Thursday, October 31, 2013

Currywurst: Authentic German Sausage in Los Angeles

Stop what you are doing and get in your car and travel to Currywurst. They have always been the best and will always be the very best place to eat authentic German Sausages. It does not get better than this. I have covered this place before and now I am covering them again. They have decided to bring the Doughnut Dog into this world. How this isn't the greatest food on the planet I have no idea. It blows me away that there isn't a line out the door. All I can think is that they are located in the heart of a jewish community might be holding them back. I can say enough good things about this place I just hope that with enough time the word will spread. I sit down with Kai Loebach the owner of Currywurst to find out what kind of crazy he is serving at his sausage palace.

MEAT ME: Explain to me the doughnut dog?

Kai Loebach: The doughnut dog is a Long John Doughnut that is not glazed or sugary. It’s a plain doughnut with plain all beef Vienna hotdog. That’s important it is not a sausage it is a hotdog.

MEAT ME: Hotdog?

Kai Loebach: Hotdog! Hence the name Doughnut Dog! It is topped with your choice of either sauerkraut, grilled onions, or home made mustard.

MEAT ME: What to do you recommend?

Kai Loebach: It depends on what kind of a person you are…

MEAT ME: I am an onion’s kind-of-a-person.

Kai Loebach: ONIONS? I love the onions and our mustard. It is a great combination, because doughnut has that soft feeling and the hotdog has that nice snap to it. We also serve it with a pickle.

MEAT ME: Really, a hotdog with a pickle?

Kai Loebach: Yup! A hotdog with a PICKLE!!! A quarter of a pickle, it is really nice quality. There are very few places in LA that actually sell Vienna hotdog’s cause they cost almost twice as much as my all natural sausages. It’s crazy!

MEAT ME: What do you mean my “All Natural”? What does that mean?

Kai Loebach:  It means that there are no preservatives in the sausages. There are no color additives. It is just the meat and spices. That’s it. Natural casings, there are no artificial casings. The chicken sausages do not have pork casings they have collagen casings. As an Orthodox Jew you could be eating that sausage and not have to repent after that. It’s “Jew Proof”.

MEAT ME: It should say that outside. Being in a Jewish neighborhood, they have a right to know.

Kai Loebach: We have had a few guys sit outside and it is so funny when you see a really religious Jewish person (the ones with the payis’s) sitting outside of a German sausage place, where most of the food is pork. It is like, come on, do you really know where you are sitting? Umm… we don’t decimate against anybody.

We also have the Vegan sausages, which are the smoked apple and sage, and Mexican Chipotle. I don’t want to fool Vegans and say we cook the vegan sausages and the pork sausages on the same grill. The Vegan sausages are being cooked in a cast iron skillet that is just off to the side of the grill and we never have anything else in it. I think that is a very important point.

Spaghetti ice cream is a really typical German desert that I grew up with. When I moved here I thought… Actually my first year here I didn’t even think about it. It was so far removed, but when we opened Currywurst I thought, well anybody can do apple strudel. Everybody was doing it so we wanted to separate ourselves from the ordinary folks. So I decided to do something that I grew up with and that was also really authentic. The Spaghetti ice cream is vanilla ice cream put through a special German hand press machine. There is no motor so there is some elbow grease going into it as well. It comes out looking like spaghetti and we top it with fresh strawberry sauce and white chocolate shavings.  It looks like a plate of spaghetti marinara. Excellent.

MEAT ME: You also added a burger it looks like?

Kai Loebach: Yes the burger is an all Angus Beef 6 oz burger, which is a really nice substantial size. It’s presented on a brioche bun and it comes with cheddar cheese, garlic aioli, onions and tomatoes and served with a side of greens. You can also have it with french fries. It’s a great product.

MEAT ME: Why did you decide to introduce the burger?

Kai Loebach: It’s AMERICA. We live here. If this place were existing in Germany that menu would be reduced to 1 sausage and that’s it. If you go into a place like this in Germany you order Currywurst. They don’t even offer you the sausage with a bun. It’s like you sell currywurst you get currywurst. It’s one sausage.

In America you have to have options. People come in here, knowing we still serve several different options, but still feel we have a very limited menu. It’s not like they are eating 6 different items while they are here, so why are they saying it’s limited when they are only ordering one item anyways? That’s what you come in here for. When we introduced the burger we thought it was something that was easy to handle, it is such an American staple and I thought it would be good, and it has been really successful.

MEAT ME: Do they serve burgers in Germany the same way that they might serve them here?

