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2018 holiday gift guide for meat lovers
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2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Carnivores

Tis the season! Hunting season! But perhaps more widely celebrated – the holiday season. That means that it’s time to start...

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How to find BBQ smoker hot spots

Don't ruin expensive meat trying to figure out your pit hot spots. For under $5 and in 20 minutes, find ALL the hot spots in your BBQ smoker.

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VIDEO – How to make BEEF BACON!

As pork belly is to pig bacon, beef belly (also known as navel) is to beef bacon! Unique and SO delicious! Here's how to make your own beef bacon.

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The Jess Pryles Signature Edition Pit

The JP signature is a refined take on the traditional P&S offset smoker, with functional and practical upgrades. Learn more.

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VIDEO – cooking a steak from frozen

We've frozen our meat to steaksicles and fired up the grill to answer the age old question - can you cook a steak from frozen?

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VIDEO – how to Reverse Sear a steak

It's the ultimate way to cook a steak and it works every single time. Here's how to do the Reverse Sear method:

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Exploring Umami ingredients: Porcini Powder

If you're a carnivore then you're a fan of umami. Get to know the ingredients that help boost the 'meatiness' factor, like Porcini Powder.

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How to make your own knife roll

Keep your knives safe during travel with this simple denim and vinyl knife roll.

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Exploring Umami ingredients: Shio Koji

If you're a carnivore then you're a fan of umami. Get to know the ingredients that help boost the 'meatiness' factor, like Shio Koji.

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How to sear steaks with the chimney method

Get the ultimate sear to finish your steaks by cooking directly over a chimney full of coals.

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Exploring Umami ingredients: Vegemite

Here's why you need to start using Vegemite in your stews, soups, sauces and marinades.

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Introducing… Hardcore Carnivore® RED!

Introducing the newest addition to the Hardcore Carnivore meat seasonings line - HC Red! Designed for white meats and particularly pork butts & ribs.

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for unique gift ideas for grill lovers and meat fans? I have you covered with these 9 great options.

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2017 Beef Workshop

Introducing my first ever class/workshop! And it couldn’t be on a better topic – beef! Join me at the Texas Beef Council on February...

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5 expert tips for your barbecue competition box

Along with taste and texture, appearance plays a part the final score in comp barbecue. Here's 5 tips to get your competition box looking great.

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The Meat Lovers Guide to: Uvalde County, Texas

Home to the Frio, Nueces and Sabinal rivers, Uvalde County is an outdoor-lovers paradise. Here's where you should eat while in Uvalde, carnivore style.

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DIY cookbooks – a perfect holiday gift

Blurb lets you create your dream book, whether for sale or giving as a gift.

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How to trim Pork Ribs, competition style

Learn the tricks to trimming pork ribs into a neatly rectangular rack, perfect for competition barbecue

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How to cut your own Flat Iron steaks at home!

Check out this simple hack for taking a cheap grocery store roast and turning it into two high quality and inexpensive Flat Iron steaks!

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How to set up a grill for two-zone cooking

When a recipe calls for "two zone" grilling, it's usually because at least one portion of the cooking process requires gentle, indirect heat.

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The Meat Lovers Guide to: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Just upriver from New Orleans on the banks of the Mississippi sits Louisiana's capitol city, come explore all the meaty delights of Baton Rouge.

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Meet Hardcore Carnivore Black – your new favorite seasoning rub

Introducing the new meat rub, Hardcore Carnivore™: Black. This jet black colored, charcoal based seasoning rub will totally transform your meats.

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What is Kosher salt and what makes it different?

Kosher salt is an ingredient in most barbecue and general cooking recipes. But what exactly is it, and why is it important to know the difference?

steak & bourbon, a complete meal at Freedmens bar in Austin
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Meat tshirts – brand new designs available!

Brand new t-shirts for Hardcore Carnivores

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Wagyu beef – everything you need to know

Not all Wagyu is the stuff high dollar price tags are made of. Here's everything you need to know about Wagyu beef.

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Great books on barbecue, grilling & meat – listed!

My complete list of books about barbecue, grilling, meat and general cookery, split into easy to follow sections.

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15 Austin Eateries Perfect For Meat Lovers.

Looking to satisfy your carnivorous cravings? This list of Austin restaurants has you covered.

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Say It With Bacon: how to make bacon roses.

Upon first glance, these flowers look like real varigated roses, but you gotta look at little closer...

