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Angus Beef vs. Regular Beef

Whats the difference between Angus and regular beef? The simple answer is the type of cow that it comes from. Like salmon and tilapia are both fish that have some similarities they will not taste the same. An Angus steer will make a more well marbled piece of beef then your average cow. They are also a heartier breed which means typically they will need less antibiotics in their lifetime then a regular cow.

When I was growing up the only places you would find references to Angus were high end steak houses, now even McDonald’s has an Angus burger. So besides the price is there really a difference between Angus and regular beef?

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How to Grill Pork Loin

Grilling a pork loin can be done a couple of different ways. These loins will be marinated in Grill Mates Garlic Wine and Herb marinade but feel free to make up your own marinade like: Italian Salad dressing or a french onion soup mix. To maximize our marinades flavor penetration into the pork we will be grilling it using indirect heat on our trusty Weber Kettle with natural lump charcoal and charcoal baskets.

Pork loins come in many different sizes so your grilling time will vary. The ones that we are grilling are end cut, you can tell by the tapered ends and larger and in the 2 to 2.5 pound range, you can find them as small as 3/4 of a pound or up to 5 pounds depending on how they are cut. A whole pork loin can be 36 inches long.

The difference between a pork loin and a pork tenderloin is very visible. A loin cut is virtually the same thickness all the way across and usually has a nice fat cap across the top. While a tenderloin is smaller, narrow, has a thick end and tapers almost to a point while showing little to no fat.

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How to Grill Ribs Techniques

I was not a huge fan of ribs until I found the proper barbecue sauce to go with them. For me that sauce was Corky’s, for you it may be something else, but the perfect balance between sauce and meat made me fall in love with ribs. Anyway this article is about a three different cooking techniques that are used to cook pork ribs, not the rib recipes themselves.

Part 1

This first cooking method is used by a famous barbecue joint for their “Dry Rub” style ribs, but it should be easily adapted to sauced ribs.

First you need to prepare a mop: For this you’ll need a 50/50 mix of white distilled vinegar (you should be able to sub another vinegar type) and water and add enough of your rub for flavor. Do not rub the ribs before cooking it will just wash off with the mop anyway.

Preheat your grill: You are looking for around 325 to 350, this should be low to medium heat. Place the ribs directly over the heat on the upper rack (up to 18″ above the heat or as high as you can get) bone side down until bone side is golden brown (around 30 minutes) . Baste every 10 minutes or twice, get them good and wet. Flip the ribs and cook until the meat is to hot to touch and mop one more time. I would guess that the meat should also be pulling away from the bone at this point.

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