Kai Loebach: Not in the same way they do here. Yes, they server burgers in Germany but as a lunch item called “Frikadellen”, is a larger burger patty that includes some soaked bread, eggs, spices, usually a little ketchup and mustard a lot like meat loaf. It’s a patty that you eat with mustard for lunch. That is very typical next to the Currywurst, but when they eat a burger it is nothing outrageous like we have here where people get very inventive. In German they have adapted to that American standard where you get a sort of wonder bread type of a bun that you get at any type of a burger fast food place. It’s just a simple patty with cheese and may be mayo and ketchup and that’s it. So people don’t usually go all out.

MEAT ME: So since we last met the biggest issue was translating what Currywurst was. How is that going?

Kai Loebach: Terrible. Look there is nobody in there that is the problem. People just haven’t gotten it. We had a great spot on KTLA 5, and I was amazed by how much airtime they gave us. They gave us 15 minutes of airtime on a Friday morning between 6 and 8 in the morning. That’s huge. It was for the introduction of the Doughnut Dog, but when people come in here and they read Currywurst as non-German or non traveled American you really have no idea what it is; if it is the name of the restaurant or if it is the name of the dish. They really have no idea what it is. People are just like, what is it? They have never had it and most people say they will try it because they don’t know what it is.

When we say Currywurst is the name of this really great dish and they try it and it’s great, but how do I get the people in here thinking they can also get as sausage on a bun that has nothing to do with curry, and that doesn’t like curry. That is still a pretty big challenge and until we educate people here… That’s what it is.

MEAT ME: Well aside from that, how is everything else going? Are your cookies doing really well?

Kai Loebach: The cookies are doing well. We sell a lot to catering. My regular catering business is doing really well. That is the reason why this place is still open. I am not making any money I am loosing money every month, but I am looking at this project as sending my kid to college. You pay a lot of money for the education but you don’t know what comes out of it.

I am going to stick it out for 5 years and it proves to break even or make a little profit we got to continue. If after 5 years I fail to get the word out about it there is no reason for me to continue.

MEAT ME: So what would you tell someone who hasn’t been here, why they should come here?

Kai Loebach: It is a very unique product, even though it falls under the category of “fast food” or “street food” the quality is so much higher. The French fries, beef and sausages are of the most amazing quality. They have no preservatives; it is a very clean product. Plus, it’s an authentic German experience. If you don’t have the money to travel to Germany, our experience is the closest thing to it.

MEAT ME: So people coming from Germany?

Kai Loebach: Yes, a lot. The tour buses go by and I sit outside I can see the pupils going large, “Oh my God, look… There’s Currywurst.” People come back to eat. We have a few hostels’ down the street the Banana Boat Hotel, a lot of German kids stay there and when they are walking down to the grove they see; they are like “Oh my God”, and they are taking pictures of it.

MEAT ME: I see you had to move your sign (sausage crossing)?

Kai Loebach: Yes after 2 years the city finally said, you can’t do it. It is still very visible. So it is one step away from being illegal.

MEAT ME: So today I ordered the Bockwurst, correct?

Kai Loebach: Yes, you got the Bockwurst (pork/veal) which is sliced Bockwurst with curry ketchup and curry powder. That is authentic as it gets. Then you had the Bürgermeister, which is a burger on a Brioche bun with tomatoes, onions, and cheese. Then you had the Doughnut Dog, which is a Long John doughnut which is plain and not sweetened with an all beef Vienna hotdog, caramelized onions, the house mustard and a pickle. Then you had the spaghetti ice cream. Which is vanilla ice cream thrust through a machine to make it look like spaghetti topped with fresh strawberry sauce and white chocolate shavings.

People this food is amazing. Aside from actually going to Germany, it doesn't get any more authentic than Currywurst of Los Angeles. Please come out, treat yourself, and enjoy a luxury you might not have the chance of enjoying unless this unique establishment gets the well deserved business that it needs to survive.

You can check out Currywurst's website or find them at 109 N Fairfax Ave  Los Angeles, CA 90036

Save the sausages,
Sean Rice

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

How to BBQ Spare Ribs

Finally I am going to show you how to BBQ your own spare ribs at home. I have seen tons of professional bbq teams from Big Poppa Smokers to Slap Yo' Daddy do ribs up in various different ways. Each person does it his or her own way, but this way seems to be the easiest while still get them to taste just like the pros do it. I don't have the best smoker in the world, Smoke'N Pit Charcoal Smoker & Grill by Brinkmann, but great tools don't make a great cook. Knowing how to use what tools you have available is what makes you a great cook. They no longer make this model so you don't have to worry about finding it, but this particular style of smoking can translate to almost any grill or smoker. Now the big difference between BBQ and Grilling is the SMOKE. Grilling is cooking over an open flame at high heat and BBQ is done with wood at low temperatures over a long period of time. Low and slow as they always say. For this meal I am cooking up spare ribs and cutting them St. Louis style. At the bottom is a list off all of the ingredients and supplies you'll need for this cook. 

