FarmEats; BBQ Grass Fed Beef Pot Roast!

FarmEats; BBQ Grass Fed Beef Pot Roast!

FarmEats BBQ Grass Fed Beef Pot Roast

Who ever said you can't BBQ a grass fed beef pot roast?

The other day, I fired up my Big Green Egg smoker and put 2 FarmEats grass fed beef pot roasts on the rack (dry rubbed salt and peppa -left overnight).


After the BGE hit 250 degrees, I adjusted the vents and let the smoke and warm air do the work for about 6 hours.  By then, the roast's internal temperature reached about 175, so I wrapped the roasts in aluminum foil, and poured in beef stock.  After another hour or so, the internal temperature hit 190s, so I pulled the roasts.  


I brought the pot roasts into the house, and cut them thin against the grain. 
They turned out so nice and soft, very tender- smoked beefy goodness! 

The left overs were even better!

FarmEats Wacky Weather Chili!

FarmEats Wacky Weather Chili!

FarmEats Grass Fed Beef Chili

FarmEats Wacky Weather Chili!

One day we get a Polar Vortex, next it feels like Spring! 
These sort of Wacky Weather days, call out for a nice rich and nourishing bowl of FarmEats Grass Fed Beef Chili! 
What I love about chili is that it is relatively easy to make, can use all sorts of different ingredients, and cooks slow and low to meld those different ingredients into a cohesive chili!  

The other day we got out our 9 quart Cuisinart Dutch Oven and sautéed 2 chopped onions and garlic in olive oil.  I added in dried spices; Mexican chili powder and smoked Spanish paprika and mixed them into the sautéed onions with some beef stock to bring out the flavors.  

The biggest issue with making chili at this time of year, is that we don't have any fresh- decent tomatoes (yeah next year I will jar up those summertime farmers market tomatoes).  I have tried all sorts of different tomato options -mealy gassed supermarket, vine ripened ones, jared tomato sauce, paste, San Marzano canned, etc., and have found that Pomi chopped tomatoes are the real deal.  It is a box of pure chopped tomatoes that taste as close as possible to summer.

I pour in 2 boxes of Pomi into the mix, and simmer.  You can add in a touch of beer/wine and sea salt.  Next, I mix in 2 pounds of FarmEats 100% grass fed ground beef, and continue to simmer.  While simmering, chop up some root veggies; carrots, turnips, rutabaga, (whatever root veggies that will add an interesting flavor balance to the chili) and add to the mix.  Let simmer for a couple of hours (slow and low) stirring occasionally to prevent it from burning.  Taste the chili, add in more chili powder or grind up dried soaked chilis- if need more flavor. Add in a couple of (canned) kidney beans, then chopped potatoes and simmer for another 45 minutes or until potatoes are soft. 

Garnish with fresh herbs, serve with sliced avocado, grated cheese, chips, french fries, on top of a burger or sausage, in a frittata- so many options!

FarmEats Grass Fed Beef Chili

FarmEats Grass Fed Beef Cooking Guide!

There are different ways to break down beef into the various cuts.  How the cuts of beef are cooked mainly depend on where the cuts come from the cow.  If the parts are used more, the connective tissues and muscles build up, and braising or roasting slowing breaks down the tissues into soft rich beef. 
Or if the parts are in an area that doesn't get worked much, then a quick sear or sauté results in a nice and juicy steak.

beef cuts

Steaks;

FarmEats steaks are mainly cut from the lower back of the cow- the loin;
Porterhouse (along the back bone)
NY Strip and Filet Mignon-tenderloin (basically boneless porterhouse), and right under those are Top Sirloin
Ribeye steaks come from top of the back rib, which has a rich fatty layer, and is rib bone in.  
Flat Iron Steak (boneless, a butcher's specialty cut from the shoulder) is cut thinly and needs to be seared quick to rare.
Tri Tip Steak (a butcher's specialty cut from the bottom sirloin- only 2 full tri tips per cow) needs to be seared quick to rare, or braised. 
Flank Steak (cut from the flanks of the cow- only 2 flank steaks per cow) needs to be seared quick to rare.  
Skirt Steak (cut from plate of the cow, before the Flank Steakonly 2 skirt steaks per cow) needs to be seared quick to rare.  
Hanger Steak (cut from the diaphragm, right near the skirt from the cow's flank- only 1 hanger steak) needs to be seared quick to rare. 

