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5 Ways to Eat Outside with ButcherBox Complete

Last Updated on June 8, 2021

Summer is the season for eating outside with others. Whether you’re joining a backyard BBQ, a family picnic in the park, or an off-grid camping trip, there is one rule to cooking outdoors: the simpler the prep, the better. Our answer is ButcherBox Complete; a line of fully cooked products, made from the same 100% grass-fed beef and organic free-range chicken you’ve come to expect from us, specially prepared to ensure tenderness and flavor. These selections are easy to reheat and add to your favorite recipes, making them the perfect companion to a summer of outdoor entertaining.

Backyard BBQ with Grilled Chicken Breasts

ButcherBox Complete chicken on a bed of greens and veggies

BBQs are a summer staple, and grilled chicken breasts are always a big hit. With the pre-cooked ButcherBox Complete chicken breasts, you’ll go from fridge to plate in a fraction of the time, while still keeping all of that grill-smoked, juicy goodness. Thaw the chicken in the fridge overnight, grill for 2 minutes per side, and you’re ready to go! The chicken is seasoned with salt, black pepper, and parsley, leaving plenty of room for your favorite sauces. Pair it with your go-to BBQ side or brighten it up with this Summer Watermelon Salad.

Campfire with Tri-Tips

Tri-tip on a cutting board with a bowl of avocado pomegranate orange salsa on the side

Nothing beats the smoky flavor of meat cooked over an open fire. With our pre-cooked tri-tip, you can gain all the benefits of open-flame cooking without worrying about hotspots or undercooking. Because it is pre-cooked to medium rare, all you need to do is thaw it overnight, reheat it over the hot coals for 4–6 minutes per side, and then let it rest for 5 minutes before slicing. The tri-tip is seasoned with a spicy-sweet Santa Maria-inspired rub, and pairs nicely with an Orange, Pomegranate, and Avocado Salsa.

Car Camping Tacos with Fajita Strips

ButcherBox Complete beef fajita strips in a cast-iron panCar camping is the perfect hybrid of rugged and comfort. You can venture out into the beauty of the remote wild while still being able to prepare high-quality, delicious meals. Our pre-cooked fajita strips are lightly seasoned, cooked medium rare, and ideal for tacos, fajitas, or burritos. Thaw in the fridge overnight before you leave or in your on-the-road cooler. When it’s time to feast, sear lightly in a pan on your camp stove for 1–2 minutes a side.

Family Picnic with Flank Steak Salad and Sandwiches

flank steak on a cutting board with a bowl of pasta salad

With the warm weather rolling in, there’s no better time for a family picnic. ButcherBox Complete flank steak is the ideal picnic companion. Just thaw the flank steak overnight in the fridge, and then before you leave, sear or grill the steak for 2 minutes per side. Let it rest for 5 minutes before slicing. Then add the slices to a fresh salad, sandwiches, or a summery pasta salad.

Back-Porch Dinner with Sirloin Cap

ButcherBox Complete Montreal Sirloin Cap on a plate with green beans

No one wants to be tethered to the oven or stove while everyone else enjoys the sun and warmer weather. Pre-cooked sirloin cap is a simple solution when you’re having friends over for an outdoor dinner. Like the other beef cuts, thaw this cut overnight in the fridge, and then grill it for 4–6 minutes per side. If using a skillet, sear for 3–4 minutes per side, and then finish in a 350°F oven for 6–8 minutes. It’s seasoned with a traditional blend of salt, pepper, garlic, onion, coriander, and chili, but if you’re looking for an additional kick, serve it with a colorful Red Pepper Salsa.

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