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.
Most times when you think of Jalapeno poppers, you think of Jalapenos stuffed with cheese, then breaded and deep fried. Who does not love them as a party snack! These Jalapeno poppers are something else entirely. There are no breadcrumbs, there is no cheese, just loads of beef, bacon, Jalapeno, and flavor. I served these to the staff in the BBQ shop and they were blown away by not only the flavor combination, but how well the Jalapeno heat was smoothed out by the fat in the bacon and beef.
You have walked past it a hundred times in the grocery store and thought to yourself “that’s looks delicious, I wonder how you cook it?”. Beef finger meat is very alluring because of it’s rich fat content and price (hint: it’s cheap!). But what is it!? Beef Finger meat is the meat that exists between the bones of beef ribs. This fatty, juicy meat is typically cut away from the bones from the section of the ribs where there is not much meat on top of the bones. So think half way between the short plate ribs and the ribeye. Because beef rib meat is one of my favorite things to eat off a cow, I had to perfect a recipe for the beef finger meat to take advantage of the cheap price and not paying for the bone!
Picanha is one of the most sought-after cuts of meat in south America and Brazil specifically. This piece of steak comes from the top cap of the top sirloin. Often cooked rotisserie style over charcoal and then sliced on demand, it makes great steak, impressive service and is relatively easy to cook. Known for being delicious because of its tenderness and big rich fat cap, this steak is sure to impress when cooked properly.
When I go to restaurants, I usually order steak if it’s on the menu…. That is, unless there is also beef wellington on the menu. This is one of those dishes that is steak, but it is so much more than that. This rich buttery pastry wrapped steak will melt in your mouth and also provide a distinct crunch when it’s done right. It is the perfect combination of savoury with a little bit of sweetness. This dish was named after the first Duke of Wellington, but I think it’s a meal fit for a king or queen.
This Chili is sometimes called “Over the top chili” but I like calling it underneath Chili because the focus here is this Chili, not the giant meat ball that is over the top. They will work together to become an amazing pot of some of the best, smokiest, crispy meaty chilis you’ve ever had. So whether you call it underneath or over the top, get your taste buds ready for a savoury explosion of flavour. Special thanks to my friend Perry for introducing me to this recipe and providing the photograph!