The cheek is located in the jaw.

Did you know?

  • Do not confuse the cheek with the jowl. The cheek is smaller and does not need to be cut.
  • Cheeks are very popular with restaurant owners, as they become extremely tender after slow cooking. They give sauces a unique richness and consistency.
  • The cheek is made of lean meat and collagen.



  • You can get fresh cheeks in ethnic markets or order them from some butchers and specialty grocery stores. You can also find jowls in the frozen ready-to-eat section.