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  • Beef, Pork, Chicken, or Fish. What Should I Cook?

    Grilled Beef with Tomato and AsparagusThere are a lot of recipes that one could choose to cook for an everyday meal or perhaps, for a special occasion. Being the host of an event at home, one should give time for the preparation of food and this includes considering the best meat for the specific type of dish. It is also important to consider the specific age group of the guests as well as their nationalities so as not to displease them so that everyone can enjoy the food served.

    Tailor Your Menu To Your Guests
    When hosting a party, it can’t be helped that your guests will prefer a different foods. You, as the host of the gathering have the task of creating a variety of dishes to be able to satisfy everyone’s tastes. If you are thinking of a variety of recipes to cook, then you might as well consider choosing the best type of meat for a specific recipe.

    If you are planning to include steak in your menu, you might want to consider the cut of the beef when buying one. A high-end steak that is commonly used is the filet mignon or the beef tenderloin. This cut is among the most tender cuts of a beef available. Often, this is round in appearance. The New York Strip Steak is another variant. This one features a long marbled cut of meat while having a strip of fat along its side. Adding to these would be the famous T-Bone steak and Porterhouse steak which are chukier and bigger cuts of meat. These kinds of steak have  bones in them, situated along the center. It appears marbled and is tender throughout.

    If you are planning to cook a whole chicken, then you might want to choose the one with a rounded, plump breast as this would contain more breast meat. On the other hand, if you are planning to purchase specific chicken cuts, then choose the ones that are plump and still moist. Another thing that you should take into consideration is the freshness of the chicken. You will know that a chicken is fresh or not through its bones. Looking at the ends of the bones, the more pink the color, the fresher the chicken.

    How Old Are Your Guests?
    If you are preparing a lunch or dinner party for the kids, then you should probably not forget to use chicken meat as this seems to be the favorite food for kids. Since children are very active, their nutritional requirements are substantial. Being active is a good thing, but we must encourage our children to take in more good quality nutritious foods. Serving chicken is great, but you should also vary the meats that the children are eating as different food groups offer different amounts of nutrients that the body needs.

    From birth to toddler and towards the adolescent years, these are the times when more protein intake is needed to nourish the body. Proteins are required in building new tissues. During these ages, the person is going through a series of rapid growth and development.  As we grow older, the body’s metabolism slows down. Thus, reducing the intake which is needed while retaining the total amount of protein needed by the body.

    Talking about the need to take in a larger amounts of protein, tuna has the highest protein content among all other fish. Specifically the Bluefin species which have a protein content of 29.91 g per 100 g of dry cooked fish.

    Where Are Your Guests From?
    Nearly 75% of the total meat consumption in China is pork. So, if you are having guests from China, then better cook a dish where the main ingredient is pork as it is considered to be their meat of choice. Germans also prefer pork over other kinds of meat such as beef and poultry. Indians prefer chicken more. In fact, one of the most popular dishes in India is the Chicken Curry that is mixed with tomato-sauce.

    Make sure that when you purchase beef, choose the one that is in a bright red in color and firm to touch. This signifies the beef’s level of freshness as soft meats have possibly been on the shelf for too long.

    On the other hand, for you to be a good chicken cook, know what type of chicken you are cooking with as age and weight matter for this kind of meat. Younger chickens can be cooked quickly as they are already tender while older chickens needs to be cooked slowly to make them tender.

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  • So Saucey! Options For Sauces To Use With Your Meat

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    Nearly all of us would enjoy dining together with our family for a barbecue. There are a lot of sauce choices that we can include that would go perfectly with our food, and be enjoyed by friends and family that we get to spend time with. If you are on the verge of planning for a great barbecue experience then you will need to find the perfect sauce that would go with your meat. With a wide array of barbecue sauces available, it can be hard for you to discern what the best choice is. Learn the best barbecue sauce for various meat varieties by reading on the article below.

    Be the master of the grill the way you want to be! Everybody will surely love the bbq dishes you’ll prepare once you pair your meats with the right kind of sauce and seasonings. That way you will be able to cook food that each guest will love and remember you as their barbeque hero!

    In order for you to acquire the best bbq sauce recipe, you first need to purchase the right type of meat to prepare. Afterwards, you can choose the bbq sauce that you and your family would enjoy the most. Another consideration when opting for a bbq sauce would be choosing between a spicy or sweet recipe. Some meats would go well with hot sauce, curry powder, red pepper or mustard so as to boost the flavour and aroma of the meat once cooked. Take into account those who will be eating the dishes you’ll prepare.

    Once you have created the bbq sauce for your meat, a good thing would be to plan when you’ll sauce the meat that you are cooking. Some sauces may be easily burnt while others may alter its flavour once exposed to heat. Needless to say, it is important for you to know which sauce is best for each type of meat. That way you will save time and hassle, or even guilt or embarrassment due to an ineffective bbq sauce recipe that wouldn’t compliment well with the meat you used.

    Remember also that you need to marinate some meat before cooking. That way all the seasoning, herbs and spices will seep inside the core of the meat. This will also help retain the juices and flavours of the meat without a dry texture once it’s fully cooked. Sauces that contain large amounts of brown sugar are easily burnt. Should you have prepared a sauce with a sugar base, it would be wise to do all the saucing after grilling the meat or on the near end of cooking so as to prevent burning the barbecue sauce that will potentially ruin the flavour of the meal.

