Disclosure :: Blackbox Meats sponsored this post, but we were lucky enough to receive actual product as part of this relationship and therefore can attest personally as to how mouth-watering, delicious and efficient this service is. Take advantage of the discount code and treat yourself … this would make a great Father’s Day gift, too!
Blackbox Meats :: The Secret to Restaurant Quality Steak at Home
Those of us lucky enough to live in New Orleans get to live near some of the world’s best restaurants. Commander’s Palace, Emeril’s, and other top-tier joints draw critics from around the world, while we get to have them in our own backyard. Of course, affording a plate at one of these restaurants is another story altogether, and if you’re anything like us, your first reaction to those menu prices was indignance. $60 for steak, butter, and herbs? You thought, “I can do that!”
And truthfully, you’re probably right. But if you’ve gone down this path before, if you’ve perfected your reverse sear and your sous vide cooking, if you’ve basted filets in enough artisanal butter to feed an army, you’ve probably already noticed: it’s never quite the same. Somehow, those top steakhouses still do it better. There’s good news, though. It probably isn’t your technique.
It’s your meat.
You see, everyday people and restaurants don’t shop at the same stores. For one thing, restaurants get their meat for much cheaper than we do because they’re consistent, loyal, customers who buy in bulk. For another, most farms and wholesalers who deal with restaurants don’t even make their products available to the average person. That might sound strange at first. After all, who wouldn’t want more customers?
But premium products go to the people who know how to handle them. A $70 A5 Wagyu steak is a toe-curlingly delicious experience that you’ll never forget… if you manage to cook it right (and what a terrifying prospect that is!) Wholesalers want to give their best products to chefs who know how to get their real value.
And what is up with the pricing? How is it that a steak in a grocery store can cost as much as one that you can get cooked in a restaurant? It doesn’t make sense, and the food industry likes it that way.
All of these complicated industry factors make it pretty hard to get your hands on the best meat out there. Luckily, that’s starting to change.
If you aren’t friends with your local butcher, new services are making it easier than ever to get in touch with products from the elusive local farms and food service companies that serve our culinary cornerstones. While there are a few options out there, like meat shares, our new favorite service that we hands down recommend and endorse is Blackbox Meats.
Blackbox Meats Brings the Steakhouse Home
Unlike subscription services or meat shares, Blackbox Meats allows you to order the exact cuts you want a la carte. Blackbox Meats will let you order one filet at a time and enjoy next-day delivery. If bulk buying is your thing, Blackbox has you covered there, too. In addition to individual mouthwatering steaks, you can purchase 5 pound ribeyes and even get your bacon in bulk.
With Blackbox you can be confident you’re getting much better meat than you can get in stores, and you don’t even have to leave your house. They also offer discounts for bulk buyers: spend $250, and you’ll get free shipping on next-day delivery.
I grilled up some of the filets and strip steaks for my family (just salt and pepper for seasoning, as I wanted the beef flavor to shine through), and everyone agreed that they were incredibly delicious. Certainly better than the steaks from the grocery store that I usually buy! You may be skeptical about whether or not the quality is better, but you’ll never know until you try.