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Game Plan: a first timers hunting experience.

It's the ultimate test for any carnivore - do you have the guts to actually kill your own meat? Here's the story of my first hunting encounter.

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Ever had a stinky piece of pork? Blame boar taint.

For some of us, eating pork isn't always a delicious experience. Learn exactly what is responsible for that funky barnyard smell...

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The most popular 9 posts of 2015

A round up of all y'alls favorite recipes, posts and articles of 2015!

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9 essential gifts for meat lovers and BBQ fans

Stop stressing out about the perfect gift for carnivores and barbecue fanatics - I've got you covered with these awesome gifts for meat heads.

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A day in the life of a Texas Pitmaster

Lance Kirkpatrick of Stiles Switch shows me just how hard it is to be a pit boss for a living, and reveals a few secrets along the way.

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Meat themed t shirts for all!

Celebrate your carnivorous tendencies and show the world you're a proud meat eater with these tees!

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Best of the TMBBQ Fest 2015

A look at the Texas Monthly Barbecue Festival from Austin

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How to pick the right wood for barbecuing

Timber talk: know your cherry from your oak

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All about the butts – pulled pork

Discover the best cut to use for pulled pork

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Rare Steaks: the Petite Tender

This is the Rare Steaks series, exploring the lesser known beef cuts - because there’s more to a steer than a rib eye and a tenderloin.

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Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que – Llano, Texas

You haven't lived until you've tried mesquite-smoked prime rib.

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What is dry aging? Truths, myths & facts.

From wet to dry, here's everything you need to know about aging beef.

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Know your pit: a guide to barbecue smokers

Do you know your offset from your pellet grill?

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Five ‘new’ cuts of beef you’ve known all along…

Deciphering the fancy cuts at your butcher shop.

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Carnivores Ball – Austin 2015

An epic BBQ event for the discerning meat enthusiast.

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The Meat Lovers Guide To: Abilene, Texas.

Join me for a meat-themed road trip to Abilene and the legendary Perini Ranch

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Joseph’s Riverport Bar-B-Cue: Jefferson, Texas

In the piney woods of East Texas, great barbecue awaits.

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Rare Steaks: the Spider/Oyster

because there's more to a steer than a rib eye and a tenderloin...

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What is peach paper? A BBQ trend explained.

Peach paper is the ultimate BBQ accessory right now and no, it's not made from peaches...

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Meat nerdery: attending BBQ Summer Camp

Turns out the best summer camp is actually for adults.

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Pork Ribs – get to know the basics

Do you know your Baby Backs from your St Louis?

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On the boudin trail in Louisiana

Welcome to Scott, the town dedicated to boudin and fried pork morsels known as cracklins...

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Freedmen’s BBQ in Austin, Texas.

Let's be real, this is some of the best barbecue you'll ever have.

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Five Guys Burgers & Fries

If it's good enough for the President, it's good enough for me.

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Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew

Dinner service, brisket cupcakes and addictive corn casserole.

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Gourmands dive bar and sandwich emporium

Shiner beer cheese and broccoli soup in a bread bowl. Need I say more?

Micklethwait craft meats BBQ in Austin, Texas
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Micklethwait Craft Meats

They call it craft meats, we can just call it barbecue.

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There are two basic types of burgers. Do you know them?

Short stack or high tower? Identify your preference!

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Kerlin BBQ – big taste, shorter lines

Sometimes it's the quiet guys you gotta watch our for...

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2015 birthday wish list

A few awesome items that you might like to gift yourself with, too!

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Burger Tex – where you build your own

Quite literally, build your own. They hand over the bun and patty, you do all the rest.

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True Hill Country BBQ at Opie’s in Spicewood, Texas

Sometimes it pays to get out of the city - especially when you get to eat barbecue at Opie's.

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The ultimate guide to Austin BBQ.

Everything you ever need to know about eating BBQ in Austin - the superstars, the hidden gems, and the old classics.

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Smoke & Mirrors: what you need to know about barbecue restaurants

Because not all 'cue is created equal.

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Brisket 101 – what exactly is a brisket?

Join me and a hanging beef carcass to find out where exactly brisket comes from, and how it's cut.

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Top Notch – An Austin Landmark

As featured in Dazed & Confused, this iconic local burger joint is a perfectly preserved time warp.

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Lucy’s Fried Chicken

Wood-fired grilled oysters and damn good chicken.

