What is the difference between Angus beef and regular beef?

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LAST UPDATED: July 25, 2020 by Ryan M

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Angus beef is beef taken from an Angus cow. Angus is a breed of cattle with its own unique characteristics. Angus cattle are known for having genes that make their meat more tender, marbled, and flavorful than regular beef. Better marbling means the fat is dispersed thinly and evenly throughout the meat ensuring consistent texture, juiciness, and flavor. They are also a heartier breed which means they typically require fewer antibiotics in than other cow breeds.

In order to qualify as Certified Angus Beef (CAB), the beef has to come from cattle that are certified on paper as having specific genetic qualities. For example, their bodies must be at least 51% solid black, hence the term “Black Angus.” The exception is the Red Angus, which is a red-brownish colored breed.

If you are looking to buy Angus beef, look for a CAB sticker on the packaging. CAB certifies that the beef has gone through a much more rigorous certification process than the standard USDA grading process. If you are buying lower USDA grades of beef such as Select or Standard, you will likely find little difference between a regular cut of beef and an Angus cut of beef. The Angus beef is supposed to shine when it is USDA graded as Prime or Prime Plus. Expect to pay 10-15 % more for Angus beef.

So, does Angus beef actually taste better? This is a much-debated topic on the internet. Most say there is very little difference in taste or texture if you are eating beef from a fast-food restaurant. However, if you are getting the beef from a high-end restaurant or a reputable butcher, some say there can be a noticeable difference in taste and texture. Personally, I can’t tell a difference and think it’s clever marketing more than anything else.

INTERESTING FACTS
  1. About 720 quarter-pound hamburgers patties can come from a single cow.
  2. Brazil and the United States are the top beef producing countries in the world.
  3. New Zealand, Uruguay, Argentina, Australia, and Brazil have more cows than people.
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INTERESTING REFERENCES
  1. 4TheGrill.com – Angus Beef vs. Regular Beef
  2. TheSpruce.com – Angus Beef
  3. Meat-Online.co.za – 10 Interesting Facts About Beef and Cattle

8 COMMENTS

  1. I have tried the Angus Beef several times now I wont buy it because it does not taste as good as the regular beef we are use to buying, the taste of the meat is so much different then regular beef is. an im not the only one that says this about Angus Beef, I have talked to several others that say they wont buy it either because the taste is so much different. I think it Must come from China or somewhere.

    • That is interesting. I can’t really tell a difference and neither can anybody else here where I live in Louisiana. However, we don’t really get that high quality of meats.

  2. I agree with Larry. I purchased about a dozen varieties of the black angus steaks, beef, etc. After cooking the ribeye steaks, they had a very funny taste to them; almost as if they were going bad or sour. Needless to say, we did not finish eating the cooked steaks. I am very disappointed with all the hype about the Black Angus Beef, it is NOT WORTH THE MONEY !!!

  3. We just bought a quarter of angus beef from a relative . We cooked the hamburgers on the grill and I noticed the taste and texture was drier then what I am used to when buying beef from the grocerey store. Maybe the steaks will taste better. I do prefer more marbling in both hambuger and steaks. I hope the rest has better marbling! Fat makes it tastier for sure!

  4. As a 100% grass fed and finished, registered, Aberdeen Angus I can tell you the meat IS different. It tastes like beef should taste. We are so use to corn and grain fed beef tar we have no idea what it should taste like from grass. Lol. You are not wrong… it is an acquired taste. But… so much better for you. ? Unfortunately, our corn and grains are covered in chemicals these days. Then the cattle eat the corn and grain. Then… we eat their meat. Not a great situation for sure.

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