Is there a main course more elegant than a tenderloin roast? These mouth-watering roasts are versatile and amazingly tender with a buttery texture. Where other cuts get their delicious texture from marbling, the tenderloin is naturally tender and low in fat. Whether prepared whole or cut into steaks, our roasts are sure to impress your family and friends.
Our whole tenderloin roasts are hand trimmed to remove extra fat and the tenderloin chain, so there is more usable weight included with each roast.
Beef Grading 101
This tenderloin roast is USDA Choice, the second highest level of marbling recognized by the USDA.
Beef sold in the U.S. is graded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). There are eight total grades and Choice is the second highest level
The USDA describes Choice as “high quality, but has less marbling than Prime” which means our beef at this level is excellent. Whenever possible, we work to use beef from the top one third of Choice for the highest quality possible within the grade.
Marbling, or intramuscular fat, is the most important factor used to grade beef in the U.S. and around the world. This is determined by a visual inspection of the amount and distribution of intramuscular fat between the 12th and 13th rib. Historically, this single inspection provides a correct indicator of the entire carcass.
The tenderloin roast is obtained from the loin primal located under the ribs and next to the spine. The direct source is the psoas major, a muscle that receives minimal use. Exercise makes a muscle tough, so the lack of physical activity makes the tenderloin a very tender cut. This muscle has minimal marbling so it does not have the flavorful fat found in ribeyes or New York strips. Our American Wagyu tenderloin has a higher amount of marbling than USDA Prime grade tenderloin which makes for a more flavorful filet mignon.
Fast fact: Meat scientists have proven the tenderloin is the most tender of all cuts using a measure called shear force. This is defined as the pounds of force to shear one-half-inch cores, removed parallel to the muscle fibers, of cooked muscle from steaks and roasts. The tenderloin scored 5.7 of shear force. On the other end of the scale is the top round steak, which scored 11.7.