Buyer's Guide: Cheap (and Delicious!) Cuts of Meat

These ten economy cuts are sure to knock pricey supermarket standbys like steaks, chops and chicken breasts out of your weekly rotation (10 Photos)

Regan Burns Cafiso on Feb 15, 2011 at 11:44AM

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Buyer's Guide: Cheap (and Delicious!) Cuts of Meat

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Tri-Tip

Best Cooking Methods: roast, grill

Also Known As: triangle roast, tri-tip steak, tri-tip sirloin, sirloin tip

Price: $5.99-6.99/pound

This small, funny-shaped roast enjoys popularity on the West coast, but it’s catching on everywhere else due to its big beefy flavor at a reasonable price. The tri-tip is a 1 to 1 ½ pound, triangular cut that comes from the bottom end of the sirloin. If you don’t see it in your butcher’s display case, ask about it anyway—this cut often ends up in the grinder for your hamburgers. Always cut tri-tip across the grain.

Recipe that uses tri-tip:
Southwestern Tri-Tip Roast

*Note: Prices are for non-organic meats and poultry at various butchers and national supermarket chains. Products and prices may not be available in all areas. Prices may vary greatly due to availability.

For more tips on buying meat on the cheap, watch this video!

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