Texas has become a relative paradise for foodies around the world. Food seems to be engrained into Texas as a whole and its culture is founded upon beef. Beef is the king of all meats in Texas. America has an insane per capita beef consumption that is only rivaled by Argentina and Hong Kong. Who is delivering all of that beef? Well, that would be Texas.
When it comes to beef, there are plenty of famous places to visit in Texas. From sizzling steakhouse restaurant Fort Worth TX to charred chicken fried steak in Dallas, Texas lives and breathes beef. Cow first arrived in Texas in the early 1800s. The Texan cow was bread strong, sturdy, and hardy, able to go up and down long trails and produce fantastic rich and fatty steak cuts. After the Civil War, a steak was cheap in Texas; it always has been. But, post-Civil War the north had a hungering for the delicious meat product and were willing to pay a mint to eat it. While a head of cattle was about $1.50 in the Southern States, in the North, it was going for around $40.00. In order to take advantage of this, Texas farmers decided to start moving cattle up north on the now famous cattle trails.
In order to take advantage of northern prices, Texan farmers started shuttling their cattle up north. These famous trails spawned one of American cultures finest icons, the cowboy. These ranchers would herd cattle all across the United States in order to sell them to areas where cattle raising wasn’t deeply ingrained into their heritage.
Riches Made and Lost
During the late 1800s, cattle were big. Many ranchers and farmers enjoyed wealthy lives. In fact, these ranchers weren’t only men, there were famous female ranchers as well. By the turn of the century, the industrial revolution and modern farming practices had all but wiped out the famous ranches of the past.
Texas has some of the best beef in the world. The beef itself is rich and fatty, while the lean cuts are particularly lean due to the hard-muscular cattle. Texas has a few breeds of cattle. In particular, the Texas longhorn is the most formidable and widely spread Texan cattle. If you have eaten at a steakhouse in America, there is a good chance that you are eating longhorn cattle.
How to Cook Texas Beef
If you want to cook Texas Cow, make sure to start off with a handful of salt. Cover the meat with salt and leave it out for a few minutes. Then, as with most beef, you want to stick it on a very hot cast iron skillet and brown both sides. You want a brown charred outside and a red meaty inside.
We hope this very brief history of Texas cattle will help you understand Texas better and beef better in general. Texas cattle helped spawn the Cowboys and were the source of found and lost fortunes. Texas beef is American beef, and we have darn good beef.