Snake River Farms Teres Major
In a recent unofficial poll of people in our office, the Teres Major was voted “Most Favorite Cut of Beef.” You might not find the Teres Major at your local grocery store, but it’s well known by butchers, beef insiders and uber-foodies. It’s an uncommon item because it requires a skillful touch to cut if from the chuck (also known as the shoulder). Like the popular, and more expensive, tenderloin, this is a little used muscle so it is naturally very tender. Each Teres Major is shaped like a small tenderloin roast and can be cooked or grilled whole, then sliced into medallions. It can also be used for upscale kabobs, fajitas or other ethnic dishes. No matter how you prepare it, you’ll be amazed at the tender texture, rich flavor and delicious eating experience.
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Got the Teres Major and 4 4 oz Tenderloin to compare them as I had heard this cut was almost as tender as a filet. The marbling was noticeable the further from the center you are and was tender that same way a flank steak is. Cook with chili/citrus marinade to medium rare with fajitas not as the main presentation with garlic herb would be my recommendation. I did like the value compared to the tenderloin, but neither was better enough than choice grade beef to warrant the price. Most prime grade I have had has been more tender, but maybe that is moisture loss from having he beef frozen or just the cut I got that day.
Posted 3/1/2020 by Jb
Teres major steak
My family and I were impressed with the SNF teres major steaks . I started buying this little known steaks years 15 years ago when I worked in a butcher shop. Not very many places carry them here and the place I worked for a dozen years closed recently. I was thrilled to find a supplier AND that it's "wagu" . It's definitely not something I can afford to do often but, a nice treat here and there .
Posted 2/29/2020 by Bec
Not for me
So I took these two pieces of meat and trimmed em of the silver skin, then I threw em in a bag to marinate in salt and pepper over night finally cooked em on my grill over direct heat maybe 3 minutes per side not more then that for sure, first side burned a tiny bit maybe an inch by half an inch at the center of the meat other one was okay, they seared off pretty weird no fat at all, even when trimming the silver skin I noticed there was no fat. Dont grill if you do, then I suggest dont do it in direct heat very long and keep temp inside under 140 is my best opinion didnt have a 2nd one to try again but overall one of the steaks was okay the other got a bit overcooked but thats not why I'm giving one star, it's just I didnt like this meat at all!!! I love most of the wagyu I buy but this was not a great steak flavor and fat less almost completely never even saw one drop literally one drop fall the whole time I cooked it.... not happy maybe as a roast it would be good but as a steak without trimming it thin or something it's totally terrible I was gonna toss it but my dad ended up eating it because he said it's about as good as normal beef steak his buddies make.... I wont be ordering this cut again anytime soon but I will be reordering some other stuff, most everything else was superb so far.
Posted 10/20/2019 by Angiu
SRF Team : Hi Angiu, thank you for your thorough review. We appreciate the feedback on the American Wagyu Teres Major. This cut, which is trimmed from the shoulder, is is somewhat similar to tenderloin due to the fact that it is leaner than most cuts. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our customer care if you have any questions at email@example.com!
Tender meat but work is required
The meat itself is tender but there is a lot of work to do trimming and removing the silver skin.
Posted 9/5/2019 by Sal
SRF Team : Hi Sal,
We are sorry to hear this was your experience with the Teres Major. Please be on the look out for a email from our customer care team.
MUCH SMALLER THAN ADVERTISED
I'm a huge fan of this cut, in general, but was disappointed in the size of the pieces that arrived, which had a total combined weight of only 1.3 lbs ($37/lb), rather than the advertised approx. weight of 1.8 lbs ($27/lb), which I found to be a pretty meaningful discrepancy. I'd planned to serve this to my family of 4, but am afraid it will likely only feed 2-3 max.
I would keep that in mind when determining the quantity of your order and the value vs. other cuts.
Posted 1/16/2019 by Brandon M
SRF Team : Hi Brandon M, we are so sorry to hear that the American Wagyu Teres Major you had received was underweight! We definitely would like to make this right with you, so be on the look out for an email coming your way. Thank you very much for providing your feedback-