Picking the perfect steak can be easy as getting to know your local butcher. To choose the best steak for your money, you’ll need to know the different types of cut and the grades of beef available.
There are several different cuts of steak, including tenderloin, New York strip, T-bone, rib eye and porterhouse … as well as different grades. Prime is at the top, Choice is what is most commonly found at your local grocery store and Select is the lowest grade. Ask your butcher to cut the steaks 1¼ inches thick. The beef should be dark pink in color — not dark red or gray. For the best flavor you want the meat to have a fair amount of marbling (thin strands of fat) … the more marbling, the more flavor!
Watch Ray Lampe Dr. BBQ show you how to pick the perfect steak!
Checkout the different cuts of beef from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. (click to enlarge)