Last Updated on September 2, 2021
Heading into the fall, we know that finding time to enjoy incredible meals together can be a challenge. This is especially true with crazy commutes, work-from-home balancing, back-to-school meal planning, and kids sports schedules—not to mention the occasional tailgate or picnic.
With that in mind, we are excited to share some of the new products available to ButcherBox members. First, new additions to our ButcherBox Complete offerings: a trio of pre-cooked, smoky barbecue favorites that make dinner planning so much easier. Also, we want to officially introduce our ground chicken that is perfect for an array of tasty and unique recipes.
Pit-Smoked and Seasoned St. Louis-Style Ribs
This is an amazing way to cook one of America’s favorite barbecue classics, smoked ribs, right at home. Our St. Louis-style pork ribs are fully cooked, pit-smoked, and dry-rubbed with sea salt, black pepper, coriander, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne, and paprika.
With these ribs, you won’t have to wait hours for the delicious St. Louis barbecue taste. And, they are made with high-quality pork raised crate-free .
They’re fully pre-cooked, so you won’t have to wait all day for that amazing slow-cooked, smoky flavor. Simply heat and serve.
Ribs Cooking Tips
These ribs are easy to cook in a conventional oven following the steps below. You can also heat them in a microwave with a little water in a microwave-safe dish—instructions are on the package.
- Thaw the ribs in your refrigerator overnight.
- Place in an oven-safe dish with ¼ cup of water, cover with foil, and place in an oven preheated to 350°F.
- Cook for 30-45 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 145°F as measured with a food thermometer.
- Remove foil and heat for an additional 5 minutes uncovered.
- Remove ribs from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes, then slice into individual pieces before serving. Enjoy!
Pit-Smoked and Seasoned Beef Brisket
Get ready to easily enjoy one of the staples of Texas barbecue: Smoked brisket. This fully-cooked, pit-smoked brisket has the dark brown to black exterior you’d expect to find at any reputable Texas barbecue joint as well as the quintessential grey interior and distinct pink smoke ring.
Just thaw in your refrigerator the day before cooking, follow the easy instructions to reheat, and lightly coat with your favorite sauce if you want more flavor. An added benefit: Your house is going to smell amazing!
Brisket Cooking Tips
- Defrost in refrigerator, and, when ready to reheat, preheat oven to 350°F.
- Remove the brisket from its packaging and place it into an oven-safe pan with 1/3 cup of water and cover tightly with foil.
- Heat for 13-15 minutes per pound; for instance, a 3-pound brisket would cook for approximately 39-45 minutes.
- Remove pan from oven once it reaches an internal temperature of 145°F and let the brisket rest for 5 minutes.
- Cut, serve, and enjoy!
Pit-Smoked and Seasoned Beef Brisket Burnt Ends
If you’ve ever had burnt ends, you know that they may be one of the most delectable barbecue dishes imagined by humans. Derived from the “point” of beef brisket, burnt ends are smoky and full of flavor and popular in regional barbecue traditions from Texas to Kansas City.
Like the brisket, these pre-cooked and lightly seasoned burnt ends are pit-smoked with a blend of hardwoods, including hickory. They arrive frozen and need to be thawed before cooking. Follow the instructions below for easy cooking or coat in your favorite sauce and grill for the type of caramelization that has made burnt ends a barbecue classic.
Burnt Ends Cooking Instructions
- Similar to the brisket, defrost in the refrigerator, and, when ready to cook, preheat oven to 350°F.
- Empty the burnt ends from the package, break apart pieces, and place them into an oven-safe pan with 1 tablespoon of water and cover tightly with foil.
- Cook for 13-15 minutes, remove foil and cook for an additional 12-15 minutes until they reach an internal temperature of 140°F. (Mix in a bit of barbecue sauce for the second round of cooking for added BBQ flavor.)
- Let the burnt ends rest for 2 minutes, drain off any excess liquid, and enjoy!
If cooking on a grill with barbecue sauce, turn occasionally until the internal temperature reaches 140°F.
Our organic ground chicken launched earlier this summer and can be used in dishes from meatballs to tacos, sausage to burgers, and much more.
The best ways to cook with ground chicken? Check out a couple of our favorite recipes: