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.

 

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Make Spicy Game Day Wild Game Chili!

Posted on January 29, 2015 by Don Roden | 1 comment

There are few things more crowd-friendly (and chef-friendly) than a one-pot chili. Toss in your ingredients and let it simmer all day — the longer it cooks, the more the flavors meld. It's the ultimate comfort food and a cinch for entertaining. There are a myriad of ways to make it, but why not do something a little special on Super Bowl Sunday?

Change it up this weekend by using wild game meats instead if the usual ground beef. The following recipe combines wild boar and bison. The resulting chili is rich with flavor and very lean. Finish it with your favorite toppings — avocado, shredded cheese, chopped raw onion and sour cream. It's a guaranteed touchdown!

WILD GAME CHILI 
Recipe from Primal Cuts: Cooking With America's Best Butchers by Chris Hughes of Broken Arrow Ranch, a premier supplier of high-quality wild game meats in South Texas.

Ingredients
2 pounds coarsely ground bison or venison
1 pound coarsely ground wild boar
2 tablespoons cooking oil
2 (12-ounce) can/bottle beer (try our Samuel Smith Organic Ale)
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 jalapeño pepper, seeds removed, finely chopped
2 (or to taste) chipotle peppers canned in adobo sauce, chopped, sauce reserved
1 tablespoon adobo sauce
1 tablespoon tomato paste
4 to 5 tablespoons chili powder (you can mix favorites, like ancho & cayenne but watch the heat)
4 tablespoons ground cumin seed
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons cornstarch (optional)

Directions
Combine the bison (venison) and boar meat. In a heavy pot with tight-fitting lid, heat cooking oil and brown meat in small batches, setting aside each batch as it is browned.

Return browned meat to pot, add ½ can of ale and cook covered over low heat for about 1 hour. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking, and add ale if the liquid evaporates.

While meat is cooking, chop the onion, garlic, jalapeño, and chipotle. To make a mild version, split jalapeño in half and remove seeds and internal membrane (responsible for most of a pepper’s “heat”) with a spoon before chopping. Leaving more of these makes the chili spicier.

Drain the pot’s juices into a skillet and sauté the onion, jalapeño, and garlic in the juices until onion is softened. Pour this mixture back into the pot with the meat and add adobo sauce and tomato paste.

Cook covered over low heat for 2-½ to 3 hours, stirring occasionally and adding more ale if needed. The chili should cook at a low simmer, not a boil.

Add chili powder, cumin seed, paprika, salt, and pepper, and adjust. (If you desire a thicker chili, make a slurry with 2 tablespoons cornstarch and a little water. Stir in the cornstarch mixture just before chili has finished cooking.) Serve over tamales or corn chips with cheese and sour cream.

 

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