Muscles and Meat

Pop quiz-

Do you know what part of the pig bacon comes from?

Do you know which muscle your favorite steak is made of?


Here is a list of some common cuts of meat and their anatomic correlations.


Bacon or Belly is composed of anterior abdominal wall subcutaneous fat and three muscles-

Transversus abdominus (deepest layer)
Internal oblique (middle layer)
External oblique (superficial layer)

Bacon is differentiated from Belly by the typical absence of overlying skin or dermal layer.

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How to make the Perfect Prime Rib

Prime rib is one of the most tender and flavorful cuts of steak if cooked properly. It is from the loin or back muscles of the cow and can officially include only the 6th through the 12th ribs. Therefore, the largest prime rib available is 7 ribs. The traditional rule of thumb is to have about one rib per person but in my experience, a 7 rib roast is enough for at least 10 people. This particular 7 rib roast weighed in at 18 lbs.

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