Dinner: Beef


By Alton Brown

Preheat oven to 325

Pulse together in food processor:
6 oz garlic flavored croutons
½ tsp. black pepper
½ tsp cayenne
1 tsp. chili
1 tsp. dry thyme

Pour into a large bowl.
Pulse together until rough chop:
½ onion rough chop
1 carrot broken
3 cloves garlic
½ red pepper chunks

Add to bread crumbs.

1:1 chuck to sirloin 18 oz. each
Pulse in food processor 10 times

Add meat to other ingredients

Sprinkle 1 ½ tsp. kosher salt on top of meat and mix it all up.

Add only ONE egg or it will fall apart

Toss but don’t smash meat

Pack into loaf pan, press, and unmold onto parchment lined jelly roll pan.

Temp management is important or it will crumble!

Use probe thermometer inserted at 45 degree angle into middle of loaf.

Cook at 325 until 155 degrees.

½ c. ketchup
1 Tlb. Cumin
Shot of worchestershire
Shot of hot sauce
1 Tlb. Honey

Apply after about 10 minutes of cooking

Rest before cutting

Note: To bake: start with a cookie sheet. Add a piece of foil. Place a baking rack on top followed by another piece of foil. Poke holes in the top foil where the baking rack holes are. Place your meat on top of this. It will drain the fat off while you cook and create easy cleanup.


by Alton Brown
½ pound ground round beef
½ pound ground pork (butt)
½ pound lamb shoulder roast

½ tsp. red pepper flake
1 ½ tsp. dried parsley
1 ½ tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. kosher salt
½ c. finely grated parmesan cheese

1 whole egg
5 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
½ c. dried bread crumbs (stale bread chopped in blender)
½ to start with, ½ later

Mix gently, don’t squeeze. Put in fridge over night or 2 hours.

Mound into 1 ½ oz. portions. Wear gloves. Roll gently to make a ball.

Roll in breadcrumbs.

Bake in 400 degree oven. Place in mini muffin tin. Meat ball should be suspended in the slot so there’s space. Bake for 20 minutes.

Note: I bake these as following: start with a cookie sheet. Place a piece of foil on top. Top with a cooling rack that has a grid. Spray with nonstick spray. Place the meatballs on the cooling rack to bake.

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