December, 27, 2015    Canton, MO
US Wellness Meats Newsletter - In This Issue  

Dr. Mercola ~ Back Pain - What Really Works?

Featured Category ~ Paleo Favorites - Use 15% Discount Code PALEO

Recipe Corner ~ Bacon-Jalapeno Burger Balls with Dill Relish and Awesome Sauce (See Below)

Dear John, 
We hope that each of you had a wonderful holiday with family and friends, and have been able to enjoy this unseasonably warm weather!

Weekly specials for the week include beef bacon, plain beef jerky sticks, and pre-cooked BBQ short ribs.  A couple of popular items restocked over the holiday break Sugar Free Pork Bacon, Pork Breakfast Sausage, and Ribeyes.

One of the most popular New Year's resolutions every year is to lose weight.  The Paleo diet continues to top the list of the most popular nutrition plan choices.  If you are starting your paleo adventure in 2016 we can help with the transition. 
  • Get a jump start by checking out this week's featured category Paleo Favorites.
  • Enter discount code "Paleo" with your order to receive a 15% discount on all Paleo Favorites items.  Discount good thru December 31st at 12:00 Midnight CST. 
  • You can find plenty of paleo-friendly recipe ideas on our Pinterest boards.  We have boards dedicated to paleo staples like bacon, bones & broth, and more! 
  • A popular item for paleo cooking is the hard to find grass-fed Beef Tallow.  Head over to our tallow blog page for answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.
Now that we are settled into our new building, we have several contests in the works for the first several months of 2016 including our biggest giveaway for the year!  So continue checking in to our newsletters and social media pages for details.  (Facebook, Instagram)  After numerous requests, US Wellness will bring back the Featured Chef posts in 2016.

Due to the New Year's holiday, we have another limited shipping schedule this week.  Get your orders in by Wednesday 10:00am CST for delivery this week.  Orders placed after the deadline will be held and shipped on Monday January 4th.

Speaking of the New Year's holiday, if you're looking for a new appetizer to make to ring in the New Year, try Melissa Joulwan's Bacon-Jalapeno Burger Balls with Dill Relish and Awesome Sauce.  This Whole 30 and Paleo compliant recipe can also be served as a main dish, and is sure to be a hit with any crowd.

Chances are you or someone you love suffers from low back pain.  If so take a moment to read Dr. Mercola's article about what treatments really work and what treatments to avoid. His holistic approach offers some helpful advice to alleviating this common health complaint.

With warmest regards as you celebrate the last week of 2015,

John, Lee Ann, Tressa, Laura, Deric, and Courtney on behalf of the farm families of US Wellness Meats.  

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Dr. Mercola
Dr. Mercola
Back Pain - What Really Works?
Back pain is perhaps one of the most common health complaints across the globe. Worldwide, 1 in 10 people suffer from lower back pain, and it's the No. 1 cause of job disability.
Seventy-five to 80 percent of back pain cases do resolve within two to four weeks (1), with or without treatment. This is particularly true for mechanical low-back pain (LBP), which is the second most common symptom-related reason for doctor's visits in the U.S.

LBP is typically preceded by some form of injury or strain, such as lifting an object or twisting while holding something heavy, operating vibrating machinery; car collisions, or falls.
Prolonged sitting is also on this list, which may explain why simply standing up more is part of the solution in many cases. Medscape (2) lists a number of tests used to diagnose LBP, as well as a number of ways to manage such pain. This includes:

        *Controlling inflammation
        *Restoring range of motion
        *Improving muscle strength and endurance
        *Coordination training and cardiovascular reconditioning
        *Maintaining an exercise program

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Recipe Corner
bacon burger balls
Bacon-Jalapeno Burger Balls
Bacon-Jalapeno Burger Balls with Dill Relish & Awesome Sauce
Author: Melissa Joulwan    
Prep Time:  10 min
Chill Time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Servings:  2-4; Whole30 compliant


  • 4 strips sugar-free, nitrate-free beef bacon
  • 1 tablespoon grated onion (about 1/4 medium onion)
  • 1/2 fresh jalapeno, seeds and ribs removed, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4 cup minced dill pickle
  • 1/4 cup minced raw tomato
  • 1/4 cup minced raw onion

    Awesome Sauce:
  • 1/3 cup Olive Oil Mayo
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • dash cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

    NOTE: Why cream of tartar and baking soda? Traditional ground meat recipes are usually tenderized with breadcrumbs. I use a cream of tartar/baking soda combo to keep the meat light and juicy, with a nice, crisp exterior.
  1. Preheat the oven to 425F and cover a large, rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Cut the beef bacon crosswise into 1/4-inch wide pieces. Place the chopped bacon in a large, cold skillet, turn the heat to medium-high, and fry the bacon until it's crisp, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from pan with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel.
  3. Pour the grease out of the skillet, leaving whatever clings to the pan, and place it back on the heat. Add the onion and jalapeño to the pan and sauté until the jalapeño is soft, 2-3 minutes. Set the pan aside until the veg are cool to the touch.
  4. In a large bowl, place the ground beef, salt, pepper, paprika, bacon, and the vegetables from the skillet. In a small bowl or measuring cup, mix the water with cream of tartar and baking soda. Pour into the bowl with the meat and mix until all the ingredients are evenly distributed. Cover and refrigerate at least 20 minutes and up to overnight. Meanwhile...
  5. Make the relish. Mix all the minced ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.
  6. Make the Awesome Sauce. Mix all the ingredients together in another small bowl and refrigerate until it's time to eat.
  7. Remove the meat dough from the fridge. Moisten your hands with cold water and shake to remove excess. Measure a rounded tablespoon of meat and roll into a ball between your palms, then gently flatten it a little bit so it's almost like a mini burger patty (that will make it easy to top with relish later). Line up the meatballs on the prepared baking sheet, about 1/2 inch apart. Slide the meatballs into the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, until browned and cooked through.
  8. Serve immediately, topped with a little relish and a drizzle of Awesome Sauce.  
Thanks to Mel Joulwan at Well Fed Ingredients for a Happy Life for this fantastic recipe.  You might be surprised to learn that Mel is a retired Roller Derby girl.  She is the author of the "Well Fed" series of Paleo Recipe books.  In her own words Mel is on a mission to be a superfit, well-fed, dressed-to-kill, glossy-haired, rock-n-roll, tart-tongued detective. You can learn more about Mel by reading her blog or checking out her website.  

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