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Digital Thermometers Are Your Most Valuable Tool And Here's A Great Buy!

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A good digital thermometer keeps you from serving dry overcooked food or dangerously undercooked food. They are much faster and much more accurate than dial thermometers. YOU NEED ONE!

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The Slow 'N' Sear turns your grill into a first class smoker and also creates an extremely hot sear zone you can use to create steakhouse steaks.

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Bring The Heat With Broil King Signet's Dual Tube Burners

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The Broil King Signet 320 is a modestly priced, 3-burner gas grill that packs a lot of value and power under the hood. Broil King's proprietary, dual-tube burners get hot fast and are able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills. The quality cast aluminum housing carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

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The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One

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The Good-One Open Range is a charcoal grill with an offset smoke chamber attached. It is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. The grill sits low in front and doubles as a firebox for the smoke chamber which is spliced on above and behind so it can work like a horizontal offset smoker only better. By placing the heat source behind and under the smokebox instead of off to the side, Open Range produces even temperature from left to right, something almost impossible to achieve with a standard barrel shaped offset.

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Griddle And Deep Fryer All In One

The flat top does the burgers and the fryer does the fries. Use the griddle for bacon, eggs, and home fries. Or pancakes, fajitas, grilled cheese, you name it. Why stink up the house deep frying and spatter all over? Do your fried chicken and calamari outside. Blackstone's Rangetop Combo With Deep Fryer does it all. Plus it has a built in cutting board, garbage bag holder, and paper towel holder. An additional work table on the left side provides plenty of counter space.

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The smart folks at ThermoWorks have finally done it: The Swiss Army Knife of thermometers, two in one. Start with the industry standard food thermometer, the Thermapen MK4, (Platinum Medal winner) truly instant (2 to 3 seconds) precise (+ or – 0.7°F). Then they built in an infrared thermometer ideal for measuring the temps of pizza stones, griddles, and frying pans (also great for finding leaks around doors and windows in your house).

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Compact Powerful Sear Machine For Your Next Tailgater


Char-Broil's Grill2Go x200 is a super-portable, fun little sizzler made of heavy, rust-proof cast aluminum. The lid snaps shut. Grab the handle and you're off to the party! Char-Broil's TRU-Infrared design produces searing heat while reducing fuel consumption. A 16 ounce LP gas canister is enough to keep you flipping burgers for hours.

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The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

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Their NK22CK-C Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It's hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the NK22CK-C a viable alternative.

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G&F Suede Welder's Gloves

Heat Resistant Gloves With Extra Long Sleeves Hold The Hot Stuff

If you're using oven mitts at the grill, it's time to trade up. Say hello to these suede welder's gloves. They're heat resistant enough to handle hot grill grates, and flexible enough to handle tongs. The extra long sleeves even let you reach deep into the firebox to move hot logs without getting burned. Our Fave.

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GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone

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GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, keep small foods from committing suicide, kill hotspots, are easier to clean, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily removed and moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke to whatever is above. Every gas grill needs them.

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The amazing Karubecue is the most innovative smoker in the world. The quality of meat from this machine is astonishing. At its crux is a patented firebox that burns logs above the cooking chamber and sucks heat and extremely clean blue smoke into the thermostat controlled oven. It is our favorite smoker, period.

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Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

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The First Propane Smoker With A Thermostat Makes This Baby Foolproof

Set ThermoTemp's dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin'.

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Professional Steakhouse Knife Set

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Our founder, Meathead, wanted the same steak knives used by steakhouses such as Peter Luger, Smith & Wollensky, Morton's, Kobe Club, Palm, and many others. So he located the manufacturer and had them stamp our name on some. They boast pointed, temper-ground, serrated, high-carbon stainless-steel, half-tang blades with excellent cutting edge ability. The beefy hardwood handle provides a comfortable grip secured by three hefty rivets. He has machine washed his more than 100 times. They have never rusted and they stay shiny without polishing. Please note that we do not make, sell, or distribute these knives, they just engrave them with our name.

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PK 360 grill

Is This Superb Charcoal Grill A Kamado Killer?

The PK-360, with 360 square inches of cooking space, this rust free, cast aluminum charcoal grill is durable and easy to use. Four-way venting means it's easy to set up for two zone cooking with more control than single vent Kamado grills. It is much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado. Beautifully designed and completely portable. Meathead says it is his preferrred grill.

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Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

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Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

Green Mountain Davey Crockett Grill

Green Mountain's portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it's also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

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    Ream's Meats in Elburn IL dosent.......

    Just returned from Ream's Meats in Elburn I'll. Wanted to try a Chuck eye roast and a couple Chuck eye steaks. The butcher there said they don't produce Chuck eye roast because it's the same as pot roast. Never got an answer on the steaks. Very disappointing.

    Seems like it's getting impossible to find a really good butcher. May have to turn to the internet

  • Top | #2
    Carrying chuck eye isn't the mark of a good butcher. There are many different ways to butcher the shoulder clod that is chuck. Chuck eyes are pretty, but making them messes up the chuck pot roasts, which are much more in demand. I couldn't find Elburn on a map, but if they do whole animal butchery, I'd be very surprised. So, for them to produce a chuck eye would require special order or breaking down a more profitable cut and producing waste.

    Good luck finding these cuts. I think my Jewel carries the steaks from time to time, but never a thing I want, as I like the full chuck roast.


