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Butcher Shop | Beef Cuts & Tips

BEEF 101: ALL CUTS

Learn All About the Different Beef Cuts from Experienced Seattle Butchers at Metropolitan Market

Round

This is the upper part of the hind leg, or the rump, and contains the top round, bottom round, eye of round, and sirloin tip. It's lean and super versatile.

Cooking Methods

Broil, Oven Roast, Skillet, Stir Fry

Recipes

Apres-Ski Chili
Black and White Bean Chili
Bacon-Beer Burger
Meatloaf with Roasted Veggies

Sirloin

Near the hip of the cow, this area is split into the top sirloin, ball-tip, and the tri-tip. Versatile and great for a variety of cooking methods, especially grilling!

Cooking Methods

Broil, Grill, Skillet, Smoke, Sous Vide, Stir Fry

Recipes

Beef and Mushroom Stir Fry

Short Loin

The short loin is the jackpot for some of the most desirable cuts of steak, including T-bone, porterhouse, strip loin and tenderloin.

Cooking Methods

Broil, Grill, Pan Fry

Recipes

New York Steaks with Blue Cheese
Beef and Mushroom Stir Fry
Beef Stroganoff
Teriyaki Beef Kabobs

Rib

One of the most well-known and delicious cuts of beef, famous for Prime Rib and Ribeye steak. Exhibits remarkably tender, marbled, and flavorful qualities.

Cooking Methods

Broil, Grill, Pan Fry

Recipes

Herb Seasoned Rib Roast with Red Wine Pan Sauce
Prime Rib – How to cook an American Classic

Chuck

This cut comes from the shoulder and is packed with lots of rich flavor. Contains the flat iron. Perfect for pot roast!

Cooking Methods

Broil, Grill, Pan Fry, Pot Roast

Recipes

American Beef Pot Roast with Root Veggies
Meatloaf with Roasted Veggies
Beef Bourguignon
Smokey BBQ Beef Short Ribs

Flank

The flank steak is long and lean without much fat, and has a lot of fibers running through it. Soaks up marinade really well. Great for stuffing or rolling, or slice it up for a quick stir-fry. Pro-tip: Cut against the grain for maximum tenderness.

Cooking Methods

Broil, Grill, Pan Fry

Recipes

Balsamic-Marinated Flank Steak
Beef and Mushroom Stir Fry
Marinated Flank Steak, Three Ways
Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Plate

The plate is right underneath the ribs, and has a high fat content. This is where ever-popular short ribs come from, as well as skirt steak.

Cooking Methods

Braise, Grill

Recipes

Wine-Braised Short Ribs
Carne Asada with Salsa Ranchera

Fore Shank

The lower part of the front legs, contains the shin and the hock. Because these muscles work so hard, they've built up some strong tendons and muscle tissue, which can be tough at first, but in the end contribute to its rich and dynamic flavor. Great for making superb beef stock.

Cooking Methods

Braise, Slow-Cook

Brisket

Featured in barbecue competitions across the country! Famous for it's sloooow cooking method, the brisket is located along the pectoral of the cow, and when cooked over an extended period of time on low heat, has a nice dense texture that falls apart with ease. Sold as a point, flat, or whole.

Cooking Methods

Grill, Slow-Roast, Smoke

Recipes

Corned Beef and Cabbage

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