photo courtesy of Livefirephotography C. McAdams
I often get asked what knives and things I have in my knife kit so here they are:
Each are essential to the way I trim, cut and present my BBQ for competition, catering and home use.
Forschner Flexible Straight Boning Knife 6″
This knife was given to me by David Bouska from Butcher BBQ. I give thanks to him every time I pull it out since it is the one knife for trimming I use the most.
This is the knife I use to slice my brisket. I used to use an electric knife but I am much more comfortable using this one.
Norpro KLEVE 7 Inch Cleaver
I don’t have a lot of wrist strength due to a couple of carpel tunnel surgeries I had on my wrists. It can be a challenge for me to cut bones and cartillage for so this cleaver really helps.
J.A. Henckels Twin Four Star 8-Inch High Carbon Stainless-Steel Chef’s Knife
This is my general all purpose go to knife. I have a couple of these. They are not expensive considering how much I use them. Very reasonable.
Skinning, Curved, Black Fibrox, 6 in.
Dave Witt from the Swine Syndicate got me hooked on this knife. It can dig out things you want out and skin like no other. Make sure you click the link to their You Tube video on Canadian Bacon.
Victorinox 47508 3-1/4-Inch Paring Knife
I have a couple of these. I like using them for scraping chicken skin.
Norpro Stainless Steel Seafood Forks, Set of 4
I really like these for adjusting things in a competition box. Sometimes those fine tweaks can make a big difference. Additionally I don’t want to be touching the food or prodding with tongs as it could smudge the sauce that I worked so carefully to set.
Waring Pro KS80 Professional Knife Sharpener
This has been mentioned on the blog before with good reason. Nothing beats having a sharp knife. One of the best parts of this sharpener is that it ensures the right angle and it gets it done fast. The sharpener and all of the knives and seafood forks are available on Amazon.
Ambrosi Brothers Cutlery Knife Bag
I saw my friend Andy’s from Smoke on Wheels knife bag and thought it was just perfect so I got one just this year. It has the perfect pockets for everything from your business cards, to individual knife slots. I also purchased all of my knife guards from Ambrosi Bros. Cutlery . It is a wonderful shop in Kansas City, Missouri. They will also sharpen your knives with a competition style of sharpening.
So thats it. Those are my knives. Everyone has their personal preferences. These just work for me.