Palatability of Beef Skirt Steaks as Influenced by Grade/Maturity Group, Anatomical Location and Mechanical Tenderization Academic Article uri icon


  • Beef inside and outside skirts (n = 120) obtained from 30 U.S. Choice carcasses and from 30 U.S. Utility cow carcasses were used in a study to evaluate anatomical location, grade/maturity group and method of mechanical tenderization on the palatability of cooked “fajita” beef. Ratings for juiciness, muscle fiber tenderness, overall tenderness, and overall palatability were higher (P < 0.05) for outside skirts than for inside skirts. Skirt steaks—inside and outside—from U.S. Choice carcasses were juicier, more tender overall, and more palatable overall than skirt steaks from U.S. Utility carcasses. Cubing, as a method of tenderization, was more useful for skirts from U.S. Utility carcasses than for skirt steaks from U.S. Choice carcasses. Copyright © 1988, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserved

author list (cited authors)

  • RECIO, H. A., FRADELLA, L. C., CROSS, H. R., SMITH, G. C., & SAVELL, J. W.

citation count

  • 2

publication date

  • November 1988