Here are all of the supplies that I used. You want to get apple juice to keep the ribs moist. You'll need the Agave Nectar (which can be replaced with honey), Parkay and brown sugar for when you wrap the ribs. If you want to be clever and use real butter instead of Parkay don't because butter burns at a much lower temperature. I got Stubb's BBQ sauce for the very end. I used Big Poppa Smoker's Little Louie's and Sweet Money for the rub. I chose Happy Ending for my finish. I am using Kingsford charcoal as my fuel source and a combination of apple and cherry wood chips for a sweet smokey flavor.

I got the meat at Smart and Final where I bought most of the supplies. The rubs you can buy online at Big Poppa's website. The charcoal and wood you can get at Home Depot or local supermarket. It all depends on what your location carries. I prefer spareribs because they have a lot more meat than baby backs. Farmer John sells this 2 pack that can range anywhere from $18 to $25 dollars. On a side note "All Natural" means nothing on packaging. There are no requirements for that label so unless it has the USDA ORGANIC logo on it, it's just regular meat.

First off I rinse off the ribs under running water, place them in a pan and then damp them dry with a paper towel before I cut them. Take one rack and lay them ribs down bone side up and look for the piece of skin that lays diagonally across the ribs. You want to cut that off, it has various names from "the alien flap" to the "mud flap" so call it what you want just cut it off an throw it away (or use it to make stock for a pork butt injection). Next is either removing the membrane or trimming the ribs, it is up to you. I like to count down about 11 or 12 ribs and then cut a straight line parallel to the rest of the ribs from top to bottom. Then you'll feel for the top for the very first rib where the cartilage meets the edge of the breast bone and cut in between from there straight across the top of the ribs in a strait line. You should end up with a nice rectangle. You'll have your rack of ribs and your rib tips.

Now you are going to remove the membrane, sometimes this is easy and sometimes this is a pain is the fucking ass. What you want to do is go to the very edge of the bottom of the rib and use your finger nail to separate the membrane from the bone fat. Some people will stick the end of a spoon under it and drive it right up the bone. Then you'll grab a paper towel for grip and pull the membrane right off (it can be slippery). There will be 2 distinct layers you only want to pull the very top layer off. If you pull off both, the bone will literally fall out of the rib when you pick it up. There are 2 reasons to pull the membrane off 1. is to let the smoke get through to the under side of the meat. 2. It's a mother fucker to chew off when you're eating it.

Once the membrane is gone flip the ribs over and cut off any access fat that is hanging off the meat this will also prevent the smoke flavor from getting to the meat. Now that's done you are going to season your ribs. I have Big Popp's Sweet Money which I like for the sweet flavor and Little Louie's for it's salty/peppery flavor.

You will evenly spread the seasoning to both sides and give it a pat with your hand to make sure it's on there. That's one pat, there is no reason to molest the meat. Once that's done set it aside and let it rest for at least 60 minutes so the meat will absorb the rubs.

Once the ribs are rubbed I will apply the same technique to the rib tips. I will place the ribs and tips in a pan in the fridge I will pull them out 45 minutes prior to putting them on the smoker so that way they are room temperature and not cold. The idea is that the meat will take longer to get to perfect temperature if it is cold in the middle. There is less of a chance of undercooked meat below the surface. Technically it will take just over an hour to come to room temp being in the fridge, but if you want to go crazy you can place the meat in the oven at 225º to 350º for 15 minutes which will take the meat to 72º, the same as being at room temp for 1 hour and you don't have to worry about the meat going bad.

With the meat rubbed I used my fire starter with 10 to 12 coals and a piece of paper towel soaked in olive oil to get my fire started. Never use liter fluid it will make your food stink like chemicals. I then took 2 of the bowls from my vertical smoker (you can use metal bowls) filled them with water and placed them in the bottom of my smoker. This will help keep the ribs moist because the smoker will act like a humidifier as it starts to evaporate from the heat.

