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Rockinar
03-06-2018, 06:52 PM
I'm supposed to be dieting and eating lean meat. But I could let some soccer dad get ahold of these a ruin them on a gas grill. I knew I could properly care for them over a coal bed of mesquite like they should be. So I adopted them.

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Moose
03-06-2018, 06:54 PM
Those look better than many prime steaks I've seen. I couldn't have walked away from those either!

Big N Hot
03-06-2018, 06:56 PM
The wagyu farm goofed up again. SCORE!!!!

Smoke on Badger Mountain
03-06-2018, 06:58 PM
What a find! No way you could have let that go. You lucky dog.

Stingerhook
03-06-2018, 07:10 PM
Them look mighty fine.

bryonlr
03-06-2018, 07:32 PM
Man I wish they would sell some choice beef like that around here.

North Is Up
03-06-2018, 07:51 PM
The diet starts tomorrow...for real!

SDAR
03-06-2018, 08:40 PM
Good Lord!

sudsandswine
03-06-2018, 08:46 PM
I've had a couple scores like that at Costco over the years. It's the reason I always, without exception, make a pass through the meat even if I'm there for something else.

Ya done good :thumb:

Happy Hapgood
03-06-2018, 08:57 PM
Score is right! Dayuum!

Czarbecue
03-06-2018, 08:58 PM
I've had a couple scores like that at Costco over the years. It's the reason I always, without exception, make a pass through the meat even if I'm there for something else.

Ya done good :thumb:

Yep... I fondle a packer or two every time I go to any grocery store. You will never know what you will find if you don't look.

Big George's BBQ
03-06-2018, 09:31 PM
They look really. You did the right thing

TyJones
03-06-2018, 09:34 PM
I don't get jealous often, but when I do it's usually over good cuts of meat.

Kirk
03-06-2018, 09:40 PM
I found some chuck roasts that look like that at the local market over the last couple weeks. They were mixed in with very average looking cuts and best of all, on sale for only $2.99/lb. I'm cooking one tomorrow since we're having a snow day.

DriverWild
03-06-2018, 09:54 PM
You hit the mother load!

Titch
03-07-2018, 02:53 AM
I think you saved a soccer dad from cardiac failure
Nice grab mate

THoey1963
03-07-2018, 09:05 AM
Nice score. HEB had some Prime grade chuck roasts on sale last week for the same price as select. The marbling was good enough that they caught my eye. Unfortunately, got two frozen chuckies in the freezer already that I paid normal price for. Just kept walking. :(

Divemaster
03-07-2018, 09:13 AM
I too look every time I'm in Depot....

I've found 'Select' briskets that looked like that, and yes, I grabbed them.

Nice snag!

miked125
03-07-2018, 09:22 AM
Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't the grade based off only one portion of the cow? So the carcass could be graded as choice for one part but the steaks in reality could be much higher? I always just look for the best marbling.

dadsr4
03-07-2018, 09:47 AM
That's why I go by what the meat looks like, not just the label.

Packmanjim
03-07-2018, 10:07 AM
Those are beautiful and you did the right thing!

bergenguy
03-07-2018, 10:12 AM
Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't the grade based off only one portion of the cow? So the carcass could be graded as choice for one part but the steaks in reality could be much higher? I always just look for the best marbling.

It's a bit more complicated than that.. but yes the marbling factor is determined by visual inspection of the ribeye crosscut at the 12 rib.

More importantly in this case is that Grading is determined by Marbling AND Maturity (determined by skeletal maturity... size and shape of bones etc..). So you could have an abundantly marbled ribeye but if the animal was older than 30-42 months... PRIME is not possible. Also. there are grades within Prime, Choice, etc... so you could have a very highly graded choice that is on the edge of Prime.

THoey1963
03-07-2018, 10:25 AM
The above is true. But our HEB will also downgrade meat for faster sale. I have found many Primes marked down to Choice and was told they were not sold the day prior, so they marked them down to get them sold before having to toss them. Better to get some money than no money...

dadsr4
03-07-2018, 10:40 AM
The above is true. But our HEB will also downgrade meat for faster sale. I have found many Primes marked down to Choice and was told they were not sold the day prior, so they marked them down to get them sold before having to toss them. Better to get some money than no money...
Isn't the term for beef like that "aged"?

miked125
03-07-2018, 12:24 PM
It's a bit more complicated than that.. but yes the marbling factor is determined by visual inspection of the ribeye crosscut at the 12 rib.

More importantly in this case is that Grading is determined by Marbling AND Maturity (determined by skeletal maturity... size and shape of bones etc..). So you could have an abundantly marbled ribeye but if the animal was older than 30-42 months... PRIME is not possible. Also. there are grades within Prime, Choice, etc... so you could have a very highly graded choice that is on the edge of Prime.

Ah thanks! I knew it was something like that, couldn't find the right article though.:clap2:

BillN
03-07-2018, 12:27 PM
All I can say is those would have been my CHOICE...

Burnt at Both Endz
03-07-2018, 05:58 PM
Hell Yeah!

You can bet I'd have had the meat cutter look and see if they had a few more trays cut up in the locker. There had to be some more strip steaks than that cut up somewhere, unless they already sold them.

gtsum
03-07-2018, 06:24 PM
I would of bought every one of them in the store if I ran across that. Nice!


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