“Considering that humans have been raising, slicing up and eating cows for thousands of years, you’d think that every possible cut of beef has been discovered by now, but apparently not. Called the Vegas Strip steak, discovered by a guy named Tony Mata and Oklahoma State University is perhaps the last distinct new cut of beef possible unless you want to spiral cut cow ankles or something.
“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 Center 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 labeled 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 14 ounces and can be portioned out as small as 4 ounces. The taste, tenderness, and flavor 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 aging 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.
May 21, 2012