Once the coals are red I placed them on top of the pile of coals I had in the side box chamber of my smoker. I did a few different methods for the wood. Here I placed apple and cherry wood chips in a piece of foil. I then placed another piece of foil on top, rolled up the edges, and then poked holes on top and bottom. This should last about 30 to 40 minutes in the smoker. This foil technique also works well if you wanted to smoke on a grill. Just place this off to the side and it should smoke nicely.

It took me about an hour to get all that set up and going. The ideal temperature for this smoker is between 180º to 225º you can even go all the way up to 275º. It all depends on how long you want to smoke the meat for. As you can see with the ribs all of the rubs have been absorbed into the meat.

I have laid out all of the meat, bone side down and I made sure to keep some space between all of the pieces so that they all get some smoke. Once laid out, close the lid so the smoker can get back up to temperature.

After about 20 minutes my temp went all the way up to 275º. For me that's a little high for just smoking so I closed up the air vents half way to bring the temp back down. Remember for the next 3 to 4 hours we are just using the smoke to create a flavor bark around the meat. Once the bark is set we'll wrap the meat, raise the temp and start to cook it.

It has been an hour and here is where the apple juice comes to play. You're going to fill a spray bottle with apple juice and start to spray the meat every 30 minutes to keep it nice and moist. Do this very quickly because you let all of the smoke and heat out once you open the lid. I have also thrown more wood chips directly onto the fire to bring the smoke back up.

Here you can see the bark slowly set on the ribs every hour. The smoke will start to bond with the rub and the meat to form a nice crusty layer on the ribs. This is exactly what you are looking for. Each time you smoke ribs it will be different. The temperature on this smoker is a mother fucker to control. Some times it's windy or cold. Some times the wood burns super quick. Some times I have to add a wood chunk every 20 to 30 minutes cause they burn out. Usually a pretty sizable pile of charcoal should last the whole cook but if its windy and it's been running hot you might have to add more. There are a lot of variables to manage but it can be done. 

It's been about 3:30 minutes of smoking averaging 190º. They way you can tell if the bark is set is by trying to pick off the crust like a scab on your skin. If it wont come off and it looks to be a light brown color it's done. But if you can pick it off it could probably should go a little longer.

Now it is time to wrap the ribs so I have pre set up each wrap on a table ready to go that way the ribs don't lose temp as I am wrapping them. I use the extra wide foil. If you have heavy duty foil use that instead. If it's the thin stuff use 2 sheets about 3 feet long. Sprinkle down some brown sugar, a nice hand full should do. Zig zag the Parkay and Agave about 4 to 5 times.

First I started with the ribs tips in one wrap. I laid them all meat side down so you can see the grill marks facing up. I then added another hand full of brown sugar on top with 4 to 5 zig zags of parkay and agave. Wrap them up and place them in the middle of the smoker. The point of wrapping the ribs is to boil them inside in their own juices. The foil prevents the meat from burning and keeps all the moist wet juiciness on the inside.

Lay the ribs meat side down right onto the strip of sugar, parkay, and agave. Grab the sugar, agave, and parkay and repeat the previous step again. When finished grab the edge of the foil nearest to you and then the opposing side and bring them together. Then fold them over in one inch increments until you have about a 1 inch space between the foil and the ribs. Take the ends and fold them in as well. Place them back on the smoker and close it. Open and close the smoker for each rack that you wrap so the least amount of smoke and heat escape.

Now I have looked at my temp and its sitting around 170º, but I need it back up at 275º to cook the ribs that I have just wrapped, so I have added more charcoal. I added a good 30 pieces because I need to keep the temp up for at least another 2 hours.

It's been about 20 minutes and I have only been able to get the temp up to 225º and that was with the vents wide open. So now I have spread the charcoal briquets out with a pair of tongs and opened the side door to the wood burning compartment. With in 10 minutes the temperature was back up to 275º. Some times all you need is more oxygen to bring heat to a fire.

I take a metal skewer and I poke at the ribs every 30 minutes until it slides right through the meatiest part of the ribs, just like butter. That's when you know it's ready. You want to see a little pull back on the meat from the bones since meat shrinks when it is cooked. Now I have never fucked ribs up before but this time I did. I made the mistake of placing the ribs right next to the wood fire box by the end of the barrel and when that sucker hit 275º it burned the shit out of the ribs and this is exactly what they looked like below.

The brown sugar turned black and the layer of bark got stuck to the inside of the foil. The meat was very clumpy and there was a thin layer of black crust across the top, this is exactly what you don't to do. I rushed it thinking that it was going to take to longer to cook with the temperature so low. I tried to compensate by turning up the temp and after 2 hours they were burned.

