Artisan Meat Processing

Ham Casing Spareribs

Adapting commercial practices to home cooking has once again proven to be simple, economical and very worthwhile.  Pictured above are my first ham casing, smoke-cooked spareribs.  They were delicious, and hopefully with practice I can make them look even more appealing next time. Pictured is one of the two large racks of spareribs that I prepared.  I removed the body… Read More »

Ohio Proud Smoked Brisket

Ohio was home to our Nation’s first major meat packing city, to a beef marketing company that caused the vast majority of U.S. cattle to become black-hided and is now where the best method of preparing the one time underutilized (think sustainable Agriculture gains) beef brisket was developed. Start with a USDA Choice quality grade or higher packer (untrimmed)… Read More »

Choice Beef Hack Nirvana

This post is similar to some others on this website, but is different in that it offers only my family’s preference of convenient beef items and it does not go into spelled-out recipes.  Complete recipes and procedures are explained in some other Meat Mentor posts.  Feel free to ask for more information if interested in any of these processing practices.  The following information is… Read More »

Occasional User Meat Equipment

Three separate acquaintances of mine recently decided to purchase electric tabletop meat grinders.  I have had my home meat processing setup for many years; so was not thinking about a need to offer direction to others that might be looking to begin processing  wholesale cases of pork or beef and/or wild game meat.  That’s right, home meat processing equipment can be… Read More »

A Barrel of Luck

It’s been right at 5 years since I developed the Wolfer style smoke-cooker and I’m now more confident than ever that it can hang in there with anything this side of climate-controlled commercial smokehouses/thermal processing units. As some of you may know by now:  I have been poor and/or frugal my entire life.  Have been associated with agriculture, and with the meat… Read More »