A guide to buying beef at Costco. We include all the prices at our local Costco and share with you some tips on buying and cooking each cut from USDA Prime Brisket to a great deal on Ribeye. And don't forget the flank steak or chuck roast for your next pot roast dinner!
Prices updated for 2024!
Costco is one of my favorite places to buy beef. Compared to other major grocery store chains, their beef is of higher quality and at a good price.
I have experienced the many different types of beef from Costco from different stores across the country. I have been to Costco beef departments in Alabama, Michigan, Ohio, Texas, South Dakota, California, and Utah. I have seen similiarities and differences in each of those stores.
Below you will find a list of what I found at the Costco location in Spanish Fork, Utah (please note this list has been updated as of January 2024 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.
- 🏫 Grades of Beef and Prime Beef
- 🥩 Steak Prices
- 🍖 Whole Cut and Roast Prices
- 💲 Have Prices Increased?
- 👁️ Ribeye
- 🐄 Beef Tenderloin
- ♨️ Brisket
- 🍎 New York Strip
- 🎩 Top Sirloin
- 🐮 Flank
- ⚪ Top Round
- 🐂 Short Rib
- 👀 Eye of Round
- 🍲 Chuck Roast
- 🎧 How to Manage Buying in Bulk
- 🧂 Already Cooked/Seasoned Beef
- 🌡️ Thermometer for Meat
- 🥊 Compare to Sam's Club
- 👩🍳 Seasoning Beef
- ➕ More Guides
🏫 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 sell prime beef. 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.
🥩 Steak Prices
Let's begin our guide through the Costco beef world by looking at the steak cuts you might find. Please note that each cut is boneless unless I list it as bone-in.
A steak with a (*) means this cut was not in stock last time I updated these prices. All of these were prime cuts that aren't always available or that you don't find in all stores.
|Choice New York Strip Steak
|Prime New York Strip Steak
|Choice New York Shabu Shabu Strip Steak
|Choice Tenderloin Steak (Filet Mignon)
|Choice Top Sirloin Steak
|Prime Top Sirloin Steak
|Choice Boneless Rib Eye Steak
|Choice Thin Boneless Rib Eye Steak
|Prime Boneless Rib Eye Steak
|Choice Flank Steak
|Choice Top Round Steak
|Choice Plate Short Ribs
|Flap Meat Steak
The Huntsville Alabama store was the first store I saw oxtails in. Since it's more popular cut in the south, you are more likely to find it in Costco stores in that part of the country.
Costco offers a great selection of steaks but that doesn't mean you will find every cut. Here are some steaks that I haven't found at Costco before. If you have seen any of these at your Costco, make sure to share that in the comments at the end of the post.
- Flat Iron
- Beef Shank (I have only heard of pre-cooked shank in store, not raw)
I would recommend getting NY Strip steaks if you were looking for T-bones or Porterhouse. I have found that these two cuts of steaks seem to be decreasing in popularity as I find them harder to find.
If you are interested, check out our Costco Guide to Buying a Standing Rib Roast or Prime Rib. Available during the Christmas season.
🍖 Whole Cut and Roast Prices
Here are the prices of beef at Costco that is either whole cuts or roasts (not steaks). These are your large chunks of beef. Most of these come in a cryovac packaging.
A roast with a (*) means this cut was not in stock last time I updated these prices.
|Choice Whole NY Strip
|Choice Whole Top Sirloin Cap Off
|Choice Whole Ribeye
|Choice Flat Cut Brisket
|Prime Whole Brisket
|Choice Peeled Tenderloin
|Prime Unpeeled Tenderloin
|Choice Unpeeled Tenderloin
|Choice Chuck Roast
|Choice Eye of Round Roast
|Choice Boneless Ribeye Roast
|Choice Short Ribs
|Back Ribs (Sliced)
|Choice Tri Tip Roast
|Prime Trip Tip Roast
|Choice Whole Round Tip
Tri Tip like oxtails is another example of a beef cut that is more popular in a certain region of the country. I found a lot of it when I was out west, especially in California and Utah. But I didn't find any in the south or midwest.
💲 Have Prices Increased?
I saw pretty much every single cut go up in price from 2021 to 2022. But from 2022 to 2023 prices were pretty much the same. A couple things were lower in price but that was about it. I am seeing that so far in 2024 as well.
The price at Costco for a choice boneless Ribeye steak is one of the better prices. Most places are going to be several dollars more a pound. So if you are a Ribeye fan, Costco is a good choice.
They also have thinly cut rib eye steaks that I have either seen for the same price or for a $1 per pound more. Bone-in is available sometimes as well.
During special meat sales or shows, I have seen Tomahawk Ribeye steaks at Costco. These are the ones with the huge long bones. It's not very common
Compare the price of Ribeye steak at Costco to what they are at other stores.
