beef cuts explained


Cow Diagram of Tomahawk Beef Cut

what is it?

The Tomahawk steak is undeniably one of the most impressive cuts you’ll find in our service cases. With its trimmed bone resembling a primitive tomahawk axe, it’s a true feast for the eyes. This unique presentation, coupled with the extended bone, calls for a thicker cut compared to a traditional ribeye steak, usually around two to two and a half inches.

The ribeye itself is renowned for its rich, buttery flavor and tender texture. It consists of two dominant parts: the Longissimus Dorsi, also known as the “eye of the ribeye,” and the Spinalis, often referred to as the “Ribeye Cap” or “Crown.” The eye of the ribeye represents the meatiest and central portion of the cut, containing a significant amount of marbling. The ribeye cap beautifully wraps around the eye, typically separated by a thick layer of marbling. Lastly, the spinalis, the most tender portion of the ribeye, is often considered the sought-after delicacy of this cut.

how to prepare:

Given its size and thickness, the best way to prepare this impressive steak is by bringing it to room temperature and then searing it on high heat for approximately 4 minutes per side. Once seared, transfer the steak to indirect heat and continue cooking until the internal temperature is about 5° below your preferred degree of doneness. If you prefer your steak rare, remove it from heat at around 120°F. For a medium-rare steak, aim for 130°F. A medium steak should reach around 140°F, while medium-well requires 145°F. If you enjoy your steak well done, remove it at 155°F. Remember to cover the steak with foil and let it rest for 5-10 minutes to allow the juices to redistribute and the flavors to intensify.

how to pair:

Of course, no decadent Tomahawk steak dinner is complete without the perfect wine to accompany it. We recommend pairing this magnificent cut with a full-bodied red wine, such as a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Malbec from Chile or Argentina. The robust flavors of these wines beautifully complement the richness of the steak, elevating the dining experience to new heights.

try it!

One thing to keep in mind before embarking on your Tomahawk grilling adventure is its size. The bone alone measures 5-6 inches in length. Therefore, ensure you have sufficient grill space to accommodate this large cut, or consult one of the butchers at your local Milam’s Market in Miami to trim it to your preferred length. Our expert staff is always ready to assist you in creating the perfect dining experience.

Indulge in the remarkable Tomahawk steak, savoring the exquisite flavors, and relishing its striking presentation. Elevate your culinary journey with this exceptional cut, impressing your guests and delighting your taste buds with every bite.