I know when I shop I sometimes find myself overwhelmed when it comes to beef, then just end up buying chicken instead. Here is a great breakdown of those more common cuts and how to marinate, cook and serve them.beef

 

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1) TOP ROUND
(AKA London broil)
Very lean with mild flavor; dense and slightly chewy.
Inexpensive with no fat to trim off, so more meat for your money; even shape makes it easy to slice thin.
Marinating will tenderize the meat.
Best served rare to medium (overcooking will turn this cut into leather).
Must be carved very thin, against the grain.
Great cold for sandwiches.
“Best Buy”

2) RIB EYE
(AKA Delmonico steak)
Naturally tender cut cooks up juicy, with a rich flavor of caramelized meat.
Can be sold bone-in for rib lovers and for a more dramatic presentation.
Lots of marbling makes it self-basting.
These steaks are pricey, so look for ones with a large “eye” and less surrounding fat.

3) FILET MIGNON
(AKA tenderloin steak)
Its mild flavor and tenderness make it the perfect canvas for a starring sauce.
Expensive, but unlike other cuts, it doesn?t need to be trimmed and doesn?t shrink much during cooking.
Avoid acidic marinades — they’ll deteriorate the fine grain and make the meat mealy.
Best eaten rare to medium.
Lean and tender enough to be eaten cold.
Skip the steak knife — it cuts like butter!

4) T-BONE
Nothing says “steakhouse” like a T-bone. Great for steak lovers who eat with their eyes first.
Combines two contrasting cuts in one sitting — part of the delicate tenderloin and robust, juicy strip.
The bone adds flavor and seals in juices.
Perfect for carnivores who feel the meat’s just a vehicle for getting to gnaw on the bone.

5) SKIRT STEAK
(AKA fajita steak)
Good bang for your buck — juicy and flavorful; quick-cooking and versatile.
Firm, accordion-like grain soaks up dry rubs and marinades.
Best served rare to medium-rare. Anything more toughens the meat.
“Best Buy”

6) STRIP LOIN
(AKA strip steak; New York strip steak; shell steak)
A beef-lover’s steak — you can really taste the steer.
A trophy cut — tenderness, succulence and a satisfying chew.
Low maintenance: cooks evenly, ideal for a variety of cooking methods (grilling, broiling and pan-roasting).
Serve rare or medium-rare: This cut turns mealy when overcooked.
“Best Buy”

 

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How to build an outdoor kitchen step-by-step

An outdoor kitchen is a hot addition to any backyard – no pun intended. Get started with a basic open-air dining space. Now that you have the grill, what’s next? First of all, add a space for food prep. This essential cooking area can be built by stacking up blocks, then top it off with a stone counter.

To avoid the hassle of going to your indoor kitchen multiple times when eating outdoors, add a water supply and some sort of storage to your barbecue island. For a tight budget, install a sink that hooks up to a garden hose and drains into the ground. For a more permanent solution, buy a regular sink that runs cold water; hot water and a dishwasher are a plus. Regarding the storage space, spend a few bucks on a shelf that keeps plates and cooking utensils right where they’re needed.

Now that you’re done with the cooking basic equipment, you need light. Grilling in the dark can be tricky and dangerous. If you’re looking for something temporary and low-cost, go for a battery-operated lamp. Although the best choice is to add task lighting, which is more expensive but it gives the option of outlets for appliances.

Sun has no mercy. Hot weather and a grill together can be unbearable, especially for the cook. Provide shelter in your open kitchen. Building a roof can put your bank account on the low, so a pergola does the trick.

There you go! Now you know how to build an outdoor kitchen step-by-step, call your friends for a cookout in your new wallet-friendly five-star entertainment space.

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Outdoor Kitchen Layouts

Once you’ve chosen the area where your outdoor kitchen will be built, it’s time to choose the layout. Budget, space and use determine the barbecue island’s layout. It is also important to settle on a layout that’s both convenient to work in and looks good.

If you’re planning to spend little time and money on the outdoor kitchen, go for a basic barbecue island that clusters the grill and all appliances in one central unit. Since this design is small and only for one person to work in at a time, consider raising one side of the countertop to separate the cooking and socializing areas.

