Steak Specialists Discover A New Cut Of Beef

Turns out that what happens in Vegas no longer stays in Vegas — and that's a good thing. A self-proclaimed Meat Geek has teamed up with the University of Oklahoma to devise the first new style of steak in years.

"The Vegas Strip Steak is the latest and perhaps last steak to be found from the beef carcass," said Jacob Nelson, a value-added meat processing specialist (and owner of the best job title of all time) at the Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products centre of Oklahoma State University. The Vegas Strip is the brainchild of Tony Mata, of industry group Mata & Associates, who approached Nelson and the FAPC for help developing the cut. "Initially, the cut was labelled as undervalued," Mata told the Drovers Cattle Network. "Whenever we can take a muscle and turn it into a steak rather than grinding it or selling it as a roast, we are adding value to the carcass."

The steak itself weighs in at about 396g and can be portioned out as small as 113g. The taste, tenderness and flavour are reportedly akin to a New York Strip or Flat Iron cut. "The tenderness of the Vegas Strip Steak is comparable to the New York Strip Steak," said Mata. "It does not require ageing or marinating to achieve tenderness and its visual appeal enhances the steak eater's overall enjoyment."

The cut recently debuted in (where else) Las Vegas at a dinner arranged at the Trump Tower by Rick Gresh, the chef at David Burke's Primehouse at The James Hotel. It reportedly received rave reviews from those attending.

Most interesting is the fact that this new cut of meat apparently counts as intellectual property, replete with its own licensing and a patent on the cut's fabrication. Mata and Gresh have yet to reveal where, exactly, the cut comes from but they've already lined up national suppliers so we should be getting a taste of Vegas at the local butcher shop soon. [Vegas Strip via DCN via Business Insider]

Image (not of the actual steak): Francesco83/Shutterstock

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    that's ridiculous, you can't allow a patent on a piece of meat.

    They have already patented corn and bean variants to benefit big companies, when does it end?

      The corn and bean variants are genetically manipulated (whether through selective breeding, or direct modification of nucleic acids) to the point where they are not likely to be duplicated without the benefit of the company's investment and success in the particular R&D program. That is, nobody is going to independently create those variants; it's fair to protect their investment and competitive advantage (the whole point of patent/copyright law).

      I agree that a type of steak being patented is complete crap though.

        What happens if those breeds get out and intermingle with the local populace?
        Will someone one day have to burn his whole crop to the ground because a bee moved some genetic material from one place to another?
        I can understand owning the modification insofar as being the only one allowed to make that change, but once it grows elsewhere it becomes ridiculous to try to still claim it as your own.

          Already happened, research "Monsanto"'ll get the idea.

          A very good question! I'm definitely not advocating draconian enforcement of GM crop rights, just explaining that their copyright is not necessarily a ludicrous and terrible thing.

          So I think we agree on the only point I was trying to make. As for your further point, I'm no copyright lawyer, but if a protected strain got out, it would be up to the patent/IP holder to enforce and **prove** infringements, which would be based on how similar to the original strain the new one is, and what the new grower did to obtain and commercialise it. If someone didn't knowingly obtain and commercialise the genetic material, then they couldn't be penalised; likewise if a thief dumps his stolen goods in your holiday home.

    Vegas Strip.. where does it come from.. use your imagination.. it's a muscle.. previously not used.. uh huh..

      The PENIS!!!

        I'm thinking labia minora, as it would come from a cow, not a bull...

        Then again, they've gotta do something with the bulls no longer fit for breeding... Voila the Vegas Strip!

    I'm just kinda curious how this works... Like hasn't this bit of meant been in the cow the whole time - is it just now that the Yanks have decided to sink low enough to eat it and call it delicious...?

      meant = meat

      I think the idea is that parts of the carcass that were previously just turned into ground beef, or were waste are used, OR (see for a look at the cuts and their location.) a piece of meat that was previously cut into 2 different steak types (a and b), with X amount of waste, is cut in a different way, into 3 different types of steak with less waste: less of a and b, some c, and less X.

    Seriously doubt they will actually keep this patent if challenged, because I doubt is hasn't been done before somewhere. Seeing as the idea of meat that you don't eat is relatively new (compared to raising animals for their meat), and the amount of meat that was in that category has been larger in the US than other countries.

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