Common Cuts of Beef
What it is: Named for its distinctive T‑shaped bone (see photo), this high-quality steak is much like a porterhouse. The difference: It is cut from the front end of the short loin, which contains less tenderloin. A favorite of backyard grillers everywhere, the T-bone is an ideal partner for potato salad, tangy slaw, and cold beer.
Price: $12.50 a pound.
For 4 people, buy: Two 1-inch-thick steaks (16 to 18 ounces each).
Best way to prep: Season with salt and pepper or use a rub.
Recommended Cooking Times (for Medium-Rare)
Grill: 3 to 4 minutes per side.
Sear: 4 to 5 minutes per side.