Louisiana steak lovers might have to fight off generations of backlash over what makes a good steak a great steak. I must admit as a hardcore defender of the idiom, "a good steak needs nothing but salt and pepper" I was more than pleasantly surprised by my first foray into the blissful taste experience that is Cowboy Butter.

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Just for the record, there are a lot of things you can put on a steak to "enhance" its flavor. Some people choose steak sauce or ketchup, at least I have heard about those kinds of people as those who practice defiling a steak are seldom invited to my home.

I am familiar with the concept of adding a pat of butter to a sizzling steak, I don't mind that at all but Cowboy Butter is so much more than a dollop of dairy goodness dripping all over your meat.

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Cowboy Butter is a steak flavor enhancer. Unlike sauces and ketchup that mask the flavor of the meat, Cowboy Butter brings out the best your steak has to offer by gently nudging your palate with flavors like garlic, mustard, chives, paprika, and spicy peppers. You make the call about what you want to go into your Cowboy Butter and then use it as you see fit.

Simply melt your butter and mix in your ingredients, again you get to pick what enhancement you'd like your steak to have. Stir or whisk the ingredients together over low heat until they create a dipping sauce. And, there you have it.

Sauces like Cowboy Butter have been a part of the culinary process for generations. It is only now that we are discovering that even a great steak can be made greater with the right amount of flavors added. Is Cowboy Butter right for everyone? Probably not. Could it be right for you? You won't know until you give it a try.

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Oh, and be sure to take a look at the "reverse sear" method for thicker cuts of meat. This allows you to get the center of the meat cooked to your liking and then sear a delicious crust on the outside of the meat. It works wonderfully well with grass-fed beef and if you haven't tried that, well you need to give that a go too.

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