These days it’s pretty hard to get a good cut of beef for a reasonable price. Sure you can buy dollar per pound ground beef all day long, but that’s pretty far from what I consider good beef. You could also spend an average weekly salary on various cuts of dry-aged steaks. While delicious, it’s not exactly realistic when feeding a family. Save the dry-aged porterhouses for special occasions.
Instead, I like to use cuts of beef that most people overlook. You can usually find good-quality beef at reasonable prices if you’re willing to use the less popular cuts. While there are some exotic choices like beef tongue that most Americans aren’t used to eating, there’s tons of starter cuts that have a steaky flavor but with a cheaper price tag.