The steaks are tender and soft and with the right amount of grassy fat, which crisps up nicely when seared to perfection (5 minutes and then 4 minutes on a hot pan/BBQ then let rest for another 5 minutes on a cutting board). 
 

Roasts;

FarmEats roasts are cut from the;
front Chuck Roast (boneless shoulders),
Brisket (the breasts, also boneless) under them are the,
Short Ribs and Dinosaur Plate Ribs both bone-in ribs.  
Then the back hind portion -the Round, is where the;
Bottom Round (aka Pot Roast) boneless,  and 
Stew Beef (knuckle aka sirloin tip roast), cubed into 1 pound boneless stew meat packages.
Shank (aka Osso Buco) from the legs- bone in. 

All of these cuts of beef need to be braised in liquid to break down the tight muscle tissues -in beef broth/wine for slow and low, 285 degree oven until meat is soft and tender -about 4 hours+ for rich meaty grass fed beef, and slice thin against the grain! 

Top Round (aka roast beef) boneless -oven roasted to rare- an internal temperature of 120, slice thin against the grain.  
London Broil (actually a cooking method- is cut from the shoulder) can be BBQ slow or braised.
Sandwich Steaks cut from the Eye Round Roast and are sliced thin by my butcher, to sear quickly for sandwiches or stir fries.   

Happy New Year from FarmEats!

FarmEats 100% Grass Fed Beef contains essential vitamins and nutrients, crucial for our overall health!

FarmEats 100% Grass Fed Beef
vs Conventionally Raised Feedlot Animals (supermarket and restaurant meat).

  • No added hormones.

  • Antibiotic free.

  • Rotationally grazed pasture raised cows, eating grasses their entire life.

  • Humanely raised farm animals, that live on the farm outdoors their entire lives- not crowded into unsanitary feedlots (breading ground for diseases such as e-coli, and listeria).

  • Saturated and monounsaturated fats: Grass-fed beef has either similar, or slightly less, saturated and monounsaturated fats.

  • Essential Fatty Acids; (critical to human health)
    Omega-3s: This is where grass-fed really makes a major difference, containing up to 5 times as much Omega-3.

  • Omega-6 Polyunsaturated Fats: Grass-fed beef contain a more balanced amount of Omega-6 fatty acids.

  • Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA): Grass-fed beef contains about 2 times as much CLA as grain-fed beef. This fatty acid is associated with reduced body fat and some other beneficial effects.

  • Vitamin B12, B3 and B6. It is also very rich in highly bioavailable Iron, Selenium and Zinc.

  • Vitamin A: Grass-fed beef contains carotenoid precursors to Vitamin A, such as beta-carotene.

  • Vitamin E: Grass-fed beef contains more Vitamin E than grain fed beef, which is an antioxidant that sits in your cell membranes and protects them from oxidation.

  • Micronutrients: Grass-fed beef also contains more Potassium, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorus and Sodium.

  • Grass fed beef contains some amount of almost every nutrient that humans need to survive.

  • Grass fed beef also contains high quality protein and various lesser known nutrients like Creatine and Carnosine, which are very important for our muscles and brains.

FarmEats Grass Fed Beef Burgers

Holiday Roasts!

FarmEats Grass Fed Beef

and Pasture Raised Pork

Holiday Roasts!

We have a solid selection of our FarmEats 100% grass fed beef and pasture raised pork Holiday Roasts! 

We have roasts for braising slow and low in beef stock/red wine; osso buco, bottom round pot roast, chuck roast, short ribs and brisket, and we have pork shoulder, which makes a nice pulled pork!

To make things easier, I generally braise the roasts the day before, and then reheat them the next day.

Also, we have top round roasts, which like to be oven roasted to rare, and then sliced thinly against the grain. 

FarmEats Grass Fed Beef Roasts.

Nice and beefy! 

FarmEats Grass Fed Pulled Beef!

FarmEats 100% Grass Fed Pulled Beef Chuck Roast!

FarmEats Grass Fed Pulled Beef

FarmEats 100% Grass Fed Beef Chuck Roast, is expertly cut and trimmed by my butcher Lowell.  The roast is cut from the shoulder of the beef.  The cow's shoulder gets lots of exercise, from walking around and grazing in the fields.  After years of grazing the bountiful, Carlisle NY farm pasture, the cow's shoulder builds up strong connective tissues, and fat.  

