Beef cuts

Beef cuts

Beef Shin

Also known as the shank, this is a cut of beef taken from the lower leg of a steer. The shin is a highly worked muscle that is supported by high levels of connective tissue. This connective tissue is broken down through slow cooking over a low heat and results in a moist, tender meat with rich flavour. The cuts that come from the beef shin are:

  • Osso Bucco (with bone in)
  • Gravy Beef (boneless)


The knuckle sits above the knee joint at the front of the hind leg. There are two knuckles per carcass. It is made up of two muscles with the 'eye of knuckle', a lean piece of meat that is the centre muscle. This is best pan-seared and roasted at a low temperature to prevent it from drying out. It can also be sliced thinly to stir-fry. The cuts that come from the knuckle are:

  • Eye of knuckle (for roasting or medallions)
  • Knuckle cover (for stir fry or roast)


The beef rump is cut from the hindquarter and is a boneless piece of beef that covers the hip

bone of the animal. There are two rumps per carcase. An extremely versatile cut, it can be roasted, pan-fried, barbecued, stir-fried or slow-cooked in a braise or casserole. It is a great full-flavoured piece of beef. The cuts the rump can be broken down into are:

  • Rump steak (grill/pan fry)
  • Rump roast (roast)
  • Rostbif (roast)
  • Picanha (grill/roast)
  • Eye rump side (grill/roast)
  • Rump centre (roast)


The chuck is the area of a steer that extends from the neck to the fifth rib of the chest cavity. There are two chucks per carcass. Although chuck cuts are flavourful, they are not as tender as the loin and rib cuts and they can become rather tough if not cooked properly. Often due to high amounts of connective tissue, the chuck is typically stewed, slow-cooked or braised to make it more tender, moist and flavourful. The connective tissue breaks down in the cooking process adding flavour, gelatinous texture and also helps to tenderise the meat. The cuts that come from the beef chuck are:

  • Mince
  • Diced beef
  • Chuck eye slow roast
  • Slow cook chuck steaks


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