For the more frequent outdoor cooking, build an L-shaped kitchen. This layout provides two separate areas for cooking and preparing food. At the base of the “L” the grill and some undercounter storage are available, while counterspace and stool seating is found on the vertical side.

Professionals of grilling prefer separating areas for cooking, preparing and eating food. If you want to build the ultimate outdoor entertaining hub, the U-shaped kitchen layout may be for you. This design mimics most indoor kitchens and is very convenient for those who have a generous budget.

Remember to always have in mind your site, the amount of space you have to work with, your cooking style, and your budget before getting carried away by a beautifully designed kitchen that may not suit your needs. Now that you have settled on a layout, go have fun building your own barbecue island!

Taking proper care of your grill

Winter has officially arrived and below freezing temperatures keeps the least adventurous away from their outdoor kitchens. If you’re ready to store your tongs, follow these steps to take good care of your grill until it’s warm enough for another cookout.

First of all, clean your grill thoroughly by letting it run on high heat until all the food is burned off of the grill. This will take about 20 minutes, then let it cool down. Grab a wire grill brush afterwards and scrape all of the leftover food off of the grill grates. When the grill has cooled, use soapy or oven cleaner to help with the tough spots. After you’re done, make sure to rinse the grates off with water to remove any soap residue.

Now it’s time to clean inside the BBQ grill. Remove the grates and dig in. Replace the lava rocks if needed.

To get rid of dirt on the outside of the grill, take a damp cloth with hot soapy water. For stubborn dirt you can use cleaners, but always be careful of using abrasive chemicals that’ll ruin the paint of your grill. Remember to clean the grill cover as well.

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Now that your BBQ is off duty, take the time to fix handles, temperature gauges, cracked hoses, replace burners or any part that needs to be taken care of.

A good cover is the key to keep your grill safe from the damage caused by rain, snow, dirt, etc. If your current cover has tears, buy a new one; you’d rather spend on a new cover than on a new grill. Before storing or covering your grill, make sure both the grill and cover are completely dry.

Taking proper care of your grill, especially during the winter months, will provide years of extra life to the grill and ensure many seasons of delicious BBQ!

Choosing cabinets, countertops and flooring for your outdoor kitchen

Designing an outdoor kitchen is not only about choosing the perfect grill; cabinets, countertops and flooring are also decisive when building a BBQ island. Finding the style and material that suits your needs is no easy task since there’s a wide range of possibilities. To help you make the right choice, always have in mind the four basic principles: durability, safety, budget, and style.

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When it comes to cabinets, water-resistance is a must. Your best options are stainless steel, polymer, and teak. Stainless steel is durable, weatherproof, and usually will match your grill. Polymer is a good choice, as well. This material is normally easy to hose down and UV-resistant. While teak cabinets will certainly look good, they must be sealed and resealed regularly with a waterproof finish.

When choosing outdoor kitchen countertops your priority should always be durability first. Remember the surface adjacent to the grill and sink must resist both the cooking and the elements. Select a material that will suit the style of your house and your cooking style. Go for natural stone, concrete or tile. If choosing stone, keep in mind porous stones like marble, limestone, bluestone, and soapstone stain easily and darker stones will absorb heat. Granite is your best bet. If you like concrete better, just make sure that it’s installed properly or it’ll be prone to cracking. To prevent cracks, concrete must be sealed on installation and resealed regularly. If you’re on a tight budget, tile is an affordable, easy DIY surfacing material.

Choosing a material for your outdoor kitchen’s floor can be tricky. Since it’ll take a lot of traffic, food, and water and sun it must be both durable and safe. Avoid glazed or porous tiles and stone since they can be slippery when wet. Concrete is the most popular choice; it’s long lasting, slip resistant, and versatile. In terms of style, concrete can be colored and finished for a wide range of looks. This material besides affordable, it is also safe. Tile is cheap and looks good as well. If stone is your thing, your best budget bets are sandstone, limestone, slate and marble. But consider stone can absorb oily stains, and it’s expensive. Affordable and available in many different styles, tile can be an attractive choice for an outdoor kitchen floor.

A dream outdoor kitchen should be stylish, long lasting, and low-maintenance. For all surfaces select materials that suit the style of your house and your cooking style. When you find the right ones, you’ll be halfway of having the perfect BBQ island in your backyard.