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La Barbecue – Cuisine Texicana

There's no one item at La Barbecue you must order, because you have to try it all.

Olivia restaurant in South Austin
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Brunch in Austin: Olivia

Picnic style fried chicken? A meal that surely even Willie and Waylon would approve.

La Petite Grocery in New Orleans
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Chef Justin Devillier’s La Petite Grocery

Linen tablecloths and burgers go hand in hand at this elegant casual eatery in New Orleans.

Burro cheese kitchen, grilled cheese in Austin TX
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Burro Cheese Kitchen

Got a craving for grilled cheese? Burro will take your sandwich to the next level.

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Elizabeth’s – the home of praline bacon

One of the most popular (and filling!) breakfast spots in New Orleans.

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A Barbecue Restaurant Where You Order The Fried Chicken

The one where I tell you to steer clear of the barbecue, but go for the fried yardbird instead.

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A Texas Grocery Store Through A Foreigner’s Eyes

To you it's a grocery store. To me, it's a whole new world of edible wonder.

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Dirty Martin’s Kumbak Place

It takes a lot of guts to use the word "dirty" in the name of a burger joint...

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Walmart through the eyes of a foreigner.

From squeezable cheese to roadside memorials, let me take you on a tour through Walmart.

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Live Fire, 2014

Franklin BBQ short ribs, tallow cooked potatoes and even escargot.

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Porfirio’s Breakfast Tacos & Lunch Plates

Austin is a city obsessed with breakfast tacos, and at Porfirio's Tacos you understand why.

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El Sapo – Onion Rings, Burgers and Botanas

From classic burgers and curly fries to lamb burgers and queso fries, El Sapo is a burger haven on the Eastside.

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Fond artery-hardening memories of the State Fair of Texas

Where the motto should be "if you can eat it, we can fry it".

The joint BBQ in Bywater, New Orleans on BurgerMary
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The Joint, New Orleans – the place for big easy bbq.

Turns out there's great barbecue in Louisiana.

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Meat University – it’s a real thing!

Sitting in on the Texas BBQ 101 class at Texas A&M University

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Reviving the traditional butcher shop at Salt & Time

Reviving the art of of butchery, sourcing local and exploring a variety of cuts, welcome to Salt & Time.

The Company Burger in New Orleans
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Is this New Orlean’s best burger? The Company Burger

Burger's aren't usually on the list of "must eat" dishes when in New Orleans, but Company Burger changes that.

Valentina's Tex Mex barbecue, Austin
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Is Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ the ultimate in fusion cuisine?

You'll never have to make the cruel choice between having tacos or barbecue for dinner, because now you can have both.

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Gus’s Fried Chicken – A “Must Put In Face” Experience

Bringing their poultry prowess from Memphis to Austin, cheap and cheerful chicken can be found at Gus's.

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How To Season Cast Iron (Like A Boss)

Cast iron is one of the best cooking surfaces around - you just have to season it right to start with.

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Crabby Jack’s has strong po boy game

Head off the beaten tourist path to find some of the best po boys in New Orleans

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Carnivores Ball – 2014 – The Pics!

All the festivities from the second annual ball in Melbourne

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Caddo Lake – A Magical Place in East Texas

I think I have a new favourite place to escape. It’s one of the most beautiful and peaceful places I’ve ever had the fortune to visit, and it’s...

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DIY Whipped Beef Tallow Body Butter

Sounds a little weird, but it's actually great for your skin. Welcome to the world of cosMEATics.

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Louie Mueller Barbecue, the Cathedral of Smoke

Push open the creaky wire door and step inside the grand cathedral of Texas BBQ.

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Why Hays Co. BBQ Is Completely Worth The Drive

There's not much that is worth battling traffic on I-35 for, but this BBQ just might be it.

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The Kansas City BBQ Tour

Delving reluctantly into the BBQ world outside Texas, I liked what I found in Kansas City

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First Timer’s New Orleans – the complete guide

Headed to New Orleans for the first time? Here's everything you'll need to know for a perfect visit.

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The Slaughterhouse Tour

Eating meat is one thing, understanding how it is processed is an important part of being a Hardcore Carnivore.

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The most influential person at a barbecue restaurant.

And it’s not the butcher, or the owner, or even the pitmaster himself...

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The reliable comfort of Whataburger

Whataburger is everything you want fast food to be - cheap, fast, comforting, consistent and actually tasty.