Mixon’s a pro, of course, and with the help of the Local Yocal staff, learned what makes for a nice hunk of meat that can show off the power of barbecue at the Royal. But for the average person walking into a butcher shop, where does someone start the road from learning more than “filet, strip, or ribeye”? If you want to up your meat game, it’s not going to happen at the grocery store. Just like a gas station isn’t going to carry caviar, your local grocer is only going to stock the most popular or affordable cuts.
If you really want to ascend Flavor Mountain, then your local butcher is the only sherpa you should trust to take you there. A good butcher has irreplaceable knowledge from working with the meat at all stages. They know what goes into a good cut ahead of time, and what you need to do when you take it home to not screw it up.