Shoulder Clod: Don’t Call It a Comeback

A workhorse cut of beef, Shoulder Clod’s amazing flavor and versatility are often overlooked. Until now.

There are superstars in the world of beef: the Ribeye, the New York Strip and of course, the beloved T-Bone.

And then there’s the Shoulder Clod.

A hefty cut of five distinct muscles fabricated into Top Blade, Shoulder Center and Shoulder Tender cuts, with the remaining two typically being used for Ground Beef or Stew Meat.

Peculiarly named, inexpensive and toughened up over a lifetime of use, the Shoulder Clod may not be the first thing that jumps to mind when planning out a menu. But at second glance, it very well could be the secret weapon in your culinary arsenal. Here’s why.

The Original Star of Texas BBQ

Whole Shoulder Clod is the original go-to cut for Texas BBQ. Slightly leaner but packing huge flavor, its availability and versatility put it in a prime position to make a comeback as the BBQ champ. Smoked Shoulder Clod packs a bold, beefy flavor and unlike brisket, you get a crisp, salty prime rib-like crust.

whole shoulder clod
whole shoulder clod

The Original Star of Texas BBQ

Whole Shoulder Clod is the original go-to cut for Texas BBQ. Slightly leaner but packing huge flavor, its availability and versatility put it in a prime position to make a comeback as the BBQ champ. Smoked Shoulder Clod packs a bold, beefy flavor and unlike brisket, you get a crisp, salty prime rib-like crust.

plated flat iron steak with sides

Three Steaks in One

The Shoulder Clod can be separated into Flat Iron, Petite Tender and Ranch Steaks. Let’s break them down.

You may have already heard about the Flat Iron. Relatively new to the culinary world, it’s the product of a joint initiative between the University of Nebraska and the University of Florida. Researchers devised an innovative way to trim the connective tissue resulting in a tender, delicious cut – the Flat Iron.

Second in tenderness to filet mignon, the Flat Iron is well-marbled, richly flavored and juicy. Great on the grill, under the broiler or pan-seared in a skillet, its uniform thickness provides an even cook through.

Then there’s the teres major more commonly known as the Petite Tender steak. You’ll find great flavor as well as tremendous profit potential. This juicy, tender cut can run as much as 50% less than traditional beef tenderloin, depending on beef market pricing and availability.

Rounding out the trio is the Ranch Steak. Cut across the grain from the Shoulder Clod Arm Roast, one of the Ranch Steak’s biggest strengths is its versatility. Best when marinated and cooked medium-rare, Ranch Steak is ideal for stir-fry, lo mein, grilled entrées, salads, pho and more.

plated flat iron steak with sides

Three Steaks in One

The Shoulder Clod can be separated into Flat Iron, Petite Tender and Ranch Steaks. Let’s break them down.

You may have already heard about the Flat Iron. Relatively new to the culinary world, it’s the product of a joint initiative between the University of Nebraska and the University of Florida. Researchers devised an innovative way to trim the connective tissue resulting in a tender, delicious cut – the Flat Iron.

Second in tenderness to filet mignon, the Flat Iron is well-marbled, richly flavored and juicy. Great on the grill, under the broiler or pan-seared in a skillet, its uniform thickness provides an even cook through.

Then there’s the teres major more commonly known as the Petite Tender steak. You’ll find great flavor as well as tremendous profit potential. This juicy, tender cut can run as much as 50% less than traditional beef tenderloin, depending on beef market pricing and availability.

Rounding out the trio is the Ranch Steak. Cut across the grain from the Shoulder Clod Arm Roast, one of the Ranch Steak’s biggest strengths is its versatility. Best when marinated and cooked medium-rare, Ranch Steak is ideal for stir-fry, lo mein, grilled entrées, salads, pho and more.

Why Stop There? Start Experimenting!

Shoulder Clod’s uses go beyond BBQ and steak applications. Clod Heart can also be used as ground beef, cubed steak and sliced and diced meat. Sliced Clod Heart Yakitori? Go for it. Or how about Diced Clod Heart Chicken Fried Steak Nuggets? There’s no limit to Shoulder Clod menu ideas. Take this cut and run with it!

Diced Clod Heart Chicken Fried Steak Nuggets
Diced Clod Heart Chicken Fried Steak Nuggets

Why Stop There? Start Experimenting!

Shoulder Clod’s uses go beyond BBQ and steak applications. Clod Heart can also be used as ground beef, cubed steak and sliced and diced meat. Sliced Clod Heart Yakitori? Go for it. Or how about Diced Clod Heart Chicken Fried Steak Nuggets? There’s no limit to Shoulder Clod menu ideas. Take this cut and run with it!

Ready to put Shoulder Clod on your menu? Get in touch with the Tyson Fresh Meats Foodservice Team today!

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