Our Top 5 Favorite Items to Throw on the Grill

Posted on May 26, 2016 by Don Roden | 0 comments

Summer officially kicks off this weekend. There's nothing more American (except Fourth of July) than Memorial Day Weekend when grills fire up across the country "from sea to shining sea." 

Around this time every year, more and more customers inquire about our favorite items to grill. We thought we'd put together a short list of our top 5 grilling picks. In no particular order, they are as follows:

1. Pork Ribs


Pork ribs are the ultimate BBQ staple. We carry both Baby Back and St. Louis Style ribs. Don't know the difference? Check out our previous article on the subject. To get pork ribs nice and tender, remember the two words "slow" and "low." Be patient and you will be rewarded with meat that is fall-off-the-bone delicious.

2. Custom Burger Blends

Up your flavor quotient by blending several different cuts together. The combinations are limitless. For more guidance on creating the juiciest burger ever, check out this article.

3. Ribeye Steak

Due to the ribeye's high-fat content, it is an amazingly rich and decadent cut of meat that grills up perfectly. We like them medium-rare and with nothing but a splash of olive oil and a generous sprinkling of salt. 

4. Berkshire Pork Chops

The Berkshire Pork Chops are the grand-daddy of all pork chops. They are heavily marbled and were bred especially for the King of England. Berkshire pork is renowned for its richness, texture, marbling, juiciness, tenderness and overall depth of flavor. These are sure to go over well at any cookout — just make sure your guests are worthy!

5. Bone-in, Skin-on Chicken Thighs & Breasts

Chicken, especially conventional chicken from the grocery store, can seem mundane and bland. But our local, free-range birds are a whole different story. They are flavorful, incredibly moist and easy to cook. We recommend marinating thighs and breasts overnight in our brand new, house-made Poblano Tomatillo Lemongrass marinade then tossing them on the grill. You'll love the zesty and bright flavor this mixture gives to the chicken.

Ask us about our wide selection of spices, rubs, marinades and sauces. We also carry all the grilling and Big Green Egg accessories you will need to kick-off the summer season with gusto!  

Posted in BBQ, Beef, Berkshire Pork, Big Green Egg, Butcher Shop Rubs, Chicken, Dizzy Pig, Free Range, Grass-Fed, Grilling, Local, Marinade, Pasture-Raised, Pork, Poultry, Ribs, Wagyu

Delight Your Valentine with these Perfect Pairings

Posted on February 09, 2016 by Don Roden | 0 comments

You and your Valentine make an outstanding couple. Likewise, the ingredients in the following recipes can certainly stand alone, but when brought together make for one stellar dish. 

STEAK + FOIS GRAS 
This is a marriage made in heaven between the richness of the fois gras and the savoriness of a perfectly cooked steak. You will not be disappointed. Try Hangar for a variation on the usual filet.

Tournedos Rossini from NYT Cooking


SCALLOPS + BACON
Sometimes the obvious choice is right under your nose. This pairing has been around forever, but is so simple we usually dismiss it. The sweetness of the scallops and the smokiness of the bacon were made for each other.

Bacon Wrapped Scallops from Primal Palate


CHICKEN + WINE
We know what you are thinking, "chicken for a special occasion?!" But you need to trust the French. The French know love. Slow braising a succulent, free-range chicken in a good red wine and brandy transforms this dish into something seriously seductive.

Coq au Vin from the Barefoot Contessa


FILET + LOBSTER
This pairing is a classic, like red lipstick and a crisp white dress shirt. This is by far our most popular order every Valentine's Day. Any why not? It's straightforward and luxurious, plus a breeze to prepare. Both the filet and lobster tail can be tossed on the grill and done in a jiffy. This is low-maintenance perfection.

To take this pairing to the next level, top both with a rich herbed butter.
Herbed Butter Recipe from the Kitchn


The Organic Butcher has everything you need to create the perfect Valentine dinner. We are happy to suggest wine pairings and have a wide selection of cheeses and chocolates.

Posted in aphrodisiac, Beef, Dinner, Filet, Free Range, Grass-Fed, Grilling, Holiday Items, langoustine, lobster, New York Strip Steak, Pasture-Raised, Recipes, scallops, Valentine's Day, Wagyu

Burgers: Create Your Own Custom Grinds for Super Bowl

Posted on January 30, 2016 by Don Roden | 0 comments

Super Bowl Sunday is a week away and while it's mostly about football, we know it's really about food. If you are planning a menu for the big day but have dismissed the idea of burgers as too boring, think again! Everyone loves a good burger when done right, i.e. juicy, beefy and flavorful. We'll let you in on a little secret — the key is in the blend of meats you use.

