Jamaican oxtail stew

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beef_logo-cOxtails, like many other “scraps” synonymous with peasant food because of its toughness, require lots of patience. These cuts found their way into the pots of the poor the world over because they have been historically very cheap. Eventually, gourmands discovered the deliciousness of these “inferior” bits.  People who would normally have turned their nose up at such a lowly piece of meat have discovered the incredible flavors that are unlocked when someone takes the time and care to cook it with love.

One of my favorite ways to prepare oxtail is Jamaican oxtail stew. Since oxtail is very tough and contains lots of cartilage, it requires a long, slow braise to break it down into soft, succulent, beefy goodness. So, on a lazy afternoon, grab your Dutch oven and a few Red Stripes, turn on some Bob Marley, and discover the joy of creating something rich and decadent from such a tough cut of meat. Continue reading…

Beef Jerky

beef jerky close up

beef_logo-cWhen it’s time for a road trip, the one thing that must accompany me is a bag of beef jerky.  The problem with being a jerky junky is the cost.  Granted, it’s not cutting-copper-pipes-out-of-construction-sites or forays-into-amateur-chemistry expensive, but it does add up over time.  Other than BBQ, jerky was one of my first true culinary accomplishments.  This recipe is one of the first I created and I’ve used it ever since. It’s easy, relatively cheap, and it tastes phenomenal! Continue reading…