Marrow Bones

Discussion in 'Meat Selection and Processing' started by chipmanbbq, Jul 6, 2016.

  1. chipmanbbq

    chipmanbbq Fire Starter

    Every year we get a steer butchered and until this year the thought of marrow bones never crossed my mind. (not sure why)

    Anyways, I want some marrow bones. What should I tell the processing plant to make sure I get some good marrow bones for roasting?

    Thanks guys!
  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Two methods. Cross gut the large leg bones into 3" pieces. Or my fav, cut length wise into 2 halves. Season with your favorite rub, i like Montreal Steaks Seasoning, and Roast at 425 for about 20-25 minutes, until golden and bubbling. Let cool for 15 minutes and spead the Marrow on slices of Crusty Bread. Eat topped with a Parsley Salad...JJ

    From Bon Appétit and Fergus Henderon

    Roast Bone Marrow And Parsley Salad


    • 1  cup  fresh flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
    • 2  small shallots, thinly sliced (about 1/3 cup)
    • 2  tablespoons  extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1  tablespoon  fresh lemon juice
    • 1  tablespoon  drained capers
    • Coarse gray sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
    Toss parsley, shallots, oil, lemon juice, and capers in a medium bowl to coat. Season salad to taste with gray sea salt and pepper.

    Using a long, thin spoon, scoop marrow onto toast, top with salad, and garnish with a pinch or two of salt.
  3. atomicsmoke

    atomicsmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    If I had to pick the five most delicious foods bone marrow would be among them (duck fat, porcini mushrooms would take top spots too).

    Weston Price found that natives once living in the Canadian Rockies range had a diet focused on bone marrow. He claims no whole skeletal remains were found in that area, but chipped bones of large animals. The people of those times were eating every single bit of marrow as it was packed full of nutrients . Same with organs. Even in animal world - the alpha male gets the liver, other organs. The lower rankings on the feeding ladder eat the meat.

    We love bone soups, but what makes the day is scooping the marrow and spreading it on some bread when soup is finished cooking. Yum!
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2016
  4. chipmanbbq

    chipmanbbq Fire Starter

    That recipe looks great Jimmy, thanks!

    So I could tell the processing plant I want the leg bones cut into pieces and then cut in half?

    I live in rural Indiana and have never seen marrow bones on the menu of any restaurant and I've never seen them sold in the grocery store so I don't think its a common thing around here. Just want to make sure I give the butcher the right directions so I get what I want.

    Thanks again.
  5. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yes you can instruct the butcher to cut the bones however you like. We primarily use ours for making stock, so we have ours cut into 1 1/2" thick rounds. These can be roasted or used for soup stocks. Don't forget to let the butcher know you want the tongue.
  6. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Like these...JJ

    From Goggle images.


    Last edited: Jul 8, 2016
  7. chipmanbbq

    chipmanbbq Fire Starter

    Exactly like those!

    Thanks again everyone.
  8. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Chipman, you are in for a Treat! My Culinary Students often asked what my last meal would be. It would be Roasted Bone Marrow, Fried Frog's Legs and Escargo with Garlic & Herb Butter...To Heck with my Cardiologist!...JJ[​IMG]

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