Beef prices are at an all-time high thanks to droughts in the Midwest, a record shortage of cattle, and an increase in demand. That doesn’t mean you have to kick beef off your family’s plate entirely. Here, we’re offering 7 of the most budget-friendly beef cuts and ideas for using them in delicious ways.
Top Blade Roast The bone along the side of a top blade roast keeps the meat moist during braising and adds robust, beefy flavor. It’s a fantastic pot roast cut. Try it in: Beer-Braised Top Blade Roast ($2.35 per serving)
Chuck Roast Chuck roast comes from the shoulder and requires a low and slow braise to break down connective tissue and become tender. Cook whole, or cut into pieces for rich, beefy stews. Try it in: Chicago-Style Italian Beef Hoagies ($2.18 per serving)
Ground Sirloin Lean ground sirloin comes from the cow’s midsection. Brown and stir into sauces, or shape into burgers or meatballs with some sautéed onions for added moisture. Try it in: Sirloin and Parmesan Meat Loaf ($2.39 per serving)
Short Ribs Small, square short ribs come from the back rib section closest to the shoulder. Layers of connective tissue call for long, moist cooking, but there’s enough fat to finish the meat on the grill. Try it in: Short Rib and Tomato Ragout over Pappardelle ($1.79 per serving)
Flat Iron Steak Flat iron steak comes from the shoulder, but it has more fat than connective tissue. Grill, sear in a cast-iron pan, or slice this cut into thin strips and stir-fry. Try it in: Mojo Flat Iron Steak with Red Pepper Salsa ($3.62 per serving)
London Broil The cut is lean and moderately tough–usually flank steak (from the belly, behind the ribs) or top round (from the rump). Marinate first to tenderize; then grill or broil for a charred crust. Try it in: London Broil with Mushroom Sauce ($2.84 per serving)