It’s 4th of July, and grilling season is well underway. If you know me, you know that I like to take things to the next level. Burgers and chicken are awesome any day of the week, but I’m always on the hunt for the best way to do just about anything.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been interested in the cuts of meat that yield the most robust flavors. Experimenting with cuts that are less well-known means you can take advantage of all the butcher has to offer.

Diversifying your consumption of any food helps you to expand your palate and enjoy a variety of meals. It’s also more sustainable for the environment. In other words, I’ve given you a few solid reasons to throw something new on the grates this summer!

Here’s a helpful guide to get you started…

The Best Cuts of Meat for the Grill

Teres Major Steak: This is a tender piece off the shoulder. It’s very similar in tenderness to beef tenderloin, but it’s the size of pork tenderloin. I made this the other day by marinating it first in a sous vide, then quickly finishing it on the grill. It was phenomenal! (See the featured image for a taste.)

Chump Chops: Lamb and pork produce chops, which typically refer to the center or shoulder cuts. These are elegant and really decadent (think: cocktail hour). But if you’ve never tried a chump chop, I encourage you to put it on the menu. This cut is taken from the top end of the lamb or pork leg, essentially the rump, with a bit of leg bone running through it. This ensures a tender and rich result.

T-Bone: It’s what I like to call the best of both words. This all-American favorite features a piece of filet mignon and a piece of strip steak. Envision a T-chart, but with meat. The filet is buttery and tender, while the strip is marbled, meaning it’s packed with flavor. All you really need is a generous seasoning of good-quality salt and freshly ground pepper. Pop one on the grill to satisfy both sides of your epicurean interest.

Now, we really want to hear from you! What are you grilling up this summer? Let us know in the comments below or tag us on Facebook with a picture of your best grilled meat.