Thursday, 30 May 2013


These Rangoon Racquet Club Indian Curry Sauces are new to Meat at Billy's and we're loving them. We thought we'd start off with this recipe because everyone loves a good Butter Chicken don't they?

If you like your curry sauces hot & spicy - try the Vindaloo. That one is guaranteed to warm you up!

Serves 8 people
 1.5kg chicken thigh fillets
 1 jar of Rangoon Racquet Club Butter Sauce
 ghee or vegetable oil
 150ml cream
 bunch of fresh coriander
 toasted almonds
 fried schallots
 steamed rice

1. Cut chicken thighs into four pieces.
2. Heat ghee or oil in a fry pan and brown chicken.
3. Add Rangoon Racquet Club Butter Sauce and heat through.
6. Add cream and reduce to the thickness of double cream.

Serving suggestions
Sprinkle with freshly chopped coriander, toasted almonds and fried schallots on top of steamed rice.

Thursday, 23 May 2013


This recipe comes courtesy of the Australian Pork website

4 pork forequarter chops
Salt and pepper

1 cup barbeque sauce
1 cup brown sugar
2 tblsp tomato paste
½ cup water
2 inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced finely
100ml bourbon whiskey

Cooking Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 170°C.
2. Cut the pork forequarter chops in half and season with salt and pepper.
3. Combine the barbeque sauce, brown sugar, tomato paste, water and ginger in a saucepan and stir over a medium heat until the liquid boils. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, before removing from the heat and cooling.
4. Barbeque or fry pork chops on a griddle pan for 4 minutes each side then place the chops into a greased baking dish.
5. Stir the bourbon into the prepared sauce and pour half the sauce over the pork chops. Bake the pork chops in a pre-heated oven at 170°C for 25 - 30 minutes turning and basting frequently.
6. Serve hot with extra sauce on the side.

Note: delicious served with potato salad and coleslaw.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013



Saturday 25th May


$8 per knife

Troy from A Wicked Edge Sharpening will be here to sharpen your knives and give them new life. He does such a good job, we even get him to do all of our butchering knives.


Dry aged beef is a term you might have heard more and more of in recent years. Put simply, it's a piece of meat hung in a strictly controlled environment and left to age for anything up to 80 days. Why would you do this? Well... it's all about the flavour. During the aging process, the meat's natural enzymes go to work breaking down certain structural muscle proteins and fat strands. Once this has happened, the beef then starts to dehydrate and this is what really intensifies the overall flavour of the beef. This dehydration element also effects the texture making it rich and dense.

The image above is a 36 day dry aged, 150 day grain fed, Angus Rib on the Bone. Billy took this home to try the first day we got some in and was just amazed by the intensity of flavour. Dry aged beef is something that Meat at Billy's is hoping to be able to offer more of in the future. Stay tuned!

Neil Perry, who is an expert on the subject (there are 15 tonnes of beef ageing in his three Bar & Grills at any one time) says, "the most important thing with good dry-aged beef is not to overcook it. The meat shouldn’t be cooked at more than medium-rare, and don’t rest it too long: there is little juice in the steak and it will dry out. So there you have it: a steak with amazing flavour and intensity and all it took was 80 days of patience. Oh, and did I say you need to start with amazing beef? So don’t try this at home, but go to butchers who age it for you".

Read more on the subect from Neil Perry here:


Thursday, 16 May 2013


We use this Moroccan Tagine Intense Flavour Paste a lot in the shop. It's made right here in Brisbane by a lady named Suzanne Quintner, who has been making Moroccan marinades, pastes & preserved lemons since well before it was popular to do so (-:

This is what we use on our our insanely popular, Moroccan lamb shanks that come pre marinated. We also sell it instore so you can try using it to marinate different things at home. It's made from onion, tomato, preserved lemons, Moroccan spices, honey, Australian vinegar, garlic, ginger & rose water.

I often get asked if you need a tagine to cook with this paste. The answer is absolutely not. While a tagine pot/dish looks beautiful, it is simply not required to cook these types of meals. A heavy based pot, casserole dish or slow cooker works in pretty much the same way.

Try the tagine paste with anything slow cooked - beef cheeks, lamb shanks, oxtail or even poultry. Try brushing a little on some quails before grilling them.

Serves 4

*Pick and choose your own vegetables here, there's no rules. You can use normal potato, throw in some pitted green olives & dates, cherry tomatoes - whatever takes your fancy really.

750g 3cm diced lamb shoulder
Half a jar of Suzanne Quinter Moroccan Tagine Paste
half a sweet potato chopped
1 brown onion cut into large chunks
3 cloves of garlic roughly chopped
eggplant cut into large chunks
Cup of chicken stock or water
bunch of fresh coriander
natural yoghurt (I prefer Meredith sheep milk yoghurt)

Preheat oven to 160 degrees.
Throw everything into heavy based casserole dish and cook for a couple of hours or until the lamb is soft and falls apart.

Throw everything into the pot and turn it on. You might need a little more liquid for this method.

Throw everything into a casserole pot. Bring to a gentle simmer with the lid and leave for a couple of hours or until the lamb is soft and falls apart.

*Serve on rice, cous cous, quinoa or freekah topped with fresh coriander and a dollop of yoghurt on the side.


This Masterstock from the Stock Merchant is a new favourite ingredient of mine. While it's probably simple enough to make yourself at home, in reality I usually just don't have the time.

Master Stock is traditionally used in Chinese cuisine to marinate, braise and poach meats including chicken, duck and pork. Well known chefs including Neil Perry and Kylie Kwong use Master Stock extensively in their cooking.

The Stock Merchant version is made by simmering their Free Range Chicken Stock with soy sauce, Shaoxing wine, a touch of sugar and eight different spices including star anise, mandarin peel, ginger, cassia bark and Sichuan pepper.

The result is an authentic and ready to use Master Stock, perfect for poultry, beef, pork or tofu.

Serves 4

This recipe really is super easy to prepare and cook. 2.5 hours might sound like a long time but you'll be rewarded with a soft as marshmallow, rich flavoured pork dish that your dinner guests will just love! The greens make it healthy too. Obviously.

1kg pork belly
500ml The Stock Merchant Free Range Masterstock
2 cups jasmine rice
2 bunches bok choy
2 finely chopped spring onions
diced fresh red chilli
handful of coriander leaves


Preheat oven to 140 degrees

Place pork belly into a heavy based casserole dish. It needs to fit snuggly in the pot. Pour the masterstock in over the pork belly. It needs to cover the pork so add a little extra chicken stock or water so it is just submerged in liquid. Cook for 2.5 hours.

While pork is cooking, prepare the rice and vegetables.

Serve the pork and vegetables on the rice and garnish with spring onions, chilli & coriander.