My last trip to the Central Phoenix Farmer's Market the weekend after New Years, I hoped to snatch up a cornucopia of locally grown foods harvested just prior to the recent frost. While I did find some local celery, everything else was stuff I already had at home or don't particularly like, so I sauntered over to the JH Grass Fed Beef booth, run by John B Holbrook (link here). Mr Holbrook is a nice enough rancher. A friendly guy, he sells locally humanely raised lamb and beef from a large cooler on the back of his truck at the market. I've previously raved about Double Check Ranch's delicious pasture raised beef (here and here), but I always like to have "have a plan" and single sourcing can lead one into complacency with that single supplier or despair if that supplier goes out of business or has problems... so I thought I'd give Mr Holbrook a try.
I tried to keep a happy face on, and thought about how much better local, humanely raised food is compared to trucked in franken food from the industrial food complex... and Holbrook's webpage and his flyer handouts have pictures of him and his grand children on horseback... so it's good that I give him a break and try his food. "It'll be awesome".
Well, I grilled it up, and it was "OK". It wasn't bad, but I was not WOW'ed as I have been consistently with Double Check.
The heirloom fire roasted tomatoes, organic portabello mushrooms, organic yellow and red peppers, and organic scallions turned out wonderfully. Really tasty, really juicy, complimenting an OK steak. Made 2, ate one, stored the 2nd one in the fridge for dinner the next night - with a final futile hope that the flavors would all combine and enhance over-night. No such luck, the 2nd night was no better than the first night, maybe even slightly drier. Sigh. Strike 3.
For comparison sake, I grilled up more Double Check later in the week. I'd gotten the variety pack from double check of 10 lbs where they offer a substantial discount. I chose a chuck roast, and since I did not have enough time to slow roast it, I grilled it. yes, I know, you're not supposed to grill a roast... but I was pressed for time.
Notice how there's a gorgeous, thin layer of fat around the periphery of the cut. Double Check's butchers do a superb job. Each piece of meat is like a little work of art!
No additional butter or BBQ sauce needed. No salt or pepper required. Just delicious, local, low carb, humanely raised, organically fed, happy cows providing protein to a happy health conscious consumer.
1 year ago