The Tomahawk Steak

In the world of premium cuts of meat, the tomahawk steak stands out—not just for its impressive size and flavour, but for the experience it offers both the cook and the diner. As butchers, we're passionate about providing our customers with not only the finest meats but also the stories behind them. The tomahawk steak, with its long, rib bone and marbled flesh, is a cut that truly tells a tale of culinary craftsmanship and tradition.

What Is a Tomahawk Steak?
The tomahawk steak is essentially a ribeye beef steak specifically cut with at least five inches of rib bone left intact. This distinctive feature gives the steak its name, as the long bone resembles a single-handed axe—hence, "tomahawk." This cut comes from the rib section, the same part as the ribeye, and contains a rich marbling of fat, which contributes to its robust flavour and tenderness.

The History and Popularity of the Tomahawk
While the concept of leaving a long bone attached to a steak might seem like a modern culinary invention, it's deeply rooted in a tradition of butchery that emphasises both presentation and flavour. The tomahawk cut has gained popularity in recent years, thanks in part to its dramatic presentation and the rise of steakhouse dining experiences that celebrate the artistry of meat preparation.

Cooking the Perfect Tomahawk Steak
Cooking a tomahawk steak is an adventure in itself. Due to its thickness and size, this steak benefits from a reverse sear method—starting with a slow roast in the oven before finishing with a high-heat sear on the grill or stovetop. This technique ensures a perfectly cooked interior with a deliciously crispy exterior. Seasoning should be generous yet straightforward, allowing the natural flavours of the meat to shine through. A sprinkle of sea salt, black pepper, and perhaps some fresh herbs are all that's needed to elevate this magnificent cut.

Why Choose a Tomahawk?
Choosing a tomahawk steak is not just about selecting a piece of meat; it's about opting for an experience. Whether it's for a special occasion or the desire to explore the heights of culinary delight, the tomahawk delivers both in flavour and spectacle. Its rich marbling ensures a juicy, flavourful steak, while the long bone handle provides not just a striking visual but also aids in cooking, allowing for easier flipping and handling.

Many of our partner clients offer some incredibly cooked Tomahawks. Feel free to get in touch with us for any suggestions!