the beef chuck cut

beef cut diagram: chuck

One of the eight primal beef cuts, the beef chuck cut contains many sub-cuts. Order our 100% grass fed beef chuck cut from Thousand Hills Lifetime Grazed and discover the benefits of naturally raised beef. Rich in antioxidants, B vitamins, and flavor, grass fed beef is lower in cholesterol than that from grain-fed cattle.

chuck meat

The beef chuck cut comes from the animal’s upper shoulder and lower neck. Steaks and roasts come from this area. Because the shape of the shoulder bone looks like a seven, chuck steaks are known as 7-bone steaks. Chuck roasts are somewhat fattier than cuts from other parts of the body.

The shoulder is among the most muscular parts of the steer, as it plays a key role in movement. That also means the meat is somewhat tough, with lots of connective tissue. It is, however, full of flavor.

what is chuck meat good for?

Although chuck meat is not one of the more expensive primal cuts, the right cooking can make it among the tenderest. There is no shortage of tasty beef chuck cuts for grilling, roasting, baking, or sautéing.


Beef chuck meat cuts include:

  • Bone chuck-in short ribs – Quite tender when cooked slowly at low heat
  • Boneless country-style ribs – The boneless version of chuck-in short ribs
  • Chuck arm roast – Also known as shoulder roast
  • Chuck eye steak – Much like a ribeye steak, but cheaper
  • Chuck roast– Used for pot roast or chuck roll. Also known as shoulder steak
  • Denver steak – Cut from the serratus ventralis muscle, a muscle beneath the shoulder blade that doesn’t get much use. That makes this steak particularly tender
  • English roast – Also known as cross-rib roast or clod heart roast
  • Flat iron steak – Only tenderloin steak exceeds this sub-primal cut in tenderness
  • Mock tender– Also known as chuck tender roast. Lean and inexpensive
  • Petite tender – Also known as chuck tender. Marinate before cooking
  • Ranch steak – A versatile cut needing marinating prior to grilling
  • Shoulder tender medallions – Juicy, tender, and lean
  • Sierra steak – Marinate prior to grilling. Best sliced thin
  • Top blade steak – Much like the flat iron, but without removal of connective tissue

Learn more About Beef Cuts

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If you are not always certain about what cuts of beef are best for your purposes, learn more about your favorites with our guide to beef cuts.

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