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Five Steps to Grilling the Perfect Steak: Scott Kroener
Chris Cosentino is the chef-owner of Incanto and Boccalone in San Francisco, a competitor of the upcoming season of Top Chef Masters, and author of the new book "Beginnings: My Way to Start a Meal". He's also a massive fan of offal and says, "If you are willing to kill an animal, you should be willing to eat all of it."
I've never had any complaints about my brisket. That could be because no one is especially keen to rag on the crazy-eyed lady wielding a hot pair of tongs and giving out free meat, but I'd like to think that it had at least a little bit to do with quality.
Burgers, hot dogs, steaks and chicken are cookout classics for a reason. They're crowd-pleasers and (with a little care) relatively un-screwuppable. They're a safe bet, but for maximum impact, only a giant hunk of meat will get the job done.
Consider the brisket. It's a big ol' flat, cut of beef from the chest of a cow, and it's the stuff of Texas legend. It's bone-free and takes a fairly long time to cook down under low, slow charcoal heat, but every last stomach grumble is worth it.
While many weekend grillers think this sort of project is best left to fifth-generation Texas pitmasters and smoke-soaked competition barbecue acolytes with big, schmancy smokers, a succulent brisket is achievable in your backyard grill.
Really. I promise. Here's how.
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.
Time for some Angus management - May 28 is National Hamburger Day!
Making the ultimate burger is, ultimately, up to you. Ask your local butcher for freshly ground meat, and consider trying a meat blend with a cut like brisket for added flavor and texture. Ideally, you want a patty that will crust up well on the grill, stay juicy and won’t fall apart on you.
Ray Isle (@islewine on Twitter) is Food & Wine's executive wine editor. We trust his every cork pop and decant – and the man can sniff out a bargain to boot. Take it away, Ray.
Memorial Day is rolling our way, and it’s good to remember that the holiday itself exists in honor of those who died while serving in our country’s armed forces. But, that said, Memorial Day weekend serves a different purpose - it is the time of the year when, for many people, the clouds part and a vast and disembodied voice says from on high, “NOW YOU MUST GRILL.”
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