Eating Less Meat? Treat Yourself to Premium Cuts!

Did you know that beef has more than eight different cuts? An expert butcher can further divide primal cuts of beef into smaller sections, each with its own distinct flavors and textures.

So if you find yourself eating less meat but still want to include this delicious protein into your diet, consider treating yourself to some premium cuts!

Premium cuts offer maximum taste with a variety of textures and thicknesses to choose from.

Check out our favorite premium meat cuts:

Types of Premium Cuts

Filet Mignon

Filet mignon is a type of steak that is cut from the tenderloin of the cow. It is known for having a mild beef flavor as well as being exceptionally tender.

Filet mignon has low marbling so it has a milder flavor than premium cuts such as ribeye or New York Strip. However, this makes it an amazing addition to dishes that include lots of seasonings and sauces.


Ribeye steak has a rich flavor with a tender texture. Its marbling melts into the steak as it cooks, making it juicy and delicious!

Ribeye cuts are sliced from the rib with the rib bones attached.


Considered a classic among steak-lovers, the T-bone is actually two steaks in one! The New York strip and the filet mignon cuts are divided by the recognizable T-shaped bone.

This type of premium cut has the bold and beefy flavor of the New York strip with the tenderness of the filet mignon.

New York Strip

Speaking of the New York strip, this premium cut is considered to be the best grilling steak because of its rich marbling and firm texture.

Out of all the premium cuts, the New York strip has the boldest beef flavor and is best cooked on a grill, pan-roasted, or reverse-seared.

Top Sirloin

This naturally lean yet thick cut of steak also has a bold, beefy flavor. Top sirloin is cut from the top section of the sirloin and has a naturally firm texture.

Because top sirloin has a lot of flavor, you can use it to add richness to a recipe or prepare it alongside marinades and sauces.


Brisket is a premium cut of meat found at the breast or lower chest of the cow. Brisket can be a large portion of meat and is rich in collagen.

This can make the meat tough which makes it the perfect meat for braising and smoking.

Brisket has a wonderful beefy taste and can be infused with specific flavors depending on how you prepare and cook it.

Premium Cut Ideas: Upgrade Your Meals!

Take your meals to the next level by using fresh, high-quality premium cuts! Here are some ideas to get you started:

1. Go For Grass-Fed

Is there really a huge difference between grass-fed and grain-fed? According to the experts, grass-fed beef is definitely healthier for you!

This is because grass-fed beef contains higher amounts of certain nutrients such as Vitamin A and Vitamin E. It also tends to be richer in antioxidants.

So, when you’re treating yourself to premium cuts of meat, go for ones that are healthier and of higher quality

2. Have a Brisket Burger!

Take your burgers to the next level by making your patties out of brisket meat. Simply take some ground brisket and gently mix it with salt and a little bit of black pepper.

That’s all you need!

Cook the brisket burgers just as you would a normal burger and enjoy your meal upgrade!

3. Barbecue a Ribeye Steak

Ribeye steaks are big and juicy - making them the best choice for your summer grilling!

Plus, a good-sized ribeye steak is sure to give you plenty of leftovers. Enjoy your dinner and some delicious breakfast burritos in the morning.

The best part of grilling a ribeye steak? You only need a little bit of salt, pepper, and some simple seasonings.

4. Smother a Filet Mignon

As we mentioned, filet mignon has a fairly mild flavor. This makes it the perfect premium cut of meat to add to savory dishes.

Season your filet mignon with salt and pepper and top with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard, and rosemary - allow it to marinate.

Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat, cook some onion slices and stir in some sugar. Grill your meat and top with the onion mixture as well as some blue cheese!


D’Arcy’s Meats is Edmonton and St. Albert’s premium butcher shop. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality meats at the best prices!

So if you’re ready to treat yourself to some delicious premium cuts, check out our online catalog or contact us for special requests.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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