7 Inexpensive Meats to Save on the Grill

7 Inexpensive Meats to Save on the Grill | thegoodstuff

It doesn’t take a lot to make grilled food taste great. Meaning you don’t need to spend a ton of money on extra ingredients. Still, the meat itself can quickly add up. So whether you’re craving chicken, beef, pork or seafood, we have seven meats that are affordable and worthy of your summer BBQ.


Chicken Leg Quarters: There’s no need to be intimated by the massive leg quarters you see at grocery stores. They contain the thigh and the drumstick, two incredibly flavorful cuts, often for less than you would pay individually. Get your chicken fix for less than a dollar per pound. That’s a substantial savings over boneless skinless chicken breasts, which can cost 4 times as much.

Pork Loin: Often you can save when you a buy a large piece of meat and cut it into smaller portions. For example, buy a pork loin (if you see a sale around $1.99/lb, you’ll want to grab it up) and cut it into boneless pork chops. Use this method to save around $2/lb on your pork chops.

Pork Shoulder: The shoulder is where you’ll find some of the best deals on pork. It can taste delicious, but you need a plan. The trick is to cook it low and slow. Hence, the most popular rendition of summertime pork shoulder — BBQ pulled pork.

Ground Beef: We’re all for eating healthy, but you’ll pay a lot more for lean ground beef and sacrifice juiciness and flavor in your burgers. For flavorful, affordable (and not too terribly unhealthy burgers), go for 80/20. Not only will lean ground beef (93/7) produce somewhat dry burgers but you’ll pay around $2+ more per pound.

Sirloin Steak: A sirloin isn’t necessarily cheap, but is a good alternative if you’re looking for a quality steak without paying filet mignon prices. Filet mignon comes from the very tender, aptly named tenderloin. If you choose meat from the sirloin, you lose some of that tenderness but still get an incredibly flavorful (and much more affordable) steak.

Calamari: Most of us order calamari appetizers when we’re looking for a real treat. You may be surprised to find that calamari is actually affordable to buy and easy to grill. Buy a bag of tubes and tentacles for around $3.49/lb and use a grill basket or look for calamari steaks.

Tilapia: Tilapia is typically one of the most affordable fishes you’ll find at the grocery store. Tilapia has a very mild flavor and takes on the flavors of whatever herbs and spices you season it with. Soft fish like tilapia can break apart easily and fall through grill grates, so you may want to consider cooking it in a foil packet.

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And don’t forget to check for coupons


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