Monday, September 8, 2014

How to Grill a Perfect Steak

Since opening our doors in 1971, we’ve had the opportunity to hear everyone’s tips and tricks for cooking the perfect steak. From ridiculous to practical, from tenderizing the meat to slicing the finished product - we’ve heard it all! Here are some of the best tips we’ve heard for grilling a mouth watering steak.

The Cut

Everyone likes something a little different. We recommend trying many different cuts of steak so that you know your preference. For those that like a leaner cut of meat, we recommend a sirloin or a top round steak. For a more sinful steak, try a beef tenderloin, ribeye, or porterhouse. Fortunately, if you aren’t sure what cut you like best, we have multiple packages for you to test the different cuts!

Good Quality Meat
The foundation of a great steak is good quality meat! Our dedicated team have taken our product to award winning status, still priding itself on using traditional techniques in producing the best quality and widest selection of products available.

Approximately 30 minutes before placing on the grill, remove the steaks from the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature.
While your steaks are coming to room temperature, get the grill going! Preheat the grill on high and make sure your grill is clean!
With the right cut of meat, you should only require salt and pepper for seasoning! Fancy shmancy seasoning is only necessary if you are using poor quality meat. Lightly brush with oil to prevent from sticking, and add the salt and pepper shortly before placing on the grill.
It’s go time on the grill!

Sear each side of the steak to lock in flavor and keep the grill covered as much as possible.
Use tongs to flip the steak. Piercing the steaks with a fork or otherwise will allow tasty juices to escape.

Cook to your desired temperature by using a meat thermometer! Here is a quick reference guide for a perfectly cooked steak:

It’s cooked to perfection. Now what?

After removing your steak from the grill, allow it to rest for 5 minutes before cutting into it. This helps the steak retain the juices!
You’re ready to whip out the fork and steak knife. Always cut against the grain to make the steak less chewy. It’s easier on your teeth and will make your steak eating experience all the more enjoyable.
Congratulations on a successful grill session and good luck fighting off friends and family from your deliciously prepared steak. You’ll probably need it!

Stop in to one of our Minnesota locations: Foley or Crosslake to find a delicious cut of meat that is just right for you and your family!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Are we “Bacon” you Hungry?

Maybe you think of it as a simple breakfast side dish or a burger topping. Maybe you’ve ventured outside these boundaries and turned it into an hor d'oeuvre or a dessert. Whatever the case, it’s undeniable that America loves bacon.
I mean, consider the numbers.
The typical American meat-eater consumes roughly 18 pounds of bacon a year. Translated to the whole of the nation, that’s over 5.6 BILLION pounds devoured in total.
So clearly, our collective love affair with bacon is pretty serious. Here at Grand Champion Meats, it goes without saying we’re fans - and that’s why, all last month, we’ve been celebrating the joys of bacon with special deals!
Before we get into all of that, did you know…
  • Of the roughly 5 billion pounds of bacon eaten in the US each year, approximately 1.7 billion are consumer in restaurants.
  • Bacon contains a property called umami - a certain food quality so appealing, it actually triggers neurological responses in our brains, making us crave more.
  • The recipe for a bacon cologne (yes, you read that correctly) was created by a French chemist in 1920.
  • Bacon is nearly ancient; in fact, there’s evidence of the Chinese salting and curing strips of pork circa 1500 BC.
  • Studies show that pregnant women who make bacon part (not all) of their diets tend to have healthier pregnancies and deliver more robust children.
  • 53% of all American households claim to have bacon waiting in their refrigerators at all times.
So, that’s a snapshot of some of the more unknown qualities of America’s favorite breakfast meat. There’s a lot more to be found - I mean, these days, bacon even has it’s very own television programming.
Here at Grand Champion Meats, we’re ready to help you get your bacon fix, here are 11 types of bacon we make. You can choose from:
*Hickory Smoked Bacon
*Pepper Bacon
*Beef Bacon
*Homestyle Cottage Bacon
*Thick Sliced Bacon
*Apple Cinnamon Bacon
*Raspberry Chipotle Bacon
*Honey Glazed Bacon
*Maple Bacon
Got a style of bacon that’s a particular favorite? Anything you do differently with bacon that you’d like to share? Leave us a comment and tell us about it!