Smoked and Pulled Beef Chuck Tacos
I bought a chuck roast and cut the bottom portion into Denver steaks that were incredible! But now, I had the top portion that is usually ground up into hamburger to make incredible burgers, but I wanted to try something a little bit different. In honor of Cinco de Mayo, I thought it would be fun to make pulled beef tacos. I decided to treat the beef very similar to pulled pork, but instead of wrapping in foil, I wrapped it in a tray with some beef broth to really braise and break down the connective tissues a little more fully.
Smoked Pork Gyro on the Trompo King
Smoked Pork Gyro, Pork Shawarma, Pork Souvlaki, Pork on a stick, it doesn’t really matter what you call it, this recipe of stacked, marinated pork cooked over fire and stacked on pita with cheese and veggies is one of the most satisfying street meals you can get.
Wagyu Rib Cap Steaks
Rib cap steaks are one of the most decadent, fatty and delicious cuts of steak on a cow. This decadent morsel comes from the top of the Ribeye also referred to as the Spinalis. This is one of the most tender and flavorful pieces on a whole cow. I was very lucky to have been gifted 2 cap steaks by my friend Jeff Nonay of Lakeside Farmstead. They raise a breed of Wagyu called Wagyu X because it’s wagyu cattle crossed with Holstein cattle. I have been eating Jeff’s beef for a number of years and I have to say that it keeps getting better. His marbling percentages keep getting higher and every year it more closely resembles some of the full blood wagyu cattle that we import from the USA.
Smoked Sirloin Philly Cheesesteak
When I think of Philadelphia, I think of 2 things: The Eagles and Philly Cheesesteak. The Fresh Prince barely rings a bell compared to those 2 Philly icons. Here, we are not going to teach you about football, we are going to teach you how to nail the best sandwich in the world, the Philly Cheesesteak. I made this for the staff at You Need a BBQ for lunch last week, and they loved every bite of it. I made mine with sirloin, but you could use any cut of steak to make this work.
Grilled Beef Belly
Grilled Beef belly is also called beef plate or beef navel. Most often associated with being attached to beef plate ribs, there is a section of the beef belly that is not directly attached to the ribs, so it stands alone as a rare but highly sought-after cut of beef. I have had beef belly in Japanese restaurants where it is sliced thinly and then cooked over fire hot and fast and it was delicious. For this recipe, we prepare it very similar to how you would prepare a steak. We are going to slice the belly into 2“ strips and then cook them to be medium rare and then slice across the grain into bite size pieces.