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Denver Steak


Denver steak is cut from a very tender muscle near the shoulder blade. It is as tender as a ribeye and usually less expensive. The Denver steak should be cooked over high heat, taking care to avoid overcooking.

Other Common Names

  • Chuck Denver
  • Under Blade Steak

Primal Cut

  • Chuck Primal

Denver Steak Cooking Methods and Tips

Typical Cooking Methods

  • Grill
  • Broil
  • Pan Fry / Sear

General Cooking Recommendations

Tender, well-marbled Denver steak should be cooked over high heat. The goal is to get a crisp sear on the exterior while keeping the interior from overcooking.

Like all meat from the chuck primal, Denver steak is prone to drying out. Aim for an internal temperature of 135 degrees Fahrenheit (medium-rare). Then make sure to cut against the grain for the most tender possible bites.

Denver steak also makes tender meat for stir-fry. Freeze the steak slightly, then cut thin slices across the grain.

How to Cook a Denver Steak on Your Traeger

Direct, high heat is the best way to cook Denver steak. Preheat your Traeger to 500 degrees Fahrenheit and cook for approximately three minutes on each side for medium-rare -- until the internal temperature reaches 135 degrees.

Denver Steak Internal Temperatures

  • For rare, aim for 120-130 °F internally.
  • For medium-rare, aim for 130-135 °F internally.
  • For medium, aim for 135-145 °F internally.
  • For medium-well, aim for 145-155 °F internally.
  • For well-done, aim for 155-165 °F internally.

Denver Steak FAQs

Is Denver Steak a Good Cut?

Yes, it's a terrific steak cut. A Denver steak has as much tenderness and flavor as the more expensive ribeye.

How Much Does Denver Steak Cost?

It's usually sold for between $10 and $15 per pound. You may not be able to find it at supermarkets -- a specialty butcher that breaks down their own cattle is a better bet.

How Do You Know When Denver Steak Is Done?

This steak is done when the internal temperature reaches 135 degrees Fahrenheit. This cut can dry out fast, so avoid overcooking.

What Is a Denver Steak Best For?

High-heat methods like direct grilling or reverse searing are the best ways to eat Denver steak. You can also slice it thin for stir-frying.

Is a Denver Steak the Same as a Flat Iron Steak?

Denver steak and flat iron steak are different cuts. Both come from the shoulder, but the Denver comes from under the shoulder blade. The flat iron is a top blade cut.

Can Denver Steak Be Cooked From Frozen?

Yes, if you're cooking over high heat, you can cook it frozen.

Interesting Facts About Denver Steak

The muscle that Denver steak is cut from (serratus ventralis) is the fourth most tender on the animal according to a study by the University of Nebraska. The study spurred beef producers to recommend that the cut be sold more often by retailers. The flat iron cut was identified in the same way.

The name "Denver steak" was invented to help market the cut. There's no historic connection between the city and this particular cut.

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association identifies Denver steak with UPC number 1098. You may see this number in the UPC code on the beef package label at the supermarket.

Denver Steak Nutritional Facts

According to the USDA, a grilled Denver steak contains 1602 calories, 185 grams of protein, and 95.4 grams of fat.

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