A guide to buying beef at Costco. We include all the prices at our local Costco and share with you some tips on buying and cooking each cut from USDA Prime Brisket to a great deal on Ribeye. And dont forget the flank steak or chuck roast for your next pot roast dinner!
Costco is one of my favorite places to buy beef. Compared to other major grocery store chains, their beef is of higher quality and at a good price.
I have experienced the many different types of beef from Costco from different stores across the country. I have been to Costco beef departments in Alabama, Michigan, Ohio, Texas, South Dakota, California, and Utah. I have seen similiarities and differences in each of those stores.
Below you will find a list of what I found at the Costco location in Spanish Fork, Utah (please note this list has been updated as of January 2024 to reflect current pricing). Prices and selection could vary depending on where you are at.
I also include some tips on how best to prepare each type of beef. Jump to:
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Grades of Beef and Prime Beef
One thing I wanted to point out is that Costco carry some prime beef. Most grocery stores dont sell prime beef. Generally all you will find is choice beef, but some select in really cheap stores, but for the most part prime beef is used in restaurants.
Check out my post – What is the Difference Between Grades of Beef? – to learn more.
Lets begin our guide through the Costco beef world by looking at the steak cuts you might find. Please note that each cut is boneless unless I list it as bone-in.
A steak with a (*) means this cut was not in stock last time I updated these prices. All of these were prime cuts that arent always available or that you dont find in all stores.
|Choice New York Strip Steak
|Prime New York Strip Steak
|Choice New York Shabu Shabu Strip Steak
|Choice Tenderloin Steak (Filet Mignon)
|Choice Top Sirloin Steak
|Prime Top Sirloin Steak
|Choice Boneless Rib Eye Steak
|Choice Thin Boneless Rib Eye Steak
|Prime Boneless Rib Eye Steak
|Choice Flank Steak
|Choice Top Round Steak
|Choice Plate Short Ribs
|Flap Meat Steak
The Huntsville Alabama store was the first store I saw oxtails in. Since its more popular cut in the south, you are more likely to find it in Costco stores in that part of the country.
Costco offers a great selection of steaks but that doesnt mean you will find every cut. Here are some steaks that I havent found at Costco before. If you have seen any of these at your Costco, make sure to share that in the comments at the end of the post.
- Flat Iron
- Beef Shank (I have only heard of pre-cooked shank in store, not raw)
I would recommend getting NY Strip steaks if you were looking for T-bones or Porterhouse. I have found that these two cuts of steaks seem to be decreasing in popularity as I find them harder to find.
If you are interested, check out our Costco Guide to Buying a Standing Rib Roast or Prime Rib. Available during the Christmas season.
Cut Your Own Steaks
It is not that hard to slice your own beef into steaks of your desired thickness. You just need the right knife.
I like a long, butcher knife. Great for making nice long and even cuts. Probably can be used to slice bread as well.
If you buy the whole ribeye or ribeye roasts that are prime you can get close to restaurant prime rib in your own kitchen
If you are intimated by cutting your own steaks, then starting with a peeled tenderloin is the easiest way to go. A peeled tenderloin has had the silver skin removed, a tough layer surrounds the tenderloin. It must be removed as you will never be able to chew it.
The peeled tenderloin is expensive, so if you can learn how to do it yourself, there are great videos on YouTube, then save a good chunk of change and buy a unpeeled one. You can create steaks AND roasts with a whole tenderloin.
Brisket is a cut that requires long cooking time. Its great for smoking or BBQ. Also is the best choice for making corn beef.
Learn more about the different types of brisket.
You could also an entire brisket for a really good deal – its even cheaper than the choice flat cut brisket. Plus its USDA Prime Beef. You can cut slice it up into more manageable servings and freeze. Great idea if you have the freezer space.
All prices listed are delivered prices from Costco Business Center. Product availability and pricing are subject to change without notice. Price changes, if any
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