Alright all you grilling meats aficionados, how well do you know your cuts of pork? Could you pin the fork on a rib-eye, blade or center cut chop blind folded? What about a porterhouse or America’s cut? If so, you’re going to love our center cuts. Made from the boneless section of the hog, they’re cut into thick, 7 ounce portions. So, they’re ideal for marinating and throwing together a hearty, quick meal.

Why Dive Into a Center Cut?

For those that might not be able to separate America’s cut from a porterhouse, don’t let it curl your pigtails. We’ll explain why they’ll blow your house down and leave the pack howling for more. Let’s begin with their origins shall we? All center cuts are traditionally taken from the area located directly underneath of the hog’s back fat and well behind its shoulders. As such, it’s usually very tender and lean, unlike other pork chop cuts.

Go Juicy or Go Home!

Because it’s boneless, most center cuts in our grilling meats section will cook in 7 minutes, or one minute for every ounce. For the juiciest chops, pull them off out of the heat when their internal temperature is 145 degrees Fahrenheit and let them rest for a few minutes. Or, if you hate even the slightest bit of pink, let the internal temp reach 160 degrees Fahrenheit but no more.  And stick to the two to three-minute resting period as well.

No Confusion Apple Infusion

Which marinades work best with our pork grilling meats? Many center chop faithful swear brining each portion is ideal, especially if apple cider is involved. To make apple-infused brine for our center cut chops, you’ll need:

  • 8 Cups Sweetened Apple Cider
  • 1 Cup No-Pulp Orange Juice
  • 2 Tsp. Ground Allspice
  • 2 Tsp. Ground Ginger
  • 2 Tsp. Black Pepper
  • 5 Whole Cloves
  • 2/3 Cup Kosher Salt

Boil the brine first then add 36 ounces of cold water to the mix. It will help cool it down. Once the apple brine is at room temperature, add the grilling meats. Then place the whole kit and caboodle into the fridge. Let center cut chops marinate in the fruity brine overnight or for up to 24 hours. Afterward, take the pork chops out of the apple brine and cook them as you please. To learn more about delicious, center cut chops and other premium meats, please contact Deli Direct® today.

Did you know that Meat Week and National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Week both kickoff this month? It’s true. The first weekly observance normally begins on the 25th and the second one starts on the 26th. So why not stock up on grilling meats and other treats that are perfect for filling up your favorite cowhands’ saddlebags? We’ve got a list together for you filled with goodies sure to put even wily sidewinders on their best behavior:

NY Strip Steak

Tops on any red-blooded cowhand and meat lovers’ list has to be 8-ounce NY strip steaks. That’s why we’re starting our list off with them too. We’ve got 10-count cases of USDA Choice baby! They’re hand cut from the most juicy, marbleized sections of the cow and sealed at the peak of flavor. So don’t let your resident chuck wagon cook overdo it with the spices or marinades. As a matter of fact, we’d suggest preparing them with nothing but our signature charbroiled flavor seasoning.

Smoked Curls & Sticks

Next on our list are smoked curls and sticks. They’re perfect for urban cowpokes as well as those who truly live on the range. Plus, they come in two fantastic varieties, beef and pepperoni. Consequently, you can let them sit on a southwestern meat platter bareback or saddled with a smidgen of spicy Santa Fe Sauce.

Shredded Beef Jerky

Shredded beef jerky is another item that would be wonderful for cowhands on the run. The expertly prepared jerky comes in 3.84-ounce cans, which can easily fit in saddlebags, pockets and purses. Plus, the tins can be saved after the jerky is gone and repurposed as your family sees fit.

Center Cut Chops

Okay, so we know that many range riders prefer beef but we can’t leave beautiful, 7-ounce, center cut pork chops off of our list. After all, back in the day, cowboys and gals were known to eat wild or domestic hogs too. To add to the “home on the range” ambiance, top them with some of Big Bad Bubbas BBQ Sauce and serve them with a side of beans.

Specialty Dips

Oh, and for a final flourish, don’t forget to break out the dips. Two great ones to consider serving this month are Gringo Guacamole and Western Ranch. They’d taste wonderful with everything from thick steak fries and tortilla chips to freshly cut vegetables. Hey, cowhands have to eat their greens too!

To learn more about these products and others that would be ideal for January’s more unconventional celebrations, please contact us at Deli Direct today!

I am ecstatic by the fact that I can count the number of days until spring on one hand! With daylight saving time behind us and the sunset coming later and later it makes me itch to get outside and throw this years first spring party! Below I will go into detail about some great tips I have learned over the years on throwing what some may call the BEST spring party ever!

√ Send Out The Invites

The best way to have a great party is to have great people there, so don’t forget to invite all of your friends and family! Make sure to send out an invitation at least three weeks prior to the party. You don’t want to send them out too early though; it won’t be fun if your friends bury your invite in the old mail pile. IMPORTANT: make sure to put an RSVP on your invite!

