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Is it just my perception?

I find that bone-in steaks are not as tender as boneless. Does the bone have any bearing on how tender the meat is?

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  1. I suppose it has a lot to do with what cut we are talking about. What cuts are we comparing? The same cut of meat with and without the bone, or are we comparing filet mignon vs Porterhouse steak and brisket vs Portehouse.

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    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

      You're right. I should have specified. I was referring to ribeyes.

      1. re: mucho gordo

        In this case, I cannot think of any good reason why bone-in would be tougher than boneless ribeyes.

    2. Well, I find that bone in pork chops have more flavor than boneless. I don't know about tenderness though. I hate the trend of boneless chops and steaks.

      1. I'm guessing but I think MG is talking about a bone in strip or ribeye and a boneless strip or ribeye. I've never done a side by side to compare tenderness but the grade of meat needs to be the same for this type of test. Also remember that 2 prime graded steaks can be widely different in marbling. One can be at the top of the prime grade and one near the boarder of prime and choice

        1. It's your imagination.

          Also, with bone-in steaks (ribeyes, strips, etc.) people have a tendency to overcook because of the bone.

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            Good point. Beef ribs, for example,; if I don't specify 'well done', they'll be raw at the bone.

          2. It's probably my imagination also, but I've thought bone-in ribeye more juicy (if not more tender) than boneless. Probably I've rationalized that the bone protects at least the one edge from moisture loss (and perhaps also insulates it from overheating), and hence I'm predisposed to think it's juicier.

            1. "The closer the bone, the sweeter the meat" unatributed age old saying.

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              1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                I have heard that since I was a very little kid from my mom. I always thought it is a saying to persuade little kids to eat bone-in meat. :)

              2. I prefer bone in rib eyes and T bones. There is something about eating the small amount of meat from the bone that I love. I growl at anyone who comes near!!!

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                1. re: Motosport

                  I love anything on the bone best of all, it's never seemed less tender to me, just moister and more flavorful... I do that junkyard dawg snarly thang, too. :-)

                  1. re: Motosport

                    Ha ha me too. A good reason to eat these at home. Also so I can get them properly, truly RARE.

                  2. The bone definitely has a bearing on the tenderness, but it's the exact opposite of what you are saying. Meat near the bone cooks, slower, so if you are to cook the steak medium rare, it would be closer to rare near the bone, giving it a nice tender feel. Meat on the bone generally seems to have more marbeling, which gives great flavor and is usually more tender. That being said, the grade of the steak and the thickness of the cut will also play a huge role in it.