What Is Certified Angus Beef?

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Epic Chophouse is proud to serve Certified Angus Beef ®. To earn this brand name, cattle must first be Angus-influenced, with a predominantly black coat. Then, beef must pass ten specifications. Only 8% of all cattle qualify and only 30% of Angus Cattle make the cut.

10 Quality Specifications

Marbling and Maturity

1. Modest or higher marbling – for the taste that ensures customer satisfaction

2. Medium or fine marbling texture – the white “flecks of flavor” in the beef that ensure consistent flavor and juiciness in every bite

3. Only the youngest classification of product qualifies as “A” maturity – for superior color, texture and tenderness

Consistent Sizing

4. 10- to 16-square-inch ribeye area

5. 1,050-pound hot carcass weight or less

6. Less than 1-inch fat thickness

Quality Appearance and Tenderness

7. Superior muscling (restricts influence of dairy cattle)

8. Practically free of capillary ruptures (ensures the most visually appealing steak)

9. No dark cutters (ensures the most visually appealing steak)

10. No neck hump exceeding 2 inches (safeguards against cattle with more variability in tenderness)

What Is Certified Angus Beef brand Prime?

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Only truly elite beef surpasses the USDA’s stringent Prime standards, AND meets all 10 of the brand’s quality specifications. Less than 1.5% of beef achieves the high standards of Certified Angus Beef ® brand Prime. Marbling is key to its incredible flavor and tenderness.