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Summer Grilling Guide

Summertime means grilling time. After all, is it really summer until you’ve fired up the Weber for the first time? To make sure you are armed and ready, Joe’s executive chefs have created a summer grilling guide, providing you tips and tricks to take your summer barbecues to the next level.

Always remove meat from the fridge 30 minutes before grilling in order to ensure it comes up to temp. It will help the meat to cook more evenly. – Mark Lord, Joe’s Las Vegas Executive Chef

Maintaining a clean grill will result in a higher quality product. Debris left in grill will continue to char and could add off flavors to your food. Heat will maintain more consistent if your working with a clean grill. – Justin Diglia, Joe’s Chicago Executive Chef

Always use a thermometer to temp your steaks. 125 degrees is a good medium. Use that as a benchmark, and remember steaks tend to go up 5-10 degrees after you take them off the grill. – Chris Morvis, Joe’s DC Executive Chef 

I always keep a spray bottle of water near by to put out any flare ups. Charred meats = bitter flavor. – M.L.

You don’t cook with your oven door open, so similarly you don’t want to grill with the top open. Keeping the grill closed helps control and regulate the heat. – J.D.

Don’t babysit the meats. Avoid constantly opening the lid and flipping or moving the meat around. Flip meats once and let the grill do the work. – M.L.

It’s one of the simplest tips, but also one of the biggest mistakes people make: rest your steak after removing it from grill. This allows juices to redistribute and ensures you don’t leave all the flavor on the plate from cutting into it too soon. – C.M. 

A go-to, affordable cut of meat to feed the family? Tri Tip! Just be sure to cut against the grain. And for dessert: Honey and Bourbon Grilled Peaches with Vanilla Ice Cream. Toss peaches in honey, bourbon brown sugar and cinnamon. Grill 2-3 minutes and serve over vanilla ice cream! – M.L.

Happy Grilling!

Pie It Forward™

This month at Joe’s, Pie it ForwardTM with a slice of our seasonal Blueberry Pie. A traditional pie crust is filled with Michigan blueberries, topped with a lemon-streusel crust and finished with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Joe’s will donate $1 from every slice sold to the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, dedicated to raising money for cancer research and providing support to children and their families battling the disease…#pieitforward

 

Bloomberg Pursuits: The Best Steaks in Chicago

From Bloomberg Pursuits: Joe’s might be best known for its crab claws (the Miami flagship is the second-highest-grossing restaurant in the country, after Tao in Vegas. But Boston’s Ken Oringer favors the River North location for the opportunity to have the ultimate surf and turf meal. “For steak, I go to Joe’s Stone Crab,” enthuses Oringer. “Any place where I can get stone crab like Joe’s to start a meal and finish with a porterhouse (30 oz, $74.95) is the perfect spot for me. I go for their prime dry aged corn fed beef; it’s got a secret seasoning salt.”

Recommended by chef/owner Ken Oringer of Toro, Boston and New York.

Read the full article here.

Wine Spectator: Sommelier Talk with Kevin Bratt

Deemed the Surf-n-Turf Sipping Specialist, Wine Spectator recently sat down with Joe’s Concept Beverage Director, Kevin Bratt, for their ongoing series: Sommelier Talk. Click here to read more about his award-winning career, wine philosophies, and what initially sparked his interest in the business.

Business Insider: The Best Steakhouse Every State

Via BusinessInsider.com: Joe’s in Chicago does surf as well as it does turf. Customers praise the beef and seafood equally — you “can’t go wrong on the menu choice,” says one on Foursquare. Finish off the meal with the signature key lime pie. Read more here.