Most people have heard of Angus beef, but not many know where it comes from, or what ‘Angus’ actually means. Is all Angus beef premium quality? How do you know if a cut comes from Premium Angus beef? We’ll answer all of these questions in the following paragraphs.
What is Angus Beef?
A common misconception is that Angus symbolizes the quality level of beef. Although some of the most expensive and high-quality cuts come from Angus beef, not every Angus cut is high-quality. Once the meat has been cut and prepared for sale, it goes through quality inspection and then gets a grade. Angus is a type of cattle which also happens to be the most frequent cattle breed in the US. Although there are Red Angus and Black Angus cows, Red Angus cows are very rare. So, if Angus beef is that common, why do so many people go crazy over it? What makes it so special? For starters, Angus beef typically has much nicer intramuscular fat, more commonly known as marbling. It is what makes the meat juicy, tender, and overall delicious. Then again, not every Angus cut is Premium Angus beef.
What Makes Our Angus Beef Premium?
Here at Naturally Grown Meats, we ensure that every cut we ship to your door receives only the best care throughout its entire path. From cow to steak, it goes through numerous checks and inspections. That guarantees that no undeserving piece of meat will bear the Premium badge.
If you put a regular steak (such as USDA Choice, for example) and a Premium Angus side by side, you wouldn’t have to be an expert to notice the difference. The regular steak would still look and taste pretty good, but you could easily recognize the Premium-grade one. The amount and uniformity of the marbling could never be as present in any other steak, except Wagyu. Then again, Wagyu typically has a much heftier price than Angus beef. Still, when prepared correctly, Angus beef can be just as exquisite as Wagyu. When you cook a Premium Angus Beef steak, you should get the feeling that you can eat it with a wooden spoon. We’re not exaggerating at all; it is that tender. And although it is the most tender when slowly roasted for hours, you simply can’t go wrong with Premium Angus beef. So, whatever way you choose to cook it, you can expect a mouth-watering result.