What? Not done with your holiday shopping? Yeah, neither are we. But we've been making lists -- and checking them twice -- and we've got some suggestions for the nice people on your list. Today, Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Meat Lover.
We all know that person. The person whose love affair with meat is much more than just a dinner preference. His or her deep-seated passion for all things carnivore has marinated over the years, seasoned with cookouts, barbecues, and the impulse purchase of a meat smoker. For the protein partisan in your life, we've put together a list of savory gifts that any serious meat-lover would enjoy.
Gift card to Joe's Real BBQ Thanks to Joe Johnston and the founding of Liberty Market, Joe's Farm Grill, and of course, Joe's Real BBQ, Gilbert has become a destination for hungry locals in search of honest-to-god real food. Joe's Real BBQ cooks its meat in Oyler pits that burn locally grown pecan wood , delivering signature flavor in an atmosphere that speaks to Arizona's agricultural history- no wonder it's been the go-to meating spot for almost 15 years.
Vintage Cow Diagram Print Just because you eat those animals doesn't mean you have to live like them. Add some much needed decor to your kitchen while still professing your love of all things meat with a letterpress beef cuts chart from Etsy ($24). It's straightforward, simple, and a much better alternative to hanging photos of the real thing. Trust us.
Gift card to Hobe Meats That's right, another gift card -- because your loved ones are not likely to appreciate a rotting T-bone steak sealed in snowflake wrapping paper.
Hobe Meats attests to a time when not everything was built into one-stop shopping. And if you're wondering why you shouldn't just get your meat from whatever generic grocery is closest to you, try asking the butcher behind the counter some detailed follow up questions. When he shoots a blank stare, you'll have your answer.
Hobe Meats offers a wide selection of cuts by a staff that's so knowledgable, they even blog about it. At Hobe, you can purchase gift cards at any value you see fit, and even ask for some tips on cooking your own holiday meal (assuming there's meat in it).
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A subscription to Meatpaper When meat turns from protein to poetic gesture, you know you're ready for a subscription to Meatpaper. This alternative magazine bypasses the standard recipes and reviews that you've come to expect in any food-focused publication and instead chooses to examine the art and ideology behind meat culture.
Inside each issue you can find such intriguing (and possibly disturbing) articles as "The Afterlife of Afterbirth: Notes on eating human placenta" and "Spam in a Can: A brief history of meat in orbit." A year subscription ($28) to this off the wall, on the bone paper can be purchased by visiting the Meatpaper online store.
Ad Hoc at Home Yes the act of cooking and eating meat is primal, but that doesn't mean we're born knowing how to do it right, which is why it's always best to seek culinary counsel from the professionals. Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc at Home ($29.48 on Amazon) features a large collection family-style recipes and isn't limited purely to meat based meals. Taking in a wide scope of comfort style dishes Ad Hoc offers everything from buttermilk fried chicken to pineapple upside down cake - just what all-you-can-meat eaters need to diversify their palette.