Short Plate Primal

Primal Cut

The section right under the rib primal with a higher fat content. The Short Plate is a source of Short Ribs and Ground Beef. It's also the home of the Skirt Steak—a thin, flavorful cut that's best when marinated and seared over high heat.

Plate primal cut diagram (Beef)

More about Short Plate Primal

Sub-Primal Cuts

Brisket, Hangar Steak, Skirt Steak, Ground Beef.


Located on the center belly of the cow just below the rib cut, the short plate is considered a continuation of the brisket in some countries. The meat tends to be very tough and high in fat content.

Ideal size

  • Hangar Steaks: weigh about 1-2 lbs. This steak is also a prized steak and is usually kept by the butcher due to its high-fat content and bold flavors.
  • Skirt Steak: weighs about 2-5 lbs. and is very thin and long.

Fat Content

  • Hangar steaks on average contain 22% fat content.
  • Skirt steak on average contain 18% fat content.

Best Cooking Methods

  • Hangar Steaks: This highly coveted steak is very tender when cooked properly. It is usually treated as any other steak with or without seasonings and then grilled to the desired temperature, usually medium rare.
  • Skirt Steak: is usually marinated for long periods of time then coated in a dry or wet rub and grilled over direct heat. The cow meat is then cut against the grain, adding to the tenderness of the final product.

Preparation Methods

  • Hangar Steaks do not need any prepping done to them, maybe just a little seasoning or salt and pepper to accent the flavors of the wonderful cut of beef.
  • Skirt Steak will benefit from a strong acidic marinade overnight or for at least 12 hours. With all the fibers in this cut, the acidic marinade with loosen up those beef parts. After marinating, you can choose to cook the skirt steak in the marinade or rinse it off and coat with a dry rub of spices and seasonings to bring other flavors to the meat.

We should choose this type

  • Hangar Steaks are best for special occasions if you are able to get your hands on one. These steaks can be very pricey since they are not only high in demand but low in supply.
  • Skirt Steak is perfect for making fajitas or stir-fry. The meat is very tender and juicy when finished and can even be used in sandwiches, pastas, and pizzas.

Type of Grill/Smoker when BBQing

  • Hangar Steaks: Direct heat grill or open flame grill.
  • Skirt Steak: Direct heat grill or open flame grill.

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