Jess Pryles

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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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Beefy, Cheesy Mini Taco Bites

Looking for the perfect Cinco De Mayo party snacks? Harness the flavor of beefy, cheesy (somewhat trashy) Tex Mex with these mini taco bites.

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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?

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Venison Bolognese – a field to plate recipe

Rich and comforting, this simple Venison Bolognese recipe is great over any type of pasta you choose.

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BBQ Pork Rub Recipe – get it on your butt.

The perfect pork rub will enhance, not mask, the meat with a perfect balance of sweet, spicy, salty & zesty.

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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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Croissant Bread Pudding with Bacon & Pecans

If you are a bread pudding fan, you're going to love this indulgent version made with croissants, bacon and a splash of bourbon for the heck of it.

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Beer Battered Onion Rings & Buffalo Ranch Dip

These golden onion rings are impossibly light but deliciously crunchy and perfectly paired with tangy Buffalo Ranch dipping sauce.

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Steak bites with blue cheese, fig & bourbon jam

Good news, bourbon & fig paste is the new utility player in your culinary arsenal. Here's how to make it...

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Seared Venison Backstrap with Blackberry Sauce

It's lean, delicate and most importantly, delicious. Follow this easy recipe for venison backstrap with blackberry sauce.

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Pork Crown Roast with Drunken Apples

This spectacular pork roast will be the crowning glory of a beautiful meal for guests.

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Quick and Easy Pickled Red Onions

Sweet, fragrant and tangy, these quick pickled red onions are easy to make and make a great topping for tacos, or side for BBQ.

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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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Make your steak better before you even cook it with Dry Brining

This method for dry brining steak, paired with reverse sear cooking, will result in the best tasting steaks you've ever cooked at home.

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How to make and cure your own smoky bacon

There are few single ingredients that are so universally adored as bacon. And the only thing better than bacon is homemade bacon. Curing your own...

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How to make Jerky (Bloody Mary flavor, too!)

It takes one simple piece of equipment with one switch to create awesome jerky at home.

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Classic Sausage Rolls with Pork, Beer & Sage

Flaky pastry encases a beer-kissed filling of pork & sage, what's not to like about this recipe for sausage rolls?

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Chicken-Fried Venison, Waffles & Serrano Honey

This dish is delicious for dinner, but even better for brunch. BYO mimosa...

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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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Ms Linda’s Cajun beef debris poboy

This recipe for Cajun rice & gravy spans back over three Southern Louisiana generations, but happens to make for an excellent sandwich, too.

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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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How to make a roux

A step-by-step guide on making the key foundation of many Creole & Cajun dishes

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BBQ Brisket Tater Tot Nachos

Let us celebrate the glory of the tater tot with the addition of Texas brisket & melty cheese!

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5 Great Appetizer Recipes For Game Day.

You've got the big screen... You've got the beer... Now make sure your snack game is tight with these great recipes.

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Mini Nashville Hot Chicken & Waffle Bites with Candied Jalapeños.

These epic bite-sized appetizers just threw down the gauntlet for all other snacks to step up their game.

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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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How to make candied jalapeños.

They start out sweet, then bring the heat...

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Braised pork belly with soy & star anise

Melt in your mouth tender when braised, pork belly isn't just reserved for makin' bacon...

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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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Libations: The Illusionist with Ancho syrup

If you're a fan of the brown spirits, you are going to love this cocktail made with barrel-aged gin.

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Porter braised beef cheek with grits & sorghum

Hearty and rich, braised beef cheeks make for a perfect winter meal. Check out this beer-braised recipe served with some Southern staples.

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5 essential tips to make perfect buttermilk biscuits from scratch

Flaky and buttery, the perfect biscuit will lend itself to both sweet and savory applications.

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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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Tamalada – the Christmas tradition of tamale making

Ever made 172 tamale in a day? Join a traditional Tamalada and see exactly what goes into making these delicious parcels of corn dough and meat.

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These are the best roast potatoes, ever.

It takes just three ingredients to make these crunchy-outside, fluffy-inside, best-ever roast potatoes...

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Chewy Chocolate Bacon Smores Cookies

Whether you like chewy chocolate chip cookies, ones with added bacon or a mega-fluffy Smores upgrade, this one recipe will do it all.

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Rare Steaks: using the tenderloin tip for steak tartare.

This fancy French classic is affordably attainable at home - you just need to know what to look for at the grocery store.

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Cottage or Shepherd’s pie? Either way, winter comfort food.

Whether you make it with lamb, beef or both, the combo of rich gravy meat & fluffy mashed potatoes makes this recipe an instant cold weather winner.

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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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Devilishly good eggs with the help of one simple ingredient…

You probably already have some in your pantry, and this one easy addition makes for some seriously good deviled eggs.

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Turkey, cranberry & brie pockets.

Turn your Thanksgiving leftovers into these easy Turkey pockets.

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The best ever queso recipe.

Gooey melted cheese dip perfect for parties, tailgating or eating alone in a fit of cheese feelings.

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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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Make your own Praline Bacon

Who says you can't have bacon for dessert? Check out this recipe for true "meat candy".

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Key Lime Pie with Marshmallow Meringue

The ultimate irresistible dessert.

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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

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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Triple Pork Jalapeno Poppers with crushed Cracklins

Game day snacks just went next level....

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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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Easy Charred Corn Salsa

Made extra easy with a very clever kitchen hack...

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Ancho Chile & Coffee Steak Rub

Smokey, rich and earthy, this rub is a perfect complement to beef.

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Rare steaks: the Tri-Tip

Previously found only in Californian butchers, this triangular muscle of goodness is making a national comeback.

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Poblano crema – one green sauce to rule them all

And a very unexpected creamy ingredient...

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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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Bacon & Hatch Green Chile Hominy Casserole

Bust out your skillet and prepare to loosen your belt.

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Carnivores Ball – Austin 2015

An epic BBQ event for the discerning meat enthusiast.

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Could this be the most legendary steakhouse in Texas?

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

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Forget biscuits & gravy, here’s BRISKET & gravy!

The ultimate in breakfast leftover recipes - smoked brisket gravy over fresh biscuits

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Chimichurri sauce – a best friend to beef

This Argentinian condiment is quick, easy and is the perfect fresh compliment to rich, beefy steaks.

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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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Grilled Skirt Steak with Pickle Juice brine

Don't throw out that left over pickle juice, it's the perfect meat brine!

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How to make Sticky Burnt Onion & Bacon Jam

Good on waffles, steak or straight from the spoon...

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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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How to make Smoked Brisket Popcorn

Because all your other salty snacks are now invalid.

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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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Libations: The Hill Country Howdy, a bourbon cocktail

A concoction of Garrison Brothers bourbon, white peaches and pink peppercorns.

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Meat nerdery: attending BBQ Summer Camp

Turns out the best summer camp is actually for adults.

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“Philly Cheesefake” – the best steak sandwich, ever.

Here's why the flat iron is the perfect cut of beef for a steak sandwich.

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Venison, bacon & poblano wraps

These venison, poblano and bacon wraps are the perfect tailgating recipe, because you can pre-wrap all of them and grill up a bunch at once.

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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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Chicken Fried Cheese Sticks

Just when you thought cheese couldn't get any better... it got fried.

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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?

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Micklethwait Craft Meats

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

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Get to know Jess

It's like we're mates already, but here's a little vid to get to know me.

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Which type of burger are you?

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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Looking for the best bbq in Austin? Here’s your ultimate guide.

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

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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.

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Brunch in Austin: Olivia

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

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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.

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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.