With all the care and effort put into making the best beef possible, you assume that health is the last thing that the Local Yocal staff would want you to think about. But their mission to perfect beef isn’t just about amazing flavor -- it’s also about putting a healthier brisket on your plate. You know all those Omega-3 fats that doctors keep telling you to eat? The yin to their yang is Omega-6 fats, which are all over our current diets. A ratio of 1:1 is ideal in avoiding heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, but most people have something closer to a 15:1 ratio in favor of the Omega-6.
Hamilton breaks down the science: “You get an Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio of 1:1 on grass-fed. You take that steer and put them in a feedlot and it’s gonna go 15:1 or even 20:1. We do work with corn-fed Wagyu, but they can keep a 1:1 ratio even on corn feed.” So if the richest-looking beef in the world turns out to be healthier than most of the competition... maybe a good butcher can keep you guilt-free next time you skip the surf and go all turf?
The biggest thing Hamilton (and probably all butchers) want to stress is that whatever you can budget for a reliable butcher is worth it. “Some people get overwhelmed by ‘I can’t afford to eat like this’,” says Hamilton. “But can you take $50 a month to spend differently instead of at a big store? If the 7 million people in the Dallas-Fort Worth area did that, do you know how much of a difference that would make? But they get overwhelmed and then decide to do nothing. Something is better than nothing.”
There are cuts and grinds for every budget to eat well. Adjust your plans to eat meat better, not more. Would you rather feed each guest at your backyard grilling party a terrible steak or the best burgers of their lives instead?
You might even be inspired to carefully select a brisket and heed the experts’ advice on how to make it perfect. A good butcher might not be an everyday stop, but next time you’re gonna eat at a crappy restaurant... go to your local butcher and see what a damn good piece of meat tastes like instead.