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Another name for beef cheeks?

Are beef cheeks something you can get at a well-stocked supermarket? I've never seen them, and was wondering if they might be called something else.

asked by sarah k. almost 5 years ago
5 answers 6752 views
Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

added almost 5 years ago

Unfortunately they can be tough to find. I usually call ahead and order them.


pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

added almost 5 years ago

You really need a genuine butcher who can trim a whole carrcass.the guys at the supermarket just run a saw and slap meat into foam trays.

added almost 5 years ago

It can be difficult! You have to find a butcher who has independent sources of meat. The common way of killing the beef involves head trauma in such a manner that the bone splinters into the cheeks so it cannot be used. If you know a restaurant who serves beef cheeks, ask them who their supplier is.

Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Creative Director of Food52

added almost 5 years ago

If you're thinking of making the Barbacoa Beef Cheek Tacos -- pictured above and in our Cinco de Mayo post -- and can't find the real deal (we had a hard time tracking them down ourselves), we've found that short ribs are an excellent substitute.

added almost 5 years ago

And, in some places, the UK for example, the abattoir has to dispose of the head, so almost impossible to find retail.