After about an hour and a half between 250º and 275º this is exactly what they should look like. Now as you can see I did loose a little bit of the bark that had formed while they were smoking, technically I could have smoked them just a little bit longer. I can easily cover that up at the end by adding a little extra rub.

It's time to add the sauce. I poured the bottle into a pan just before I pulled the ribs out and brought it to a boil. I let the ribs rest for about 5 to 10 minutes. You don't want to put cold BBQ sauce on the ribs it makes them cold right before you eat them.

Here are the ribs right after they have been sauced. This is when I should have added Big Poppa's Happy Ending rub, but I forgot.

You can cut these ribs right down the middle or you can follow the edge of the bone like I do. Now these ribs were a little tough. I probably should have left them wrapped for another 30 minutes just to get a little more pull back. I think it is safe to say I won't be using this smoker again it's just too hard to keep the temp up when I have the ribs wrapped.

If you ever have this issue the safest way to save them is by throwing them in the oven, wrapped for an hour at 400º. It will save you every time.

These were ribs I cooked up about a year ago. As you can see they have a nice crusty bark on the outside, and the meat looks super juicy on the inside. Nothing is completely black.

For this cook you will need:
1 Smoker of your choice
1 Bag of Cherry Wood (chunks or chips)
1 Bag of Apple Wood (chunks or chips)
1 Bottle of Apple Juice (with a spray bottle)
1 Agave Nectar (or Honey)
1 Parkay
1 Stubb's BBQ Sauce
1 Bag of Brown Sugar
1 Big Poppa's Little Louie's
1 Big Poppa's Sweet Money
1 Big Poppa's Happy Ending
1 Wide Spool of Foil

I wish you all good luck and Happy Ribs,
Sean Rice

Monday, August 26, 2013

How to Grill the Perfect Rib Eye with Roasted Rosemary Garlic Potatoes

I found out I was being featured as Grill Master of the month for the American Grillmaster Experience. I was so excited I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate than creating a blog post on how to grill my favorite steak, Rib Eye.

This is one of my absolute favorites. It has wonderful marbling, an exquisite taste, and a really fast cook time. Steaks are great on their own but when you throw in my favorite side dish; Roasted Rosemary Garlic Potatoes the only out come can be magnificent.

For this feature I wanted to grill up 4 different types of rib eyes. I went to my local butcher shop that supplies locally raised grass fed cattle. I bought one bone in and one boneless. I also grabbed the USDA approved Ranchers Reserve from my nearest Vons just so I could test the taste between the 4. Some say grilling with the bone in adds more flavor and is also more cost effective. I can't wait to find out for myself.

I also just got in my rubs from Big Poppa Smokers which I can't wait to use on both the potatoes and the steak, so let's get started.

For this experience I am using one bag of Kingsford original charcoal. I do not like the flavored kind but I am going to throw in 2 wood chunks. One Apple and one Hickory will give the meat and potatoes that extra smoky barbecue flavor.

I like to use my charcoal fire starter; this you can find at any Home Depot, Kohls, Walmart, or Target. I wet a paper towel with olive oil placing it in the middle of the layers of coal and lighting it. Don't put in too much or it won't light, it needs oxygen to get going. Once the paper is almost fully burned and the coals are white hot I'll throw them on top of the coals I have on the barbecue and then close the lid. Depending on the size of your grill you may need to do this more than once.

First I start with the potatoes. I like a bag of 12 to 15 baby golden potatoes. I will scrub them under running water, half them and then throw them into a pot of water. We will be putting the entire pot on the grill so make sure it does not have a handle that might melt or catch on fire.

Once they're all cut I smash and add in about 6 to 8 garlic cloves. I don't chop them up, I just smash them so they can be peeled and then throw them in the water.

Next grab 3 to 4 sprigs of fresh Rosemary, take your knife and lightly braise them before throwing them into the water this will help release some of the flavor. Lastly add in a palm full of salt and then let it sit.

Now the best part. The meat. I got 4 different cuts from 2 different sources because I wanted to compare the flavors and marbling between the Grass Fed and Rancher's Reserve. Also my guest like them cooked 4 different ways; rare, medium rare, medium, and medium well. So by getting 4 different thicknesses I can cook them all at the same time and have 4 different out comes.

Now as you can see, before we have even put on Big Poppa's Double Secret Steak Rub, the marbling between the Ranchers Reserve and the local Grass Fed beef is very different. It even smells different too. The Grass fed is way more gamey and stinky were as the Reserve is very pleasant with barely any scent at all.

