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1/4 Cow Cut List

BenB42

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Hello all. I'm new here and did a little search to see if something has been said about a preferred cut list for a 1/4 cow. My family and I are ordering our first side of beef and are a bit overwhelmed by what to tell the butcher. I saw some things have been said before but wanted to inquire to see if there are any updates or if yall have new information. We like to smoke, sous vide and grill so if anybody has any advice, we would GREATLY appreciate it!
 

BigW.

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Welcome. A good butcher will walk you thru choices. You can google 1/4 cow and get an idea of what you'll get. Butcher may have a list on website. I'd think about what your family wants to eat, then go from there. Do you like 1 in steaks or 2 in? Burger in 1 pound or 1.5 lb packages. 3 lb roast or 2? Do you like T-bones or Filet and New York strip more? You'll get a good amt of meat and I'm sure you'll enjoy the price and quality. Also getting things how you want is a huge bonus.
 

BenB42

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Welcome. A good butcher will walk you thru choices. You can google 1/4 cow and get an idea of what you'll get. Butcher may have a list on website. I'd think about what your family wants to eat, then go from there. Do you like 1 in steaks or 2 in? Burger in 1 pound or 1.5 lb packages. 3 lb roast or 2? Do you like T-bones or Filet and New York strip more? You'll get a good amt of meat and I'm sure you'll enjoy the price and quality. Also getting things how you want is a huge bonus.
Thank you very much for your response! Those are great things to consider.
 

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This is what I get cut out of half a steer every year. 1 inch steaks. I split the steer with my sister. 4 other family men split 1 steer and the butcher divides the halves then 1/4 them out from there distributing as equal as possible. I do not like roasts so I choose stew meat or have them make lean burger. But there is only 1 Tri tip and brisket per side. You either get prime rib or ribeye steaks. I choose the steaks. Your butcher may do things different. This is how we have done it for years.
 

flatbroke

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That sheet is from 2012. I didn’t get brisket at that time. Have since. And I don’t get the chuck roast anymore
 

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You say "¼ cow" - there are 2 forequarters and 2 hindquarters; which are you buying ?
 

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A Friend that raises beef, lets you select cuts when you purchase Sides or Whole Animals. With Quarters, you get a mixed box, Butcher's choice, of cuts from the entire Side Primals...JJ
 

hawtsauc3

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This thread is awesome. We just ordered a whole hog but 1/4 beef is probably next, especially given the current market
 

hawtsauc3

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I'm pretty certain we are buying a hindquarter.
yeah i believe you don't get a front "quarter" unless you're finding someone to split a half. My parents used to order what's they called a half of a half, rather than a quarter, as it got them a bigger variety of cuts. I'm sure depending on the region though depends on how they word it.
 

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