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Grilled Steaks – Southwest Chipotle New York Strip Steaks


by Brian Becktel – CAL Ranch Stores Sporting Goods Buyer Assistant

This grilled steaks recipe makes enough for four 10 oz grilled steaks.


  • 1 Tbsp Kosher Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Ground Chipotle Pepper
  • 1 tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp Mustard Powder
  • 2 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder


Pre-Grill Prep:

Take all dry rub ingredients and mix them together in a bowl. On a cutting board lay out your soon to be grilled steaks.  I used New York Strip steaks for this recipe but you can use your favorite cut. Take your bowl of seasonings and rub it on to the surface of your steaks.
Put a thin layer on all sides of the steaks.  Don’t put it on too thickly. You should be able to see the meat through the rub. After you have applied the rub let the steaks rest for at least 50 min before applying to the grill.

grilled steaks


Grilled steaks should be done on high heat.  I like to use a Charcoal Grill for the taste but any grill will suffice. Apply the steaks on high heat for 1-3 minutes on each side to sear the outside of the meat. Once it is seared you can either turn down the heat and continue to cook to make a more well-done steak. Or, to do it properly you can take them off the grill then and there for a fantastically cooked medium rare grilled steak.

Post Grilled Steaks:

Remove the stakes from the grill and place in a metal pot to transport to the table.  Steaks should rest for 5-10 minutes after grilling before being served. Now dig in!

Grilled Steaks


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Brian is an avid outdoorsman who loves hunting, camping, fishing, hiking and participating in the Spartan Race Series.  He makes his home in Idaho and is married to his beautiful wife. They have one child.

How To Get Ready For Eclipse 2017

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Readiness Guide for Eclipse 2017

Eclipse 2017 on Aug 21st is fast approaching and Star gazers across the country will be headed towards their preferred viewing destination.  Not sure where to go to get the best view of Eclipse 2017?  Here is a map from NASA showing where the path of totality will happen from Oregon on the West Coast across to South Carolina in the on the East Coast.  Where are you heading to get your view of this galactic phenomenon?


In the Path of Total Darkness
C-A-L Ranch Stores is headquartered in Idaho Falls, Idaho and it just happens to be that this area commonly referred to as Southeast Idaho is going to be right smack in the middle of the path of the “path of totality for the upcoming Eclipse 2017.  So our staff there is pretty excited to witness this phenomenon first hand.  We have 4 stores fairly close the eclipse path with our Rexburg Idaho, and two directly in the path of “complete totality” of the eclipse.  It is estimated that as many as 500,000 – 750,000 people will converge on Southeastern Idaho for the eclipse.  That’s quite the crowd, to say the least.

Cities that live in the path of total darkness

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Eclipse 101 – What does the term “totality” mean in terms of Eclipse 2017?
“Totality” is a term used to describe the amount of eclipse one might see depending on their location to the path of the eclipse.  Complete totality = 100% block or eclipse outside of what is called the Corona or the outline of light you can expect to see ringing the moon during a total eclipse of the sun and those that are there should be able to view the star lit sky in the middle of the day, unlike any view they have ever seen before.  That is exciting!  It only safe to view the eclipse with your naked eye at the point of totality.  Only when the sun is completely blocked.  Previous and afterward eye protection is required.

Find out “what will I see during a total eclipse of the sun?

How to view Eclipse 2017 safely
It is vital that you wear official eye protection when viewing the eclipse.    Never look directly at the Sun during the eclipse with your naked eye. because of the irreparable damage, you can sustain by doing so. You can find approved eclipse glasses at your local CAL Ranch Store

Here is some great safety information for you. >

eclipse 2017

Where to view eclipse 2017?
Want to get away from it all and camp off the grid style during the event?  Here are ideas from multiple parts of the country along the path of totality.

Ideas for viewing Eclipse 2017 that are off the beaten path >

History of a Solar Eclipse in the United States
Eclipse 2017 won’t be a first but it will be one of the few times this has happened in the United States in recorded history.  The last being 1991.

Learning and Education for Eclipse 2017
There’s a ton of great information on the Internet if you want to learn more about Eclipse 2017.  We have compiled a list for you of some of the best informational and interactive websites we have come across to help you get started later in this article.

Eclipse 2017 Resources
NASA has a great website for Eclipse 2017 > has timely and relevant Eclipse 2017 information >

Xavier Jubier’s Interactive Google map for Eclipse 2017 >

Great American Eclipse good info on various topics for Eclipse 2017 >


Learn How To Make Dutch Oven Bread – Step by Step DIY Recipe Guide

Yummy Dutch Oven Bread Recipe

The smell of fresh bread never fails to take me back to my childhood. I’m suddenly sitting in my grandmother’s kitchen, watching in awe as she baked her famous bread for all of us to enjoy. This blog post is going to go in a less traditional direction, we’re going to learn how to bake dutch oven bread in the great outdoors!

Dutch oven meals can make or break a camping trip. In all my experience, the best trips are the ones that produced successful Dutch oven meals such as peach cobbler or vegetable stew so I’m always looking for new recipes to try while camping. One thing I never considered making  Dutch oven bread. Luckily, Camp Chef has a 4-ingredient recipe for dutch oven bread so simple and delicious, parents love to make it and children love to eat it.
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Pioneer Youth Trek Supply List

Trek Supply List For Pioneer Excursions

The purpose of this blog is to provide a sort of “Trek Supply List” for everything you might need while hiking–or trekking–through the great outdoors, specifically a Pioneer Youth Trek.

Like anything else, if you’re planning ahead for your Pioneer Trek Supply there probably are various items that are especially relevant to your success.  of importance you’re going to want to make sure you have with you before you leave that every pioneer trekker needs. Stay tuned while we cover the basics of what you can find at C-A-L Ranch Stores.
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Benefits of Eating Locally Harvested Honey

It’s no secret that honey is a great sweetener with benefits that sugar just can’t compete with. But did you know that raw honey — or locally harvested honey — can give you even more benefits than store-bought? We sure did! That’s why we’re bringing locally harvested honey into select C-A-L Ranch Stores. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of eating locally harvested honey.

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Winter Chores & Activities that Burn Calories

Christmas and New Years have come and gone and winter will soon follow, leaving behind those added pounds from holiday parties, snacks, and treats. Motivation to exercise in the winter can be as low as the temperature! Luckily, though, you don’t need a treadmill in order to exercise. Here are some common chores and activities that will help you burn calories this winter.

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How to Choose a Hydraulic Oil

It pays to be picky when it comes to choosing a hydraulic fluid. Sure, your equipment may run on a less-than-optimal viscosity of hydraulic fluid; however, not using the best lubricant for your machine may shorten its life in the long run. Here’s the info you need to pick the best hydraulic oil for your machine.

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Heavy Duty Carhartt Coats to Keep You Warm

Winter can be harsh, but it shouldn’t slow you down. Whether you’re working out in the farm, tending the ranch, or just trying to survive winter without turning into an icicle, here are some great choices for winter coats from Carhartt. Known for their durability and sturdiness, these coats will get you through winter for years to come.

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How to Dispose of Your Live Christmas Tree

The radio stations have stopped playing Christmas music, the lights are coming down, and everyone’s getting ready for New Years celebrations. Meanwhile, that live Christmas tree you and your family had so much fun chopping down and decorating is becoming more of a fire hazard with every passing day. Need some simple suggestions on how to recycle or repurpose your Christmas tree? Read ahead for some out-of-the-box ideas to give your old Christmas tree new purpose.

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