I have this leftover chunk of meat in my freezer, and I foolishly did not label it. Does anyone recognize it?

I just need to know enough to be able to cook it. At the very least whether it is beef or pork :) Feel free to suggest what I should make with it.


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It's difficult to guess based on the cut alone, as they butcher animals differently in the US / UK / France / Russia (and Jewish and others), which can result in cuts that aren't easily recognizable in other countries.

I'm going to assume pork, due to the variation in meat color. (it's possible that it's an issue in monitor calibration, but the top left of that first picture is way more 'pink' than 'red' as compared to the muscle to the right of it. You don't typically see that significant of color change between two adjacent beef muscles, nor that pale of a color in beef)

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    +1 for your description of why you assume pork. Absolutely on point! If the only two choices are beef or pork, there's no question. Looking at the shape of the roast, the muscle structure, and the bone, it looks to me like it's a cut from the shoulder, where blade or butt steak would be cut.
    – Cindy
    Jul 15, 2018 at 18:03
  • Thanks! I ended up making pulled pork with it. Came out great! Sep 17, 2018 at 6:08

Without being able to smell it and feel it knowing how big it is (there is no frame of reference as that plate could be a saucer) and how long it was frozen for and how, it's really hard to say with 100% certainty whether this is beef, lamb, pork or dinosaur meat. ;-)

However it contains bone, fat and meat, so add some butter in a kettle, throw the meat in and lightly fry it on all sides, add your favourite spices, a bottle of dark beer and roughly chopped onions and let it boil in the beer with a lid on the kettle until the meat falls off the bone, and come back and tell us what kind of meat it was!


66% chance it's pork though, 22% it's beef that was slightly discoloured by being frozen for too long and a little more discoloured in the top left by bad packing, 11% it's lamb and 10⁻¹¹ % chance it's dinosaur meat. ;-)

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    If it is dinosaur meat, it's probably too old to eat even though it was in the freezer ;)
    – Erica
    Jul 15, 2018 at 0:21
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    If it is dinosaur meat looking like that, it was probably cryogenically frozen... The type of freezer wasn't mentioned in the question! @Erica ;-)
    – Fabby
    Jul 15, 2018 at 0:52
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    Not dinosaur, but ancient: when life gives you 50,000-year-old frozen bison, make dinner. (@Erica)
    – Chris H
    Jul 17, 2018 at 15:22
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    @ChrisH: that's cool, but an upvote would be cooler! ;-) (I read an article about crazy Russian scientists cooking a batch of mammoth meat, didn't know the Alaskans were as crazy as them...) >:-)
    – Fabby
    Jul 17, 2018 at 20:04

Looks like a pork shoulder. It's a common cut for smoking, or pulled pork BBQ. You could braise it.

Fatty roasts always respond well to slow cooking, either in the oven or in a smoker, or in a stew or braise. That goes for beef as well as pork. Cover it with your favorite spices, put it in the oven, fat side up, cook it at a low (325F/163C) temperature until it's soft enough that you can pull it apart with a fork.


I am quite sure this is pork. Where I come from, we make broths and soups with this cut.


Looks like beef chuck roast. Make a nice stew. Even if not beef it should still make a good stew or pot roast


Chuck roast from what I can tell.

Cube it up and drop in a crockpot add veggies and potatoes with some stock or water if you don’t have any.


The first picture shows a curvy thin bone which gives a hint. I'd say it is some sort of pork cut that includes ribs like pork loin chops, porc rib.

Here are a few similar images the the lining layer of fat and bone

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