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Crowd Cow Farm Select Ground Beef Sliders on the grill with corn
Crowd Cow Farm Select Ground Beef Sliders on the grill with corn

Crowd Cow select beef changes grilling game

The folks at Crowd Cow asked our senior staffers to give a flight of select beef samples a try on the grill, and we were happy to oblige.

The concept of the company and it’s select beef service is unique, and impressive.

Crowd Cow lets users buy a cow with friends. All the information about the cow is given up front — the breed, the style of beef and where it was raised, a small, independent ranch in the United States. Users pick the exact cuts wanted and is delivered via express shipping.

Talk about a new way to become a “steak” holder.

Inside the box, which is not a subscription-based service, but a unique, choice-driven service, meaning you pick what you want from a certain ranch or cuts of beef, was four sets of separate ranch ground beef.

Select ground beef was sent from Wolfe Brothers Farms, Long Story Farms, Burkes Garden Farm, and Gypsum Valley Wagyu Cattle Company.

The box arrived with one-pound, flash-frozen ground beef packages from the respective farms. There was not thawing and it arrived quickly after email notification of our shipment.

Despite the moderate cost, the quality of the beef (and amazing flavor) is extremely high, so the extra cost, as compared to a local grocer, may very well be worth it for more grillmasters.

Crowd Cow Select Beef Taste Test

On tap: Wolfe Brothers Farm

Crowd Cow — Wolfe Brothers Farm's Kris and Tony Wolfe.
Crowd Cow — Wolfe Brothers Farm’s Kris and Tony Wolfe.
Beef Comparison: Crowd Cow Wolfe Brothers Farm Select ground beef (left) and a 80/20 ground beef from local grocer.
Beef Comparison: Crowd Cow Wolfe Brothers Farm Select ground beef (left) and a 80/20 ground beef from local grocer.

With our first batch of select beef coming from Wolfe Brothers Farm, we opted to make sliders so several people could give the beef a try. We also threw in some store-bought 80/20 ground beef, just to keep a level playing field. We didn’t tell the guests which sliders were select or store bought.

The reactions were overwhelming.

Before we let loose with the Wolfe Brothers Farm Sliders recipe, let’s look at the actual brothers who make up this select beef farm.

Kris and Tony Wolfe are the two brothers behind Wolfe Brothers Farms, a grass-fed, grain-finished cattle farm on the border of Pennsylvania and New York. The pasture-based farming practice is built on a core philosophy:

We simply say, ‘Do unto others as you’d have them do to you.’ It’s exactly the same with dirt and cows. We are blessed as we nurture and care for the land and animals that we are responsible for here on this Earth.” – Kris Wolfe

Quality Cow = Select Beef

The cows thrive on the open pastures of hay, sorghum, and radishes. They’re finished on a healthy mix of grasses and grains, and produce delicious meat as a result. Kris and Tony believe in the idea of a blended feed, hand-mixing the cattle’s lunch and dinner every day to make sure each animal always gets a “complete bite” full of nutrients.

“Our beef has a really unique, wonderful taste,” Kris explains. “With some grain and lots of forages, including ancient plants like millet, you get marbling and deep, complex flavor that’s second to none.”

We have three other select farms to give a go, so check out those recipes and reviews.

Want more information about how Crowd Cow works? Check out their FAQ page.

Wolfe Brothers Farm Select Beef Sliders

Beef sliders and corn on the grill

 1 lb Select Ground Beef
 1 tsp Salt
 1 tsp Pepper
 1 tbsp Garlic Paste
 4 oz Pepper Jack Cheese
 4 oz Curry Ketchup
 6 Whole Wheat Slider Buns
 ½ Red Onion, thinly sliced
 1 Avocado, sliced

1

Add the ground beef to a large mixing bowl. Add garlic paste, salt and pepper. Mix well.

Farm Select Ground Beef for sliders to cook on the grill

2

Form into small patties, about four inches in diameter. Add dimple to each patty.

Beef Comparison: Crowd Cow Wolfe Brothers Farm Select ground beef (left) and a 80/20 ground beef from local grocer.

3

Grill over medium-high coals for two minutes per side. Move to cool side of grill and cover.

Farm Select Ground Beef sliders on the grill

4

Once internal temperature reaches 160 degrees, place a square of Cabot's Pepper Jack Cheese Cracker Cuts. (https://www.cabotcheese.coop/pepper-jack-cheese-cracker-cut-slices)

Beef sliders on the grill with Cabot's Pepper Jack Cracker Cuts

5

Toast the slider buns over the hot coals for about 40 seconds. Construct your sliders. Add red onion, avocado, light olive oil mayonnaise and Red Duck Curry Ketchup.

Farm Select Ground Beef Sliders off the grill

6

Serve in doubles, with fresh corn and tots.

Farm Select Ground Beef Sliders off the grill with Cabot's Pepper Jack Cheese Cracker Cuts, sliced red onion, avocado, light olive oil mayonnaise and Red Duck Curry Ketchup.

Ingredients

 1 lb Select Ground Beef
 1 tsp Salt
 1 tsp Pepper
 1 tbsp Garlic Paste
 4 oz Pepper Jack Cheese
 4 oz Curry Ketchup
 6 Whole Wheat Slider Buns
 ½ Red Onion, thinly sliced
 1 Avocado, sliced

Directions

1

Add the ground beef to a large mixing bowl. Add garlic paste, salt and pepper. Mix well.

Farm Select Ground Beef for sliders to cook on the grill

2

Form into small patties, about four inches in diameter. Add dimple to each patty.

Beef Comparison: Crowd Cow Wolfe Brothers Farm Select ground beef (left) and a 80/20 ground beef from local grocer.

3

Grill over medium-high coals for two minutes per side. Move to cool side of grill and cover.

Farm Select Ground Beef sliders on the grill

4

Once internal temperature reaches 160 degrees, place a square of Cabot's Pepper Jack Cheese Cracker Cuts. (https://www.cabotcheese.coop/pepper-jack-cheese-cracker-cut-slices)

Beef sliders on the grill with Cabot's Pepper Jack Cracker Cuts

5

Toast the slider buns over the hot coals for about 40 seconds. Construct your sliders. Add red onion, avocado, light olive oil mayonnaise and Red Duck Curry Ketchup.

Farm Select Ground Beef Sliders off the grill

6

Serve in doubles, with fresh corn and tots.

Farm Select Ground Beef Sliders off the grill with Cabot's Pepper Jack Cheese Cracker Cuts, sliced red onion, avocado, light olive oil mayonnaise and Red Duck Curry Ketchup.

Select Beef Sliders

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Crowd Cow Select Beef (Wolfe Brothers Farms)

9.4

Cost

9.0/10

Quality

9.5/10

Flavor

9.5/10

Smell

9.5/10

Overall

9.3/10

Pros

  • Flexibility
  • Taste
  • No Thawing
  • Fast Shipping

Cons

  • Moderate Cost

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Barin von Foregger founded Grillax with one mission ... Get the world grillin' and chillin'. A self-taught chef and grill master, von Foregger enjoys sharing his adventures with the world. In his words, "If you can eat it, you can grill it."

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