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Why Ribeye Caps Deserve a Spot on Your Grill 🍖🔥

"Ribeye caps have 25% more marbling than regular ribeye steaks, making them incredibly juicy." - American Meat Science Association

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The Secret Star of Steaks

Picture this: you're at a summer BBQ, and the grill is loaded with the usual suspects—burgers, chicken breasts, and hot dogs.

But what if you could wow your guests with something extraordinary? Enter the ribeye cap, the unsung hero of the steak world.

This cut, often overlooked, is like the cool kid in school who flies under the radar but has a cult following.


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What Makes Ribeye Caps So Special?

Ribeye caps, also known as spinalis dorsi, are the outermost layer of the ribeye steak, prized for their incredible marbling and tenderness. They have more marbling than a standard ribeye, which means more fat, more flavor, and more juiciness. It's like the difference between a standard movie ticket and VIP seating with free popcorn and soda.

But don’t just take my word for it; Serious Eats describes ribeye caps as "the single best bite of beef." And who are we to argue with the pros?

Grilling Ribeye Caps: Easy as 1-2-3

Grilling these beauties is straightforward and rewarding. Here’s how you can become the grill master of your block:

  1. Prep Time: Season your ribeye caps with salt, pepper, and a bit of garlic powder. Let them sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes.

  2. Heat Things Up: Preheat your grill to high. You want it sizzling hot to get that perfect sear.

  3. Grill Away: Place the ribeye caps on the grill. Sear each side for about 4-6 minutes, depending on your preferred level of doneness. Let them rest for a few minutes before slicing.

For a detailed grilling guide, BBQ Guru has an excellent step-by-step tutorial.

Why Aren't Ribeye Caps More Popular?

Great question! Ribeye caps are often sold as part of a whole ribeye or as part of other cuts, which makes them harder to find on their own.

But once you know what to ask for at your butcher’s, you’ll be in on the secret. Trust me, it's a game-changer.

Did you know? The National Cattlemen's Beef Association reports that ribeye caps have seen a significant increase in popularity as more people discover this cut.

Where to Buy Ribeye Caps

While ribeye caps can be elusive at regular grocery stores, specialty butcher shops and online meat retailers are your best bet. Porter Road and Snake River Farms are known for their high-quality ribeye caps.

Fire Up the Grill!

Next time you're planning a BBQ, skip the usual suspects and surprise your guests with ribeye caps. With their unbeatable flavor and tenderness, you'll be the talk of the neighborhood. Plus, you'll have a new go-to cut that’s as easy to grill as it is delicious.

For more grilling tips and recipes, check out these resources:

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