Budgeting Your Outdoor Kitchen

Building the outdoor kitchen you’ve wanted to add to your backyard since you moved to your current house is certainly a dream come true for many, but it might not be that dreamy when getting down to the numbers. Before making it a wallet buster project, set an amount of money you have to spend and then find a balance between what you want and what you can afford. Once you’ve figured it out, take 10 to 15 percent off the top of the total amount; this is your contingency fund, in case you’re confronted with unforeseen issues.

The amount you invest in the project should be proportionate to how much you’ll use the space. If you live in a warmer area, you’re more likely to use the outdoor kitchen more often than if you’re located in a cold-weather city. Also, you won’t want to spend lots of money in expensive equipment and accessories if all you’ll grill is casual meals for a small family or group of friends.

The grill is the one item you want to splurge on, so buy the best grill you can afford in terms of durability and performance. If you have to choose among other accessories, put your money on a sink and a refrigerator since they’re both very convenient. You can live without an oven, a dishwasher, and other equipment you can find in your main kitchen.

Remember any addition to your home is an investment, especially at resale. Although outdoor kitchens are attractive, they’re usually not a priority for buyers, so don’t improve far beyond the level of the neighborhood. Also consider that it is always cheaper to build it yourself than to buy those pre-built bundles. Now that you know how to create the perfect, affordable outdoor kitchen you love and can live with, go shopping!

Gas or Charcoal? How to choose your grill

We all know choosing a grill is a hard decision to make when adding an outdoor kitchen to your backyard. Since it’s the most important feature of a barbecue island and you’re spending a big chunk of your budget on it, don’t rush into buying a grill. Your priority should always be durability and cooking habits when deciding which grill is right for you.

If you’re an amateur and want to keep your barbecue parties casual, a gas grill is your best bet. Gas grills are convenient and easy to use. They work pretty similar to an electric stove; it only takes the push of a button to ignite them and the turn of a knob to control temperature, but they’re not ideal for slow-cooked barbecue.

On the other hand, if you like that delicious smoky flavor in your food, go for a charcoal grill. Take into consideration it takes time and dedication to control the temperature and that you’ll be left with ashes at the end of your barbecue.

Most grills are made from cast aluminum, sheet metal, cast iron or stainless steel. Even though stainless steel is the priciest option, it definitely is the best choice in terms of durability. Keep in mind a grill is an investment; if you choose a cheap version, you’ll end up spending more money in the long run replacing it, especially if it is built-in.

Go big or keep it simple? If you’re planning to cook for a crowd, buy a large grill with multiple burners. If you want to feed only a few people, a smaller surface with three burners will do the trick.

So which type to choose, Gas or Charcoal? Go for a gas grill for everyday grilling, and a charcoal model for more occasional barbecuing. Or if you have a larger budget, look for a grill that offers both options in one unit.

Determining your BBQ island size

Building a BBQ island in your backyard is a decision that must be planned thoroughly, since it’s a permanent addition to your house that will increase its value. Therefore, applying good kitchen design principles is a must. The most important factor to consider is space. Not accounting for adequate space is the second most common design mistake made by amateurs.

Now, the first question that pops into your mind is “How big my BBQ island should be?” To determine the ideal size of your outdoor kitchen, think about the distribution of its zones. For a kitchen to be fully functional, it will need spaces designed specifically for food preparation and cooking, and for dining and socializing. All areas must complement each other, working together effectively in proper proximity, each with enough space.

Outdoor kitchens have four zones: the hot zone (grills, side burners, and pizza ovens), the cold zone (refrigerators, ice bins, and wine chillers), the wet zone (sinks, beverage tubs, and any other water appliances), and the dry zone (prep areas, counters, and storage). The hot and dry zones are essential in every BBQ island, while the cold and wet zones will be found in larger designs.

In order to determine the size of your new BBQ island, decide on the amenities you will buy. Basically, your amenities list will most likely include a grill, a side burner, a sink, and a refrigerator. Be sure to plan for at least 16 inches of countertop space between each amenity and keep in mind there should always be open areas to the left and right sides of a grill and sink.

Now that you know how to design a fully functional outdoor kitchen, go ahead and do some BBQ shopping!