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Some of the cheaper cuts of meat offer the most flavor, especially when they are slow-cooked. The following all benefit from braising or stewing, but we also suggest additional cooking methods. We were disappointed in the inexpensive cuts of veal, so we didn’t include any.


Short ribs (marinate and grill), brisket (barbecue), chuck boneless top blade steaks (grill, stir-fry), chuck boneless blade roast, oxtails.


Boston butt (roast), country-style ribs (broil, roast), fresh ham (roast), picnic roast, shanks.


Shoulder blade chops (broil), boneless shoulder (roast), breast riblets, neck, shanks.

Published February 2000


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