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A Chop is a portion cut of meat sliced perpendicularly across the spine of the animal.


Chops usually contain a rib (or riblet), and part of a vertebra. Pork Chops and Lamb Chops are the most familiar Chops. If the chop is boneless, (or lightly boned) it may be called a Cutlet.

Chops are not normally used to refer to beef cuts but a T-Bone Steak is essentially a beef loin chop. It is almost simplest to think of Chops in other animals as synonymous with Steaks in Beef.