Save big at the grocery store by learning to cook these 5 budget-friendly cuts.
5 to Try: Cheap Cuts of MeatTri-tip is another name for sirloin tip–a less tender muscle found in the hind leg of beef. Simply rub the meat with a blend of salt, pepper, and garlic powder, then grill over hickory wood chips to infuse the tip with smoky flavor. Fresh Santa Maria Salsa complements the tri-tip well.
Achiote-and-Orange Pulled PorkWith a little care and attention, this cheap cut of meat will be worth every penny! Rub with achiote paste, then smoke low and slow while "mopping" the meat with a tangy sauce made from orange juice concentrate, vinegar, butter, and salt.
Red Wine-braised OxtailsDon't let the name fool you: Oxtails are simply cow or veal tails and are found in most grocery stores. They're a bony, tough cut of meat that's super easy on the wallet. Brown oxtails in the oven, then braise in red wine, beef broth, balsamic vinegar, and spices. Serve with Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes and Caramelized Root Vegetables for the ultimate comfort food meal.
Paprika Short-rib Beef StewShort ribs are taken from between the neck and shoulder blade, and are typically pretty tough. For a tender rack of ribs, cook in a Dutch oven with bacon, onion, garlic, beer, tomatoes, potatoes, and seasonings. After a couple of hours in the oven, the meat will literally fall off the bone.
Osso Buco-Style Chicken ThighsChicken thighs have a higher fat content than more expensive cuts, which makes them a perfect candidate for this dish–usually made with veal shanks. Simmer the thighs in a tomato sauce flavored with dry white wine and fresh herbs and vegetables. Serve over cheesy polenta for a complete meal.