Why Marbling Matters to a Quality Steak


Why Marbling Matters to a Quality Steak

Understanding Marbling in Steak

When you pick out a steak in the grocery store, do you know what to look for that will indicate the steak will taste great? Two seemingly similar steaks can taste differently, which can make for a disappointment. Much of the reason behind the difference in taste comes down to marbling. 

The term “marbling” refers to the fat that is found within a cut of steak. The fat is located within muscle fibers, and in a quality steak, that marbling is distributed relatively evenly throughout the entire steak. When you’re looking for marbling, that fat should be a pure white color and will feel firm to the touch. 

Steaks with plenty of evenly distributed marbling carry a higher value than leaner steaks with little to no marbling. That’s because the marbling affects the steak’s taste and texture. The fat helps to keep the steak both tender and moist, making for a more enjoyable dish. When you cook the steak, the marbling melts and carries flavor into the entire steak. If you were to eat a steak with no marbling and then compare it to one with marbling, the marbled steak would be far more delicious. 

Cooking a Marbled Steak

The way that you cook steak will also affect its taste and texture. Marbling can help to improve the flavor of a steak, but if the steak is cooked incorrectly it can become chewy. If a steak has excessive marbling, it can be difficult to eat, so heavily marbled steaks are sometimes shaved thin or chopped. 

If you’re shopping for a steak that will be served whole, rather than shaved or chopped, look for a steak that has generous marbling without being too full of fat. Ribeyes and strip loins tend to have a nice balance between being lean and fatty. 

Bull & Bourbon - Marbled Steak with Vegetables

How to Choose a Quality Steak

In addition to looking at a steak’s marbling, you should consider other factors that can affect its quality and taste. Anytime you buy steak, look for meat that has a good color without any discolored or faded areas. The meat should look moist without appearing wet, and you should avoid any packaged meats that have liquid in the bottom of the container. 

Look for meat that has cleanly cut edges; avoid steaks that have ragged edges. When you touch the package, the meat should be firm and cold. 

You’ll also want to choose a steak that’s appropriate for the way that you plan to cook it. If you’re looking for a tender, melt-in-your-mouth type steak, then beef tenderloin is the way to go. And if you’re celebrating a special occasion or just want to indulge in a top-quality cut, consider beef tenderloin, ribeye, T-bone, or top loin steaks.

For grilling, many lower quality steaks will taste just great and save you money over some of the prime cut options. You can grill tenderloin, ribeye, and top loin steaks, but flank steaks, skirt steaks, and tri-tip steaks are also fine for grilling as long as you take the time to marinate them first. Many people also grill sirloin, but be cautious, since overcooking sirloin will cause it to quickly dry out. 

Bull & Bourbon: Serving Only the Best Cuts

Selecting a quality steak and then cooking it to perfection takes time and talent, which is why we’re happy to take care of all of that work for you at Bull & Bourbon. All of our steaks come from our in-house butcher program, and our on-site aging room means that we use only top-quality ingredients to create our dishes. With top chefs hand-selecting the best cuts, you can be guaranteed that your steak at Bull & Bourbon will have ideal marbling and will be absolutely delicious. 

Indulge in one of our prime steaks, including our 8-Ounce Grass Fed Filet Mignon, our 16-Ounce New York Strip, our 18-Ounce Delmonico Ribeye, and our 14-Ounce Bone-In Filet. We also offer a number of dry aged bone-in steaks, including a 32-Ounce Porterhouse. Other favorites include a 30-Ounce Tajima Wagyu Boneless Ribeye from New South Wales, Australia, and our 36-Ounce Tomahawk Ribeye from Creekstone Farms, Kansas. 

Our menu features premium, delicious dishes that you won’t find anywhere else in Las Vegas. Bypass the grocery store and leave the cooking to us. Make your RSVP today and come enjoy a truly delicious steak at Bull & Bourbon.