Prime steak vs Choice steak

We are grilling up a prime and a choice eye of ribeye steak – let’s see how they compare!  Each was seasoned with Montana Outlaw BBQ Beef Rub.

This prime cut is not readily available where we purchase our meat, so used a slice from Snake River Farms American Wagyu Gold Grade Eye of Ribeye Roast, a $450 roast.  We purchased our choice from our local grocery store.

Watch the complete Prime VERSUS Choice Steak video here.

First impressions:

Prime (right)
  • Prominent & consistent marbling
  • Deep, rich color
  • Firm structure
Choice (left)
  • Light marbling, fat along edge
  • Deep color
  • Lack structure

We seasoned it lightly with our Montana Outlaw BBQ Beef Rub and grilled it on our drum smoker – see our ‘How to Apply Beef Rubs’ and ‘Steak 101‘ videos for details.

We grilled both at 400°, pulled at 130°, and let them rest for 5 minutes.  The choice steak was thinner, so it cooked faster.


Prime (right)
  • Prime worth the value, the quality is on a whole other level
  • More tender
  • More intense/concentrated flavor
  • is juicier
  • Thicker strands
  • More tender
Choice (left)
  • Pretty tender
  • Absorbed more smoke flavor
  • Not a much natural beef flavor


Choice is a great weeknight choice, but prime is perfect for special occasions.