Cut Your Own Steaks
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. Great for making nice long and even cuts. Probably can be used to slice bread as well.
If you buy the whole ribeye or ribeye roasts that are prime you can get close to restaurant prime rib in your own kitchen
🐄 Beef Tenderloin
If you are intimated by cutting your own steaks, then starting with a peeled tenderloin is the easiest way to go. A peeled tenderloin has had the silver skin removed, a tough layer surrounds the tenderloin. It must be removed as you will never be able to chew it.
The peeled tenderloin is expensive, so if you can learn how to do it yourself, there are great videos on YouTube, then save a good chunk of change and buy a unpeeled one. You can create steaks AND roasts with a whole tenderloin.
Brisket is a cut that requires long cooking time. It's great for smoking or BBQ. Also is the best choice for making corn beef.
Learn more about the different types of brisket.
You could also an entire brisket for a really good deal - it's even cheaper than the choice flat cut brisket. 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.
🍎 New York Strip
I usually prefer the flavor of the Ribeye steak, however at Costco the NY Strip steaks are cheaper in the price. Other stores I see them more equal in price.
A Whole NY Strip is offered that is prime beef. One thing I haven't mentioned yet but its nice to have a whole cut because you can cut the steak is whatever thickness you like.
Compare the price of NY Strip steaks at Costco to what they are at other stores.
🎩 Top Sirloin
I call top sirloin a good value steak. It's cheaper than Ribeye and NY Strip but still is a quality steak. If not grilling them, you should try doing them in your oven's broiler. Really good that way.
If you wanted to test the quality of choice vs. prime beef, top sirloin would be the way to go. Buy a pack off each and see for you it if it's worth it in the future to buy the prime.
The cost of a flank steak at Costco is under $10 a pound which is better than a lot of other grocery store. There is no other cut of beef I now that soaks up a marinade as well as a flank steak. Just like the top sirloin, they are good for broiling as well.
Important with all steak, but especially with flank - you'll want to cut the steak against the grain to make shorter fibers. This will reduce the amount of chewing you will need to do to eat it.
⚪ Top Round
The top round cut 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.
London Broil can be made from top round steak. Some stores may label top round as London Broil. The dish is made by marinating the beef, then broiling it and slicing it thin against the grain. Some recipes will call for flank steak and I have heard that it was London Broil originally started with using flank.
🐂 Short Rib
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. Sometimes you may be able to find already cooked and seasoned short ribs in the refrigerated section by the cheese.
👀 Eye of Round
Makes for a cheap yet still flavorful roast when prepared properly. Check out my post on how to prepare eye of round roasts. Since I don't see bottom round or rump roasts at Costco this might be your closet alternative
If you have a sous vide machine/immersion circulator, eye of round is a great choice for long cooking.
🍲 Chuck Roast
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. Instead of potatoes and carrots, it calls for chickpeas (garbanzo beans) and couscous.
🎧 How to Manage Buying in Bulk
On an episode of our podcast, Eat Shop Waste Not, we interview another blogger who is a huge Costco fan. Get ready to hear tips on how to manage the huge packages of meat that you buy so that nothing goes to waste as well as some of her favorite recipes.
🧂 Already Cooked/Seasoned Beef
Costco does carry some already cooked meat. You can find it close to the raw meat department, in the same place you would look for cheese. Both skirt steak and tri-tip are available at some Costco stores as already seasoned meat.
Let me list for you some options I have seen. These may or may not be in your store.
|Arrachera Marinated Skirt Steak
|Frontera Slow Cooked Barbacoa
|Sliced Grass Fed Sous Vide Sirloin
|Teton Water 100% Grass Fed Beef Sausage
|$6.13/lb ($15.79 for 36oz package)
|Kiolbassa Beef Sausage
|Steakhouse Seasoned Beef Tri-Tip
|Greenridge Beef Sticks
🌡️ 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.
Check out my picks for the best thermometers to use for beef.
🥊 Compare to Sam's Club
👩🍳 Seasoning Beef
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 and my mind pepper is in 2nd place. A great salt can really make your food extraordinary. Costco does sell salt but nothing that really stands out to me as special. I use salt and pepper that I source elsewhere.
Learn about the best seasonings for beef. I talk about different types of salts and peppercorns you can use for your steaks along with how to make your own beef rub for roasts and for making shredded beef tacos.
➕ More Guides
I really hope you find a lot of good information in this post. Want to learn about other types of meat at Costco? Check out all our other guides:
We update these posts each year to best reflect the current prices.
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What have you purchased beef at Costco before? What did you think? I would love to have your comments below. What is your favorite steak or roast to buy? 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.