Cuts of Meat - Beef

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American cuts of beef.

The following is a list of the American primal cuts, ordered front to back, then top to bottom. The short loin and the sirloin are sometimes considered as one section (loin).

Upper half cuts

Chuck
one of the most common sources for roasts and hamburgers
Rib
short ribs, rib eye steak and prime rib
Short loin
from which T-bone steaks are cut
Sirloin
less tender than short loin, but more flavorful, further divided into Top sirloin and Bottom sirloin
Tenderloin
the most tender, from which filet mignon is served, can be removed separately, or left in for T-bone and Porterhouse steaks
Round
lean cut, moderately tough, lower fat marbling, requires moist cooking or lesser degrees of doneness

Lower half cuts

Brisket
often associated with barbecue beef brisket.
Shank
used primarily for stews and soups; it is not usually served any other way due to it being the toughest of the cuts.
Plate
produces short ribs for pot roasting and types of steak such as the outside skirt steak for, say, fajitas and hanger steak. It is typically a cheap, tough, and fatty meat.
Flank
used mostly for grinding, except for the long and flat flank steak, best known for use in London broil. Once one of the most affordable steaks on the market, it is substantially tougher than the loin and rib steaks, therefore many flank recipes use marinades[clarification needed] or moist cooking methods such as braising. Popularity and leanness have resulted in increased price.

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