Chef Barry Strand | September 10, 2019
Removed from the outside of the Ribeye, the Ribeye Cap – or Spinalis - offers a tender, flavorful cut of beef which can be used in a variety of menu applications. Whether it’s grilled, made as a roulade, reverse-seared or even smoked, the Ribeye Cap will give your diners a delicious meal rarely experienced anywhere else.
The versatility of the Ribeye Cap allows restaurants to menu this cut in a variety of options. Use a cast iron skillet to make a beef noodle dish, roast it for a Po ’Boy sandwich or grill a steak size portion for a center-of-the-plate entrée.
Smoke: Lay two whole Ribeye Caps on top of each other, roll, tie and cut into 2” pieces. Lay the Ribeye Cap pieces in the smoker. Smoke for 1 to 2 hours depending on level of smoke desired. Finish on grill and serve with traditional BBQ sides like coleslaw, macaroni salad or baked beans.
Reverse-Sear: Grill whole Ribeye Cap on indirect heat, then move to direct heat or a cast iron skillet to sear before serving. Serve with an apple and zucchini slaw with apple cider vinaigrette.
Roast a Roulade: Stuff whole Ribeye Cap with minced shallots and garlic, parsley, basil, sage, salami and provolone cheese. Roast, slice and serve with a fresh Caesar salad.
Order the whole Ribeye Cap - IMPS/NAMP #112D or Ribeye Cap Steaks IMPS/NAMP #1112D. Both are referred to as the Ribeye Cap or Spinalis.
Another option is to order the Ribeye Roast, UPC #1193, and fabricate the Ribeye Cap in-house by taking off the cap of the roast. Fabricating this cut from the Ribeye Roast is a great way to extend the value of the Ribeye by obtaining two profitable cuts - the Ribeye Cap and Ribeye Filet - from one roast.
Once the Cap is taken off the Ribeye Roast, you are left with Ribeye Filets. Filets are cut in smaller portions than a Ribeye Steak, and “tease” the eye in thinking that they are actually thick cut Tenderloin steaks or Filet Mignon. This cut is a great option to use in a center-of-the-plate setting and can be grilled, broiled or cooked in a cast iron skillet.
The Ribeye Cap has been consumed by consumers for decades as part of the Ribeye Steak or Ribeye Roast, but using the Ribeye Cap on its own offers customers variety and a unique dining experience.
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