√ Esthetics Of The Party

This does not need to be a major concern but a little effort will go a very long way. You can go anywhere from a full out themed spring fling to a casual laid back get together. No matter what you choose some set up would be nice and will not go unnoticed. Lets admit that no one really has a beautiful folding table or plastic chairs so just make sure to set out your seat cushions on the chairs that need it and a simple tablecloth will bring that ugly table up to party status. Put out some citronella candles to keep those pesky mosquitos out of your party and some twinkle lights will create the perfect atmosphere at dusk. If you really want to commit you can even get festive plates, cups and napkins!

√ Timing Is Everything

At an outdoor party stress is the last thing that you want to find there. To make sure there is a casual atmosphere with you and your guests give a window of time for your guests to arrive. A rigid schedule will only bring the dreaded unwanted stress. Set up your party to kick off sometime in the early afternoon around 1pm and mention in your invite for your guests to arrive anytime after one. They will start showing up anywhere from on time to an hour or so later, this way you won’t be bombarded with everyone arriving at once.

√ Don’t Catch Yourself Off Guard

With sending out the invites (of course including the RSVP) you will have a good idea of who is attending. With that prep ahead as much as possible! Nothing is worse than having all of your friends and family around you and you’re running around like a chicken with its head cut off trying to get things set up. Plan out your menu well in advance, and get a variety of things that can be prepared ahead of time. A great option for that is the Incredible Party Favorites or the Deli Direct Grand Holiday Happiness. It is important to prep the gilled items ahead of time so that grilling is the only step left to do. Also make sure you have enough charcoal for the day and make sure you heat the grill so its set to go when guests arrive.

√ Lets Not Forget The Meat

It’s not like the four previous points weren’t important, but lets get onto what is really important here. Meat! Barbecuing is a must for me, especially with my opening spring party! My main rule with barbecuing is making easy, quick to cook, and delicious food! Some great options that I find fill my criteria above is the Cookout Trio Gift which includes your chose of any three of; Deli Direct All Beef Wieners, Polish Kielbasa, German Style Cooked White Bratwurst, and the ever delicious Cheddar and Jalapeño Smoked Bratwurst. If you want to branch out with more grilling options a great choice is Grilling Bonanza. This delectable option includes 4 USDA boneless New York Strip Steaks, 4 USDA boneless Pork Chops, Smoked Polish Kielbasa, German Style Sheboygan Brats, Pure Beef Hot Dogs, BBQ Sauce, Southwestern Mustard, and Cutting Board.

√ Last But Definitely Not Least

A great party needs to include some alcohol. You can go two ways on this. On one hand you can provide all of the refreshments from beer to other libations or you can leave this up to your guests. It is a great way to have them contribute to the day and that way they will definitely have what they want. The cost of a party can sneak up on you so I find that option two is the way to go and it has always worked out perfectly. With that being said I always make sure to have a little something to get us going.

It’s important to remember that a party is not a party without some good tunes! Make a playlist of some great songs that will keep your party on the right track!


Worst

A Tie

Seriously? Even if Dad wears a tie to work every day, that doesn’t mean he wants to be reminded of that fact all the time. Giving your dad a tie on Father’s Day is like giving your best friend a candle or a pack of gum. It says, “I just don’t know you that well,” or, “I didn’t put any thought into this.” You’d be better off with just a card than another piece of neck silk, even if it has a really nice pattern.

Useless Office Knickknacks

Why is work the go-to genre for gifts for men? In case you’re wondering, I’ll spell it out for you: Dad doesn’t want another picture frame, paperweight, paperclip dispenser, or novelty coin bank. His cubicle has enough going on without a statue of Calvin peeing on something. Put it back on the store shelf and walk away. Your dad will thank you.

A Handmade Craft— From an Adult Child

Unless you’re a world-class knitter and your dad loves hats, there’s not a lot of wiggle room on this one. Beyond about age 10 it’s pretty lame for Dad to receive a painted set of hand prints, even if it does make a butterfly. And a lot of the stuff you might be tempted to make will likely fall under the “Useless Office Knickknacks” category. If you’re truly a master carpenter and you can build something outstanding, go for it. Otherwise, pass on hand-making your Dad’s gift.

Best

Meat

I don’t know how else to say it—men love meat. What father wouldn’t be thrilled to receive New York strip steak, center cut pork chops, or cheddar and jalapeno smoked bratwurst? Giving the gift of fine grilling meats gives dad the chance to do two of the things he loves most- grill, and then eat.

Barbeque Sauce

I saw something online the other day that screamed “Dad” to me: a father's day bbq gift basket. Whoever thought of this is a genius (wink wink). It comes with a bunch of different sauces, including spicy, zesty and horseradish varieties. I don’t know about your dad, but my dad is a connoisseur of sauces, and he would flip his lid to get a father's day bbq gift basket rather than another box of golf tees.

Beer

Nothing says “I love you and accept you for who you are” like a beer ice bucket full of Dad’s favorite snacks. Your mom may roll her eyes or “tisk tisk” him and his snacking habits, but you can show him your unconditional love in a way he’s sure to understand: through food! Pick up a Budweiser or Rolling Rock beer bucket, fill it with cold ones or snacks, and watch a smile light up his face.

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