There are wonderful variations worth exploring when it comes to selecting which cuts of beef to use for your patties. By adding different cuts you can change the flavor profile of your burger in a myriad of ways.

The key to an extremely juicy burger is to create a grind with an overall protein-to-fat ratio of 70/30 for medium-rare to medium-well and 80/20 for rare. As long as you maintain this ratio, you can experiment to your heart's content.

Some of our favorite grinds include short rib, hangar steak, and sirloin. For a smokey flavor, try adding bacon. Ask us, we are happy to suggest some creative and flavorful combinations. 


One of the most famous burgers on the scene these days is from the Charleston, South Carolina restaurant Husk. There, Chef Sean Brock has blended chuck, flank steak and bacon for a mouth-watering — yet not overly fussy — cheeseburger. The recipe is below and a complete showstopper!

Husk's Famous Cheeseburger

Ingredients (makes enough for 10 cheeseburgers)

 For the special sauce

  • 1 3/4 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 1/4 cups yellow mustard
  • 5 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/2 cup Bread and Butter pickles, drained and cut into 1/8-inch dice
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeños, drained and cut into 1/8-inch dice
  •  grated zest (use a Microplane) and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  •  Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons pepper vinegar

 For the cheeseburgers

  • Custom grind of 1 (3-pound) fresh boneless chuck roast, 12 ounces fresh flank steak and 3 ounces bacon
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 10 burger buns, preferably potato rolls
  • 1 cup white onion, shaved
  • 20 slices American cheese
  • 50 Bread and Butter pickles

 

Directions

For the sauce:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large container and stir together to blend well.
  2. Cover and refrigerate. (Tightly covered, the sauce will keep for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.)

For the cheeseburgers:

  1. Portion the meat mixture into twenty 3-ounce patties, about 1/2-inch thick (each burger gets 2 patties).
  2. If not cooking right away, arrange on a baking sheet, cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate. (The patties can be refrigerated for up to 1 day. Remove from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before you’re ready to cook; it’s important that the patties are not ice-cold when they hit the hot pan.)
  3. Generously butter the tops and bottoms of the buns.
  4. Toast on a griddle until nice and golden brown. Reserve.
  5. Heat grill or two 12-inch cast-iron skillets until as hot as possible.
  6. Divide the patties between the two hot pans.
  7. When the patties are nice and charred, about 2 minutes, flip them over and cook to desired doneness.
  8. Place the onion slices on 10 of the patties.
  9. Place a slice of the cheese on all of the patties and allow it to melt, about 30 seconds.
  10. Stack the non-onion patties on top of the onion patties. Remove from the heat.
  11. Smear both sides of the buns with special sauce.
  12. Place 5 pickles on the bottom half of each bun. Add the burger patties and top with the top halves of the buns. Serve at once.

 

Posted in Beef, Big Green Egg, Brisket, Flank Steak, Grass-Fed, Grilling, New York Strip Steak, Pasture-Raised, Recipes, Super Bowl, Wagyu

Lacking Ideas for Labor Day? Let Us Help!

Posted on September 02, 2015 by Don Roden | 0 comments

Labor Day is fast approaching and if you're anything like us, your weekend is packed with get-togethers, parties and plenty of opportunities to flex your culinary muscle. If inspiration hasn't struck yet, here is a list of ideas to get you motivated. Whether you're into smoking, grilling or slow-cooking, we've got you covered.

It's a busy week, be sure to call ahead to place your order.

Labor Day Items

  • Berkshire Pork Baby Back or St. Louis-Style Ribs
  • Berkshire Pork Shoulder

  • Brisket - whole packer cut for smoker
  • Whole Fish - wild-caught Red Snapper, Bronzino
  • Bone in Chicken Breast and Thighs
  • Waygu Hot Dogs
  • Bison Hot Dogs
  • Sausages - Wild Boar, Green, Bratwurst, Lamb Merguez

 

  • Too many great steaks to list here!
  • A wide variety of spice rubs and sauces

 

And don't forget about our great selection of wine and beer.

Happy cooking!

Posted in BBQ, Beef, Berkshire Pork, Big Green Egg, Bison, Boar, Brisket, Dizzy Pig, Gluten-Free, Grass-Fed, Grilling, Organic, Paleo, Pasture-Raised, Pork, Sausages, Wine

Grilled Berkshire Heritage Pork Chops: Extremely Flavorful & Full of Fat (in a good way!)

Posted on May 01, 2015 by Don Roden | 0 comments

Tired of chicken breast for dinner but not in the mood for red meat? Throw our Berkshire Heritage pork chops on the grill for an easy, but over-the-top delicious meal.