Which all makes for an awesome, slow and low braised chuck roast!  For these chilly, stormy days, I love braising meats in the oven. As the meat tenderizes in the braising liquid (wine, bone broth, tomatoes, salt, etc) at a low 285 degrees heat, for several hours, the meat softens up and makes rich and savory dishes.

FarmEats Chili Fries!

FarmEats 100% Grass Fed Beef Chili Fries!

FarmEats Grass Fed Beef Chili Fries

FarmEats 100% Grass Fed Ground Beef Chili Fries!

Perfect for these cooler Spring days!! 

The other day, we cooked up a batch of our FarmEats ground beef chili, and let it simmer on the stove top for a few hours to allow the flavors to meld together. 

While the chili was simmering, we sliced and salted the potatoes, and then put the slices on an oiled pan into the 450 oven, baked them for about 35 minutes, checked them and flipped the slices, and baked them for another 15 minutes.  Then we took the pan of fries out of the oven. 

Voila!
Perfectly golden crispy fries, to go with our FarmEats Chili! 

Tastes Like Spring!

Tastes Like Spring!

tastes like spring

Tastes Like Spring! 

FarmEats Sautéed Chorizo, Shiitakes, and Onions, over Organic Micro-Greens,

Fresh organic micro-greens
from Deep Roots Farm, tastes like spring sunshine and fresh earth! 

We sautéed up some FarmEats grass fed chorizo and Dan Madura Farms shiitake mushrooms, along with some pickled Deep Roots onions, and then served them over a bed of Deep Roots Farms micro-greens!  

The sautéed spicy chorizo, and pickled onions along with the earthy shiitakes complimented the fresh micro-greens nicely. 

The fresh, just picked micro-greens are so very lively,

and taste like spring!

FarmEats Grass Fed Beef Super Bowl Chili!

FarmEats Grass Fed Beef

Super Bowl Chili!

FarmEats Grass Fed Chili

FarmEats Grass Fed Beef
Super Bowl Chili!

Its Super Bowl LII
(I am looking forward to Super Bowl LOL)! 


Although, I don't know if the Patriots or the Eagles will win, I do know that FarmEats Grass Fed Beef Chili is always a winner!

FarmEats Grass Fed Beef Chili starts by; sautéing garlic and onions in olive oil, then add in fresh diced tomatoes, and spices (Mexican chili powder, smoked Spanish paprika, basil, Singapore curry, salt and pepper- hot and spicy cayenne or other peppers are of course optional) into a stock pot, cover and let simmer for a while.
 
Next, add in FarmEats 100% Grass Fed Ground Beef (Can add in beef stock/beer/wine if not enough liquid). We like to let the pot simmer slow and low, for a couple of hours or so, stirring occasionally.  This way the ground beef, tomatoes, and spices all start to meld together and form a cohesive whole, bursting chili flavor! 
Then finally, add in kidney beans and/or pinto beans, and stir occasionally.   

Can also, shred up some cheese or slice avocado for a nice added flavor topping. 

Enjoy!

FarmEats Grass Fed Beef Seared Sirloin Steak!

FarmEats Grass Fed Beef Seared Sirloin Steak!

FarmEats Grass Fed Beef Sirloin Steak

One of our favorite FarmEats grass fed beef steaks is the sirloin steak.

The boneless sirloin is cut from the hindquarters of the cow, and is part of the loin. Which also includes the tenderloin, and the NY strip and porterhouse steak.  All of these parts are not worked as much and therefor the connective tissue is much softer than other parts. 

The boneless sirloin steak is one of our favorite cuts because the lean softness of the sirloin brings out the rich grass fed flavors of the steak (although not as much as the hanger/skirt/tri tip or other tighter cuts).  Also, the sirloin sears so well, and it is easy to slice in uniform pieces (which is great for family serving sizes or parties).  

We let the olive oiled and salted steak rise up to about room temperature on a cutting board.  Then sear on a hot cast iron, oiled pan for 5 minutes and then flip for another 4 minutes, then let rest under an aluminum foil tent on a cutting board for about 4 minutes.  Sauté some fresh spinach and Brussel sprouts while you wait!

Then slice the steak into quarter inch thick pieces and plate with the veggies.  Serve the steak and enjoy!