    To help you enjoy your barbecue menu, select among the best barbecue sauce options provided below.

    What Is The Best Sauce For Beef?
    Most BBQ fans would certainly favour beef cuts that are marinated in soy and vinegar with a kick of sweetness and pepper to match. You would only need 4 basic ingredients for this wonderful combo! Mix in 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, 3 tablespoons of mustard, half a cup of soy sauce mixed in vinegar.  This is the perfect barbecue sauce for lean meats such as beef.  

    What Is The Best Sauce For Lamb?
    This is by far the top recommended sauce to compliment lamb chops. Chop up some fresh tomatoes; add basil leaves, 5 tablespoons of fresh tomato sauce, 2 tablespoon of brown sugar, 3 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce and fresh rosemary for this hearty lamb delicacy. Pour this sauce over your grilled lamb chops and bake at 180 degrees for 10 minutes until tender. You will certainly be pleased with the flavours, especially when you drizzle the base with olive oil and ground pepper to match.

    What Is The Best Sauce For Chicken?
    Chicken meat is known for its versatility since it can take on different spices and sauces for flavour. Apart from its inexpensive price in the market, you can be creative with it. Should you grill it or smoke it for a couple of hours, the flavours would infuse within the meat yet it stays soft with lots of flavour. 

    The best bet for chicken barbecue sauce would be to mix 1 cup of cider vinegar to half a cup of ketchup. Mix in 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and hot pepper sauce. Don’t forget to drizzle with a spoon of melted butter and soy to taste. Swirl it all in and give it a try on your grilled chicken. You will surely love this recipe.

    What Is The Best Sauce Of Fish?
    When it comes to fish, you would want to make sure that you won’t overdo the grilling method to prevent burning the meat. Try this rich and thick barbecue sauce to go with any sort of grilled fish meal that you are planning to prepare.  The main base for this recipe would be 1 tablespoon of honey, slices of ginger, half cup of Asian soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, plus a pinch of salt and sugar. This is relatively sweet yet with a slight hint of rich, tangy flavour that will make you crave more!

    Here at Meat Cart, we guarantee that clients obtain only the best quality meats. Choose among our wide variety of meat and seafood products to compliment these barbecue sauces we have for you. Each is specifically selected and is a must try for you, your family and friends.

  • A very Meaty Christmas

    Meatcart's deliciously meaty ideas for the holiday season

    Ham it up
    Why would you serve up packet ham during the Christmas season? That's a bit like Santa Claus arriving at your house sporting a goatee instead of a big bushy beard. It's just not cricket.

    So grab one of Meatcart's Half Leg Hams. There's nothing like fresh ham off the bone with traditional smoke and all natural flavour. If you've forgotten what it tastes like, you're in for a treat. Part of the joy of leg ham is all the delicious condiments that go with it. We love a good tomato relish or mango chutney. Next time you're wandering your local produce markets look out for some tasty homemade chutneys and relishes.

    Get roasted
    A Christmas Day roast really makes your lunch or dinner gathering feel like a special occasion and Meatcart has some beauties.

    Our lamb roasts come in three styles. Bone In Leg is the traditional roast, Boned & Rolled Leg is the more convenient option, and our Marinated Lamb Leg is a butterflied roast great for your Weber or open BBQ on slow heat.

    In the popularity steaks, Bolar Beef roast is hard to beat. For extra taste you can sear the outside before slow roasting in the oven. And if you love your Weber BBQ our Bone & Rolled Leg pork roast is ideal. Everyone loves crackling and our legs are all scored, so you just need to rub with oil and salt the skin before roasting.

    BBQ delights
    New Years Day, Boxing Day, almost any day in Brisbane is great for a barbie.

    For beef lovers you could go the classic route with cuts like T-bone and Rump steaks, always crowd pleasers. But it's Christmas, so why not go all out with some of our OP Rib Steak - tender young beef on the bone cut thick for the serious meat eater.

    Or for something different, have you ever tried roasting ribs on your BBQ? Meatcart has a choice of Belly Spare Ribs or American Ribs, the latter going great with a brilliant marinade made from a certain famous fizzy black drink (see the recipe below). Pop your ribs on the barbie, drop the lid and then distribute to hungry guests.

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    RECIPE - Cola Marinade for pork ribs

    4 lbs pork ribs
    3 cups Coca-Cola or other cola
    3 cups tomato sauce
    1 cup packed dark brown sugar
    6 tablespoons chili powder
    4 tablespoons ground black pepper
    2 tablespoons dry mustard
    1 tablespoons ground cinnamon


    1. Transfer the ribs to a large non-reactive glass or ceramic dish pour 2 cups of cola over them. Reserve the third cup of the cola for a sauce to be made later. Let the ribs marinate, tightly covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated, overnight.

    2. Pour the remaining 1 cup of cola into a blender or food processor and add the tomato sauce, brown sugar, chilli powder, pepper, dry mustard, and cinnamon. Mix until smooth and well blended.

    3. Put the ribs in a roasting pan that has been coated with cooking spray, brush with the sauce, and roast covered at 225 degrees Celsius oven for about 2 1/2 hours until very tender. (Can be done the day before. )

    4. To finish, grill over high heat, basting with the uncooked sauce until the outside is crispy, about 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile simmer the unused sauce for about 20 minute until a little thick.

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