Here at Traeger, we L.O.V.E. good barbecue. We pursue and develop flavors and recipes that will leave you absolutely satisfied. We try our best to pass on helpful tips and useful nuggets of knowledge that have been gleaned from years of trial and error.
Today we are going to share with you one of the most fundamental tidbits of information that can really alter your Traeger experience from awesome to seriously awesome. Are you ready?
The Quality of Your Meat Makes a Difference!
Whether you are cooking beef, pork, or chicken it is the quality of your meat that is going to elevate the flavor and texture of your final product to the sublime. Whenever possible, be in control of what meat will be going on your Traeger.
One of the best ways to do just that is by buying local. It may not be something you are used to, but buying from local farms allows you to have so much more information about what you will be eating. Who really knows where your crayovaced bag of brisket has been?? Buying local allows you to have a direct relationship with the person who raised your livestock. You will know what they ate (grass fed beef has similar caloric value to skinless chicken and contains higher levels of healthy Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids). You will know how they exercised (free-range chickens vs. caged).
Essentially, buying local livestock allows you to have a lot of information, a fresh product, and a good feeling in your heart for supporting local farmers in your community. Not to mention, your final product will just taste better!
To help you out with exploring more options for buying from your local animal stock, check out this AMAZING resource of local farms in each state from TipsforBBQ.com.