    • Murdy
      Murdy commented
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      I've been to Ream's, I'd be about 99% positive they are cutting from box beef. It's a smaller place, so they probably don't go through enough grind to use up a lot of trim, so that's probably the reason they don't do chuck eye roasts.

    • Potkettleblack
      Potkettleblack commented
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      The whole animal butcher most wants you to buy ground beef. ~200 lbs of trim and scraps on a carcass, the largest portion of any single thing.

      I think most butchers are cutting from box primals nowadays. Paulina in Chicago does some of both, so they can cut something special for a customer (like they did me a whole, bone in strip loin... it was expensive tho). But most of your smaller butchers are not breaking down carcasses.

  • Top | #3
    I ordered some Chuck eye steaks from Porter Road. They butcher their own cattle but don't cut Chuck eye roasts as they prefer to cut the eye into steaks.

    So I ordered a tri tip instead.

    By the way, Elburn is in northern iIllinoi on route 47.


    • Top | #4
      I’ve tried tri tip a few times. 😃

      Its hard to beat a good one with a board sauce. I’m partial to grilled lemons and fresh chilies added to mine.

      i hope to see some great pics.


      • JGo37
        JGo37 commented
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        mmmm board sauce...

        pic of Homer here: X

    • Top | #5
      Ill keep you all posted...


      • Top | #6
        Where are you located? Many other butchers in Hampshire, Marengo, LITH...


        • Murdy
          Murdy commented
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          or DeKalb, Yorkville, Creston, to name a few

      • Top | #7
        The problem as I see it is true butchery is becoming somewhat of a dying art. What we eat in this country is driven by the commodities market where whole primals are broken down by one set of cutters, sent to another set of cutters who then box up their smaller subprimals to delivery to local meat cutters. In short it’s a dollar driven industry with the same sort of assembly line mentality as auto makers. Special cuts like chuck eye roasts aren’t making them as much money and thus are not in their wheelhouses. They know the number of cuts that do and that’s what they offer. It’s not practical any other way.

        If you can find a local source where old fashioned butchery is still practiced, like small local farmers. Otherwise cuts like chuck eyes, hangar and other good cuts will be difficult to find.


        • HouseHomey
          HouseHomey commented
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          Yup. Not enough people want to pay for it. We get used to $3.00 prime packers at Costco and use that as our index.

          I paid $15.00 for a salad the other day and was like ehh... what did I just do? Then I remembered what I get for salad.

          It was delicious.

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        • Top | #9
          If anyone in northern Illinois knows of a true butcher that will cut to order I'd sure like to hear about it. But I feel Troutman is right. So many places now get their meat cut and boxed by the big meat packers. Ive tried 2 in my area, Ream's and Butcher On The Block but no luck for this cut.
          BTW, Porter Road carries hangers.


          • Potkettleblack
            Potkettleblack commented
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            Come to Chicago... Butcher and Larder, Publican Quality, Paulina, Gepperths, so many good butchers... but you have to pay like they are in Chicago.

          • bbqharry
            bbqharry commented
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            Inboden’s Meat Market http://meatplace.com/
            They're located in DeKalb, IL

          • Murdy
            Murdy commented
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            Or Headon's in Creston

        • Top | #10
          I don't know about your part of the country, but here in the southeast, Publix supermarket has chuck eye steaks, so you might check whatever local supermarket(s) are in your area. I have never bought chuck eye from them, but for the sake of nostalgia, we occasionally grill a 7 bone chuck - its excellent. When I was a single father with 3 young children, "steak night" was a big deal, and steak was grilled 7 bone chuck . . . Winn Dixie sold it for 49¢ per pound in those days.


          • Top | #11
            Sorry, just cant deal with going into the city, although its only an hour or so by Metra. Grew up there and spent 20 years on the Chicago Police force. When I retired I promised myself I'd never go back. But it's really a great place that many people love.


            • Potkettleblack
              Potkettleblack commented
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              Suburbs have fewer options. That's the trade. TYFYS.

          • Top | #12
            It’s difficult getting decent cuts. If Costco didn’t have packer briskets I’d never get to cook them.


            • Top | #13
              Ream’s is a family owned store that has been around for decades. If there is a question to be asked, one should ask to speak to Randy, Janelle or Phyllis and they will take care of you. Great people, i have known them for years. Maybe a biased opinion, I have actually done work in their old shop and have seen their new one. They have the band saws to cut what you need. I think it might have been an unfortunate situation that seems to give a bad reflection here. Though Ream’s is not cheap, they’re busy. I do believe that they can and will provide a great service to all customers.


              • Top | #14
                Ream's is a great place, no doibt. When I asked about the Chuck eye roast the girl at the meat counter went into butchering area to ask about it. She came back and informed me Reams doesn't provide that cut and suggested a Chuck pot roast.

                No big deal here. If they don't cut a Chuck eye roast I'm sure it's for good business reasons. Even Porter Road dosent provide it through on line orders as they rather produce Chuck eye steaks.

                Might all have to do with customer demand.


                • Top | #15
                  Thanks for tips on Inboden’s Meat Market and Headon's. When the freezer gets down a bit I'll give them a call and ask about the chuck eye roast. Just got some chuck eye steaks from Porter Farms, looking forward to trying those.