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The Food Lab: Slow-Smoked, 40-Ounce, Dry-Aged Porterhouse Steaks

Smoking is generally a method reserved for long-cooking, tough cuts like pork shoulder, ribs, or beef brisket, intended to deeply flavor and tenderize the meat over the course of a half day of cooking. But with a bit of finesse and a couple hours of free time, it's perfectly possible to get that same smoky flavor into a thick-cut steak and still have it come out perfectly medium-rare and juicy, so long as you play your cards right. Here's how it's done. More

Market Tour: Di Bruno Bros., Philadelphia

Di Bruno Brothers, a Philly fixture since FDR was in office, celebrated the grand opening of its newest location late last week by showing off what they did best—hawking rare Euro cheeses, stretching and braiding mozzarella by hand and, in a fit of D.O.P.-approved pyromania, filling wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano with flaming brandy for on-the-spot cheese sauce. Such showmanship is of a piece with the brand's dedication to customer service, which its owners will tell you is the key to it all. Click through the slideshow to take a tour of the market! More

Behind the Scenes at Sunnyside Meats, Colorado's Humane Slaughterhouse

What actually sets one cut of meat above another depends on at least two industries, and often many, many more, from livestock producers to feedlots, transportation companies, packing plants, buyers, distributors, markets, and all the way to home kitchens and restaurant tables. On a recent trip to Colorado, I had the opportunity to follow the trail from ranch to market and see what the chain of production looks like to one local community in the mountains of Southwestern Colorado. More

From the Archives: No-Holds-Barred Sunday Lasagna Bolognese

Serious Eats Art Director Robyn Lee made the questionable decision to construct my Lasagna Bolognese on a weeknight. Why questionable? Because the sauce alone needs to simmer for three hours before you can even begin to construct or bake the damned thing. "We didn't eat until 1 a.m. so we were really hungry and it tasted good," she said. Here's a promise: this stuff tastes really good even when it's not 1 a.m. and your last meal wasn't 12 hours ago. More

Video: How To Cook Steak In A Cooler With The Food Lab

There are countless good ways to cook a steak. So long as you start with good, high quality meat, season it properly, don't overcook it, and get a good sear on it, you can't really go wrong. But if your goal is the ultimate in tenderness and juiciness, a steak with a crisp, crackling, dark brown crust that cuts open to reveal flesh that's perfectly pink from edge to edge, then you're going to want to cook your steak sous-vide. Sound expensive? Think again. Watch the video or read the transcript to see how you can cook the best, most consistently foolproof steaks of your life, all in a $30 beer cooler. More

Grilling: Montreal Smoked Meat

Montreal smoked meat is, more or less, Montreal's answer to pastrami. As with pastrami, the smoked meat starts with a dry cure to let the salt and nitrites work their magic in the fridge for five days. But I find the Montreal meat's flavor to be even better, its diverse spice rub creating a more nuanced flavor that let the meat stand out. More

Grilling: Planked Meatloaf

The plank served mainly as a way to grill the meatloaf but the wood imparts a nice smokiness to the meatloaf. It's filled with even more flavor from the herb stuffing and a barbecue sauce glaze. More

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