The result of your grilling or smoking is as good as your preparations.
Using a high-quality cooking knife is one of the things that can improve our cooking in and outside.
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That is why I spend a good amount of money on my knives. I have found one brand that I like most and almost all my knives are from that brand.
There are few basic knives you need for preparing your meat for the grill or smoker
- Boning knife
- paring knife
- Knife for cutting your cooked meat
Here is my personal choice.
Wusthof Boning knife
This is, in my opinion, the best boning knife especially for chicken and other poultry.
You know how hard it sometimes is to cut through bones in a chicken or turkey.
I promise you that with this knife you will have a lot fewer problems.
There is also a Wusthof BBQ knife set available.
This boning knife is made of Forged high carbon stainless steel.
Forged means hammered and not just stamped out of a mold, as many other companies do. I read somewhere that a forged carbon stainless steel knife can break when it falls on a hard surface. Although I have not found any proof of that I still thought I should mention it.
The handle is made of composite material and nothing special, but a little better quality.
The knife can be washed in the dishwasher but I learned from a chef that it is better to wash your knives by hand. This will keep them longer sharp.
This knife comes in 5 and 6 inches, and both are very flexible. I prefer the six-inch, but you might like the 5 inches better.
The knife is expensive but worth every penny you spend on it.
I found that several users give this flexible boning knife an average of 4.9 stars out of 5.
Wusthof paring knife
There is nothing you need more for prepping than a good paring knife.
This Wusthof 3.5-inch paring knife comes with a pointed blade and is also made of forged high carbon stainless steel.
The handle is pretty standard but works well. The shape of it is not much better than cheaper brands, but it feels good.
Like I mentioned about it can be used in the dishwasher, but I do recommend washing it by hand.
I have seen over 470 users that give it a 4.8-star rating on average
Having a good paring knife is a very important part of cooking and will improve the overall quality of your cooking.
Best knife for cutting ribs and brisket
When it comes to cutting ribs, briskets, and other larger cuts of meat I prefer the Victorinox 12 inch Granton.
This knife is made in Switzerland and made out of high carbon stainless steel, with a Granton edge. These are the little dimples you see on the side and this improves the cut by separating the knife better from the blade.
The handle is called a firebox handle and this means slip-resistant and ergonomic. All great but it just cuts real good and straight.
Cheaper knives often cut not straight or slice not good enough. With this knife, you will no have that problem.
4.8 stars from over 720 users is a pretty good score
Wursthof knives production processes
How to sharpen and keep your knives sharp
- High carbon steel for coarse grinding
- Ceramic rods for honing
The rubber base makes sure it will not run all over the countertop. Very affordable to sharpen all your knives and scissors.
personally I like to use a steel knife sharpener in between using my knife and when I feel it needs a little touch-up.
Although they are very inexpensive most people do not have one.
Here is a video on how to use a steel in between your cutting.
Here is a link to a Cheap but good stainless steel knife sharper on Amazon for around 10 dollars.
Eddie van Aken
Eddie van Aken has run his own full-service restaurant for many years. Before that, he worked as a grill and buffet cook in some of the mainstream restaurants. With his experience using professional kitchen equipment, he is able to write expert reviews. You can read more about Eddie van Aken here.