Save BIG Money When Buying Steak

  • Recipe Type

    Frugal People

  • Skill Level


  • Grill Time

  • Method

    Buying in Bulk

  • Servings

    serves 8-9

How To Choose The Right Steak

When it comes to picking the perfect steak, the choice can be both exciting and overwhelming. To ensure you savor every bite, start with the cut. Popular choices like ribeye, New York strip, and filet mignon offer distinct flavors and textures. For a balance of rich marbling and robust taste, a well-marbled ribeye is a top pick. If you prefer a leaner option with a mild flavor, the tender filet mignon might be your go-to. Next, consider the grade - Prime, Choice, and Select. Prime offers the highest quality, characterized by abundant marbling, while Choice is still excellent for most grilling purposes. Finally, inspect the color - a vibrant, cherry-red hue indicates freshness. This will also be apparent by the amount of liquid in the packaging.  If you see a lot of juices or liquids in the packaging, that is a good indication that much of the liquids have found their way out of the meat.  I don’t know about you, but I would prefer my juices left in the steak for maximum juicitude.  When shopping, trust your senses and the guidance of a reliable butcher; choosing the right steak sets the stage for a memorable dining experience.

Furthermore, remember the thickness of the steak can significantly impact your cooking method and results. Thicker cuts are ideal for slow, indirect grilling or sous-vide cooking, allowing you to achieve that coveted medium-rare center with a beautifully seared exterior. Finally, the source matters; consider purchasing from local farms or butchers known for their quality. Locally, I always look to Broward Meat and Fish.  They always have a great selection of quality meats and butchers that are happy to help, answer questions and just shoot the breeze about meats.  Whether you're preparing a special occasion meal or a weeknight dinner, picking the right steak ensures you'll savor every moment of your culinary adventure. So, take your time, explore different cuts, grades, and sources, and let your taste preferences guide you towards grilling perfection.

Saving Money $ By Buying Primals

In today's world, where every penny counts, finding ways to save money without compromising on the quality of what you eat can be a game-changer. One such savvy strategy is buying meat in its primal form and then mastering the art of butchering it yourself. In this blog, we'll explore this cost-effective approach and show you how it can not only save you money but also elevate your culinary skills.

The Basics of Primal Cuts

Before we dive into the benefits of buying primals and butchering your own meat, let's clarify what a "primal cut" means. A primal cut is a large section of meat that is separated from the carcass during the initial butchering process. Common primal cuts include the loin, rib, chuck, and round.

Cost Savings Galore

One of the primary reasons why many home chefs opt for buying primals is the significant cost savings it offers. When you purchase meat in its primal form, you're essentially cutting out the labor costs associated with pre-packaged cuts. This can result in a considerably lower price per pound, allowing you to enjoy high-quality meat without breaking the bank.

Customization and Quality Control

When you buy primals, you gain control over the size and thickness of your cuts. This customization ensures that you get exactly what you want, whether it's thick steaks, roasts, or smaller portions for various recipes. Plus, you have the power to trim and remove excess fat, giving you complete quality control over your meat.

Enhanced Culinary Skills

 Butchering your own meat can be a fulfilling and educational experience. It allows you to learn about the different cuts of meat, improve your knife skills, and gain a deeper appreciation for the art of cooking. As you become more proficient, you'll be able to tackle even more complex cuts and recipes with confidence.

Minimized Waste

Buying primals and butchering them yourself can also help reduce food waste. You can save trimmings and excess fat for other culinary uses like making broths, stocks, or ground meat. This not only saves money but also ensures that every part of the meat is put to good use.

Tips for Butchering Primals at Home

  1. Invest in Quality Knives: A good set of sharp knives is essential for butchering meat effectively and safely.
  2. Learn the Basics: Start with simpler cuts like boneless chicken breasts or pork loins before moving on to more challenging primals like beef ribeye.
  3. Watch Our Tutorial: Today we release a new video that can guide you through the butchering process step by step. 
  4. Practice Patience: Take your time, especially when you're starting out. Precision is key.


Buying primals and butchering your own meat is a cost-effective, educational, and rewarding way to enhance your culinary skills while saving money. With practice and patience, you can turn a primal cut into a masterpiece on your plate, all while enjoying the satisfaction of a budget-friendly approach to high-quality meat. So, why not give it a try and take your home cooking to the next level?  Have some fun with it.  Whatever you do, remember to get out and grill and we will see you the next time on The FOGO Life!



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