Berkshire pork is a heritage breed of pig, which was discovered over 300 years ago in Berkshire County in the United Kingdom. Berkshire pork is renowned for its richness, texture, marbling, juiciness, tenderness and overall depth of flavor. It is thought by many to be the Kobe beef of pork. It is said to have a very specific taste, not generic and bland or mild like regular pork.

Berkshire pork is a richer pink, almost red color and heavily marbled. They were specially bred for the King of England for his own personal meat supply, because of the excellence in the meat.

To take this pork to the next level, rub both sides with our Butcher Shop Steak Rub. For medium-thick pork chops sear both sides of the chops briefly over high heat to get a nice crust and then move them to an area of less intense heat, cover the grill, and let them cook through.  Or leave a little pink inside for the perfect chop.

 Served with an arugula salad and a nice vinaigrette, and you've got yourself a meal fit for a king!

Posted in Berkshire Pork, Butcher Shop Rubs, Cooking Instructions, Dinner, Gluten-Free, Grilling, Organic, Paleo, Pork

Grilled, Butterflied Chicken — It's What's For Dinner.

Posted on April 24, 2015 by Don Roden | 0 comments

A butterflied (or spatchcocked) chicken is simply one that has had it's backbone removed and has been split open. Butterflying a chicken cuts down on cooking time, allows the meat to cook more evenly and exposes more skin, which crisps up nicely at higher temperatures.

We are happy to butterfly our free-range and organic chickens upon request. We recommend seasoning the chicken with one of our Dizzy Pig rubs or our newest product, Amola Bacon Salt. 

Once seasoned, place on grill breast side down over flames at 350 degrees for ten minutes, flip and cook an additional 30-40 minutes over indirect heat.  If cooking on the Big Green Egg we recommend smoking chicken over indirect heat at 250 degrees for about an hour and a half. 

Try Dizzy Pig rubs on all sorts of meats. They are particularly amazing on chicken and are gluten- and MSG-free. 

We are very excited to offer Amola Bacon Salt. Amola produces globally inspired infused salts. Their Bacon Salt is made with real heritage breed pork for a pure and intense flavor. Try it on chicken, popcorn, eggs, sautéed green vegetables or anything else you want to add that smoky bacon goodness too. It is especially good with dark chocolate. Let us know what you think!

Posted in Bacon Salt, BBQ, Big Green Egg, Chicken, Cooking Instructions, Dinner, Dizzy Pig, Free Range, Gluten-Free, Grilling, New Products, Organic, Paleo

Wild King Salmon is back in Season!

Posted on March 31, 2015 by Don Roden | 0 comments

Freshly caught Wild King Salmon is arriving this week at The Organic Butcher! We're receiving shipments from the cold ocean waters of Alaska as well as the raging Columbia River in Oregon. Wild Alaskan Salmon are troll caught in the open ocean by a hook and line and quickly brought on board to maintain the natural beauty of the fish.
In the Columbia River, Salmon have been feeding heavily and moving fast to spawn, yielding a meaty and delicious tasting fish. Salmon from both regions are firm, perfect in color and have a good fat content. We will be custom cutting whole salmon and will try our best to keep a good supply on hand. Feel free to call us to check availability.
Grill, pan-fry, smoke or eat this fish raw (like we do in the store!). Seafood lovers and foodies know the first catch of the year is the most desirable. Because of this, prices are high now as usual with the opening of the season but should soften within a couple of weeks.
The high quality of this salmon is excellent as sashimi.

Recipe Suggestion: SIMPLE GRILLED SALMON from Primal Palate The simple marinade for this salmon is our go-to marinade for chicken, fish, or shrimp. It is also fantastic over lamb, and would pair well with pork as well. The lemon in this marinade brings fresh flavor to the deep aromas of the basil and oregano. 

Ingredients
1 lb. Wild Caught Salmon Filet
1 tsp dried Basil
1 tsp dried Oregano
1 tsp Black Pepper
1 tsp Salt
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1 Lemon, juiced

Rinse salmon under cold water, pat dry with a paper towel, and cut into 4 equal-sized portions.

In a glass jar, combine olive oil, fresh lemon juice, garlic, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper. Seal jar and shake vigorously to combine.

Place salmon in a container to marinate, pour marinade over salmon, and toss to ensure the salmon is fully coated in the marinade. Marinate in the refrigerator for up to 1 hour prior to grilling.

Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Grill salmon 4 minutes a side over medium-high heat until medium rare.

Posted in Dinner, Fish, Grilling, New Products, Recipes, Salmon, Seafood