Now for the rub. For this cook I am using Big Poppa's Double Secret Steak Rub, I have heard great reviews and I am very excited to use it. I took the meat out about and hour before I knew it was going to go on the grill. I generously shake the rub on both sides of the meat until the entire surface area is covered. Then you will just let it sit at room temperature and let it absorb the rub. You don't want to grill cold meat.

It's been about 30 to 40 minutes since I have lit the coals and the temp is showing just under 400 degrees. You can see the coals are beginning to turn pretty white and ready to have wood chunks placed on top as close to the air in-take as possible. This way the smoke travels across the food before it exits the smoker.

Now I added the pot of potatoes to the grill and closed the lid. I'll check every 5 minutes until it comes to a boil. Once it reaches a boil I will leave it closed for about 10 minutes. This will soften up the potatoes before we grill them. Make sure you use oven mittens if you touch it this mother fucker, it's hot and will burn you.

After 10 minutes take the pot off the grill and strain all of the water out of it. When it's dry you then want to drizzle the olive oil over the top of the potatoes and then shake on Big Poppas Jallelujah Seasoned Jalapeno Salt. Once it has an even coating use a wooden spoon to stir around the potatoes until they are evenly coated. At this point your temperature should be some where over 400 degrees.

Once coated add them back on to the grill with some tongs. Try to keep then in an area that isn't the hottest spot on the grill. This will prevent them from burning. Gather up all of your meat and throw them on the grill as close to the hottest spot as possible and close the lid for 6 minutes. Do not open it you want them to use all the heat. If the grill is open the heat is getting out and your meat is hating you. So just don't open it.

Now 5 minutes have gone by. Open the lid and start to turn the potatoes over, move them around a little bit and then leave them alone. By the time your done flipping the potatoes the 6 minute alarm will go off and it will be time to flip the meat. Flip each one over and then close the lid. Set your timer for 5 minutes and don't open it even for a peek because your letting your meat boner get the best of you.

Now your 5 minutes is up. Open that mother fucker and see the beautiful meat that this barbecue has given you. If you want that shit medium rare take it off now and put it on a plate. If you want it medium  to medium well. Take off the potatoes first and then take off the meat last. Now don't EVER press the meat against the grill and squeeze out the juices to see how done it is. I will personally beat the crap out of you if you do this. Feel your own palm; the center of your palm is what medium to medium well feels like. The outer portion of your palm at the base of your thumb is what rare to medium rare feels like. You TAP the meat with the tip of your tongs to be able to feel this.

Now make sure you always get your grill as hot as you can when cooking this. Flames should be hitting your meat when your juices fall into the fire. Don't be scared, this is meat there is supposed to be fire. As long as you use my formula you should be able to cook this in the black of night and not fuck it up.

Now you have taken the meat and potatoes off. Your pants are basically wet at this point (guy or girl) and you can't wait to take a bite, but you have to. It's not done yet. It has to REST for 5 minutes so that it finishes cooking and the flavors have a chance to settle. You can't taste anything if you burn the shit out of your tongue because you can't wait 5 minutes.

This is what heaven looks like. It taste amazing. Now I get a chance to try all 4 and see if there really is a difference in taste between the Grass Fed and the store bought Ranchers Reserve. The potatoes are extra crispy on the outside, super soft on the inside just like I want them. The Jallelujah Seasoned Jalapeño Salt gives it that little extra kick of spice to balance out the saltiness that you might encounter when eating with a seasoned steak.

The first thing I tried was the boneless Ranchers Reserve followed by the bone in. The difference was really subtle but the flavor is not as strong, it is very serious. A little tougher than I like but not bad. I mean for a steak accompanied by Big Poppa's Rub, it's fucking magical.

As for the local Grass Fed beef it was like a party in my mouth. Really loud flavors calling out to me after every bite. This meat was really tender and cut like butter. You can even see how much more juice there is than in the Ranchers Reserve. I am really convinced that Grass Fed is the way to go and when you have a nice compliment like Big Poppa's Double Secret Steak Rub to your mouth is left truly satisfied.

Roasted Rosemary Garlic Potatoes:
1 bag of golden baby potatoes
6 cloves of Garlic peeled
3 sprigs of Rosemary
2 Table Spoons of Salt
1/4 of a cup of Olive Oil

Grilled Rib Eye:
1 bag of Kingsford Charcoal
4 1 to 1-1/2 inch thick Rib Eye Steaks (bone-in optional)

Good Luck and Happy Grilling,
Sean Rice

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