Episode 50: The Art of Butchery


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This episode is something I've wanted to do since the Meatcast began, 50 episodes ago! This week, we cover the art of butchery with butcher and restaurant owner, Ben Runkle, from the award-winning Salt & Time butchery and restaurant in Austin, Texas. Butchery plays such an incredible role in our daily lives, yet most of us give it little thought or attention. The art of butchery all but vanished in the United States, but has seen an incredible resurgence thanks to folks like Ben and communities like EPIC’s! During our conversation Ben and I discuss….

  • His journey from veganism to butchery!
  • A butcher vs. a “meat cutter”
  • What should we be looking for in our local butchers?
  • What are some of the most underrated cuts of meat?

If you’ve ever eaten a piece of meat, and wondered about the role proper butchery plays in how that meat tastes, how it chews, and the life it led prior to your palate and plate -- listen in!

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Relevant Links

Salt & Time

How Salt & Time Ramped Up New Wave Butchery in Austin