For a while I was debating whether or not it’s worth it to get a membership at Costco.
Then I realize a lot of you – my lovely blog readers – were Costco shoppers and thus interested in tips for shipping at Costco. So that was the final factor that got me to buy a membership.
One of the factors I was looking into before I got my membership was the cost of meat, particularly beef.
I did my research I collected all the prices and cuts of beef my Costco in Ann Arbor, Michigan had. And I said, hey I should share that info with my blog readers. So that is why you are here now.
Below you will find a list of what I found at the Costco location in Ann Arbor, Michigan (please note this list has been updated as of June 13, 2018 to reflect current pricing). Prices and selection could vary depending on where you are at. I also include some tips on how best to prepare each type of beef.
Background on my Meat Knowledge
Much of my meat knowledge has come from reading the Niman Ranch Cookbook. Besides having amazing recipes it has a lot of information on everything you wanted to know about meat and how it is produced.
I cannot recommend this book enough. It changed the way I looked at meat and helped me turn out some mouth watering meals in my kitchen. If you are interest in some really top notch beef and other meat recipes, I highly recommend picking up the Niman Ranch cookbook.
Grades of Beef and Prime Beef
One thing I wanted to point out is that Costco carry some prime beef. Most grocery stores don’t touch the stuff. Generally all you will find is choice beef, but some select in really cheap stores, but for the most part prime beef is used in restaurants. Check out my post – What is the Difference Between Grades of Beef? – to learn more.
Costco Beef Buying Guide
Flat Cut Brisket, $8.49/lb
This cut requires long cooking time. It’s great for smoking or BBQ. Also is the best choice for making corn beef. To learn more about brisket check out this post.
Whole Prime Brisket, $3.79/lb
You could also buy an entire brisket for a really good deal. Plus it’s USDA Prime Beef. You can cut slice it up into more manageable servings and freeze. Great idea if you have the freezer space.
Whole USDA Prime Ribeye, $12.69/lb
This is the entire ribeye. It’s a large chunk of meat. You can cut it up for steaks or roasts. Check out this YouTube video on what you can do with it.
Ribeye Boneless Steaks, $9.99/lb
The steak are more expensive then the whole cut. Under $10 a pound for ribeye is not a bad price at all – probably one of the cheapest prices I have seen lately. They also have thinly cut rib eye steaks for a dollar more per pound.
Ribeye Roast, $9.99/lb
Not as expensive as the steaks. If this roast was bone-in and a prime cut it would be prime rib. You can use this to get close to restaurant prime rib in your own kitchen.
Tenderloin Steaks, $14.49/lb
Most places just called these Filet Mignon. This is a cheaper price than most places. But I would recommend buying a whole tenderloin and cut the steaks yourself.
Whole Tenderloin, $11.59/lb
Cheaper than the steaks and you can cut it into roasts as well. I like Alton Brown’s recipe for Tenderloin roast.
Whole Tenderloin Peeled, $19.99/lb
Same tenderloin but it has been peeled and trimmed for your convenience. That’s a lot of extra money per pound to pay for convenience. Better for learning to do it yourself.
Prime New York Strip Steak, $15.99/lb
This prime beef steak is great for the grill (probably the only thing I would do with it)
Choice New York Strip Steak, $8.99/lb
The choice option is a ton cheaper here. You have to decide if the prime is really worth the additional $8/lb!
Whole New York Strip, $10.89/lb
Get a whole NY strip and cut into steaks that you can make whatever thickness you like.
Prime Top Sirloin, $9.49/lb
Great grilling option. Or you can broil it. I have tried Alton Brown’s recipe for Broiled Sirloin and it was good. You can also braise it. It’s a good value for a prime steak.
Whole Prime Top Sirloin, $7.69/lb
For prime beef it doesn’t get any more affordable than this.
Choice Top Sirloin, $7.79/lb
If you have the extra money in your budget go for the whole prime sirloin and cut the steaks yourself. You will be getting a higher grade beef for 10 cents less per pound!
Flank Steak, $7.89/lb
I love to broil these things. They take a marinade better than any other cut of beef I know.
Top Round, $4.49/lb
This cut comes from the upper back part of the cow. It’s tougher than the sirloin. It is also lean. Dry cooking methods tend to dry this cut out. I would stick to wet cooking methods with this cut.
Short Ribs, $9.99/lb
Good for stews and BBQ. I haven’t worked a lot with them as fatty cuts of beef tend to give me heartburn. Sometimes you find prime whole short ribs for $4.69/lb
Eye of Round Roast, $4.19/lb
Makes for a cheap yet still flavorful roast when prepared properly. Check out my post on how to prepare eye of round roasts.
Round Tip Roast, $3.89/lb
Less tough than other round roasts. It still needs a wet cooking method. Braise it. Cut it up for stew meat. You can roast it but you need to do it slowly and not past medium.
Chuck Roast, $4.99/lb
This is my go to cut for pot roast. It has the enough fat and it tasty when you slow cook it. One of my favorite pot roast recipes is my Moroccan Pot Roast.
Recommendation – the Whole Ribeye
I did like some of the prices, especially for the whole ribeye. It is not that hard to slice your own beef into steaks of your desired thickness. You just need the right knife. I like a long, butcher knife, like this one. Great for making nice long and even cuts. Probably can be used to slice bread as well. For more on shopping for ribeye steak, check out the link below.
Thermometer for Meat
One of the biggest piece of advice I give people about meat is that a thermometer is your best friend. It’s how I take the guesswork out of cooking any meat. Here are a couple that I recommend. They are a wise investment. Saved me countless times from ruining a good steak. And they helped me learn what a good steak will look and feel like when cooked to perfection.
Instant Read Thermometer – The best for steaks. Helps you to check to see if you have reached the perfect medium rare or medium steak.
Taylor Digital Cooking Thermometer with Probe – These are the type you insert the probe into the meat while it’ cooking. This is what I use for beef that goes in the oven, like any type of roast. I like this one because I can set the exact temperate I want. Some come with only preset temperatures which I don”t like. I want the temperature I want.
Costco vs. Sam’s Club – Beef Prices
Seasoning Beef from Costco
I could not end this post without taking a moment talk about seasoning. When it comes to beef there is nothing more important than salt. A great salt can really make your food extraordinary. Costco does sell salt but nothing that really stands out. My favorite salts can be found from Thrive Market, which it is great site to use in junction with your Costco membership. Thrive has items that Costco doesn’t have and vice versa. Get an extra 25% OFF your first order + a 30 day free trial membership when you sign up at Thrive Market! (Valid on orders $49+, max $20 discount)
The best salts from Thrive Market include Redmond Real Salt, Light Grey Celtic Sea Salt, Maldon Sea Salt Flakes, and HimalaSalt Himalayan salt. A once a year or every 6 months stock up on various salts is a huge gain for your pantry.
We Love to Hear From You
What you purchased beef at Costco before? What did you think? I would love to have your comments below. Also make sure to check out my post on Buying Bison at Costco, and why you might want to give it a try over beef.
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