What Is The Best Beef For Braising?

If you are wondering what the best beef for braising is, then you have come to the right place. I love to braise because it is easy and makes cheaper cuts of meat tender and juicy.

The best part of braising beef is the flavor. It’s hard to explain it until you do it and taste it for yourself.

You get this really buttery taste from the beef and I think that is from the fat rendering down in the beef.

raw chuck roast trimmed

Types of beef for braising

Now don’t get me wrong, you can pretty much braise all types of beef. The goal is low and slow to breakdown the beef.

You’re looking to use tougher cuts. One thing to really consider is to not braise the beef that you would love to grill. I am talking about ribeye, filet, or New York strip. Save these cuts for the grill!

Bone in short ribs

Short ribs are one of my favorite cuts a beef to braise. The flavor that you get from them with the bone in is incredible.

With short ribs, you will sacrifice the amount of meat you get seeing that they tend to have a lot of bone. The amount of fat that renders is a lot but it is so worth the flavor.

Don’t be surprised to see 50% of the meat disappear after a long braise. Add these to a bed of rice or a mound of some great creamy mash potatoes.

Stew meat

A lot of people will use stew meat for braising but the fact is it is sirloin and I feel there are a lot of better choices.

I think a big reason that it is used is that it is already cut at your grocery store or butcher. So if you need to braise and its all you have it will work but I do feel a better cut to get would be the chuck roast.

Brisket

This is a great cut of beef to braise. It is done well when you smoke it low and slow and braising it is a game-changer.

The problem I have with choosing a brisket is the cost, it can be incredibly expensive to buy a brisket and it has not always that way.

The price really went up when it got popular for BBQ. This made the former cheap cut get really expensive. Now if the cost is not a problem I would go for it but because of the cost, it is not at the top of my list.

Rump roast

The rump roast would be a 2nd choice for me as for a piece of meet to braise.

It comes from the back of the cow “rump” and is a little leaner than the chuck roast.

It is a good price for a tougher cut of meat that you can make really tender and fill it with flavor with braising.

Chuck roast

Now we come down to my winner. The best beef for braising is the chuck roast by far. It is my go-to when I want to braise beef.

The price is good for this type of cooking method. It is also a great cut when you want to make a stew. I would rather cut up a chuck roast to add to a delicious stew.

The chuck roast is by far the most popular beef for a pot roast. The chuck comes from the shoulder of the cow and its a muscle that does a lot of work.

When you braise the chuck it is a game-changer. You can use this beef for a classic Sunday dinner and you can also use it during the week for all kinds of dishes like tacos and breakfast burritos!

Now go out and get yourself a chuck roast, follow me and fall into the world of braising!

Recipe: How to Braise Beef

Choosing a chuck roast

chuck roast being braised

If I was going to choose between grass-fed and grain-fed I would go with grass. Here a few of the differences between both.

Grass-fed

If you can afford it I am all about the grass-fed beef. You really get a lot more beef flavor when you go with grass-fed. You really can tell the difference in the flavor. You get a real earthy flavor.

Now if it’s your first time eating grass-fed you will notice a difference and might take a little more time to get used to but it is truly worth it.

It is a lot healthier for you.

Grain-fed

This is the most common form of beef cuts and by far the most economical. As it is called the cow is fed grain.

One of the things you want to watch out for with a grain-fed cow is if it is being fed grain that has GMOs in it. I really try to eat non-GMO and any animals that feed on that type of grain.

There are so many reasons why there are so many health risks caused by eating GMOs.

Why braise beef?

Braising beef is a method of cooking that is to cook low and slow. Using this method helps break down tough meats and make them super tender and delicious.

The cooking method of braising beef is simple. You will need to have a pot that you can cover tightly and leave on the stovetop to cook for a few hours on low. 

Another benefit is the low cost of some of these cuts of meat compared to the cuts that you would typically grill.

Let me know in the comments the type of beef you like to braise.

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