Feb 25, 2016

A Handy Guide to Steaks and the Different Ways Beef is Cut Around the World

 

BBQ producer Weber has a terrific introduction to the various kinds of steak cuts common in North America. Equally fascinating is the different ways countries around the world cut and name beef. On Wikipedia there are a handful of diagrams that show how countries like Brazil, France and England cut their beef.

In the handy guide below you can see what 12 different types of steak look like as well as how 7 countries around the world cut their beef.

[via Weber, Wikipedia]

 

Porterhouse

porterhouse A Handy Guide to Steaks and the Different Ways Beef is Cut Around the World

Photograph by Weber

 

This is the classic steak house steak that features both a strip steak and filet mignon, separated by a bone. [source]

 

T-Bone

t bone A Handy Guide to Steaks and the Different Ways Beef is Cut Around the World

Photograph by Weber

 

A T-bone is just like a porterhouse except the piece of filet mignon is not as big, because this steak is cut a little farther forward on the animal. [source]

 

Flat Iron

flat iron A Handy Guide to Steaks and the Different Ways Beef is Cut Around the World

Photograph by Weber

 

The flat iron is nestled into a tender area of the shoulder, so it’s an exception to the rule that shoulder steaks are always tough. Plus it’s cheap. [source]

 

Filet Mignon

filet mignon A Handy Guide to Steaks and the Different Ways Beef is Cut Around the World

Photograph by Weber

 

Pricey and velvety soft, filet mignons make a nice splurge for special guests, though it’s really the tenderness you are buying. [source]

 

Bone-In Rib Eye

bone in rib eye A Handy Guide to Steaks and the Different Ways Beef is Cut Around the World

Photograph by Weber

 

This incredibly tender and succulent steak includes an actual rib, which adds even more flavor. [source]

 

Strip

strip A Handy Guide to Steaks and the Different Ways Beef is Cut Around the World

Photograph by Weber

 

A New York strip is a relatively lean cut with a firmer texture than a rib eye or filet mignon, but the flavor is great. [source]

 

Rib Eye

rib eye A Handy Guide to Steaks and the Different Ways Beef is Cut Around the World

Photograph by Weber

 

A rib eye steak’s abundant internal fat melting into the meat creates one of the juiciest steak-eating experiences imaginable. [source]

 

Flank

flank A Handy Guide to Steaks and the Different Ways Beef is Cut Around the World

Photograph by Weber

 

You can quickly spot this steak by its flat oval shape and its long, clearly defined grain. Minimize the chewy effect of the grain by slicing across it. [source]

 

Hanger

hanger A Handy Guide to Steaks and the Different Ways Beef is Cut Around the World

Photograph by Weber

 

Each animal has only one hanger steak, weighing in at about 2 pounds. The beefy flavor is enormous, but a tendon runs down the center of each one, so cut that out before grilling. [source]

 

Skirt

skirt A Handy Guide to Steaks and the Different Ways Beef is Cut Around the World

Photograph by Weber

 

Like the flank steak, the coarsely grained skirt steak is cut from the chest area of the animal, so “chewiness” is an issue, but the taste is fabulous. [source]

 

Top Sirloin

top sirloin A Handy Guide to Steaks and the Different Ways Beef is Cut Around the World

Photograph by Weber

 

This flat, firmly grained steak brings kabobs quickly to mind because it’s so easy to cut it into solid cubes. [source]

 

Tri-Tip

tri tip A Handy Guide to Steaks and the Different Ways Beef is Cut Around the World

Photograph by Weber

 

A tri-tip is taken from the sirloin area. It’s not so much a steak as it is a skinny roast, but you can grill it like a thick steak. Just don’t overcook it. [source]

 

US Beef Cuts

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British Beef Cuts

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Brazilian Beef Cuts

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Diagram by MarioM

 

 

 

French Beef Cuts

Beef_cuts_France

Diagram by Pethrus

 

Basses côtes (1) Côtes, entrecôtes (2) Faux-filet (3) Filet (4) Rumsteck (5) Rond de gîte (6) Tende de tranche ; poire, merlan (7) Gîte à la noix (8) Araignée (9) Plat de tranche, rond de tranche, mouvant (10) Bavette d’aloyau (11) Hampe (12) Onglet (13) Aiguillette baronne (14) Bavette de flanchet (15) Plat de côtes (16) Macreuse à bifteck (17) Paleron (18) Jumeau à bifteck (19) Jumeau à pot-au-feu (20) Macreuse à pot-au-feu (21) Queue (22) Gîte (23) Flanchet (24) Tendron, milieu de poitrine (25) Gros bout de poitrine (26) Collier (27) Plat de joue (28) Langue (29)

 

 

Turkish Beef Cuts

turkish beef cuts

Diagram by Gigillo83

 

 

 

Dutch Beef Cuts

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Diagram by Gigillo83

 

 

 

Portuguese Beef Cus

Beef_cuts_Portugal

Diagram by MarioM

 

 

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