The first thing you're going to need to do is figure out what cut of beef you want to prepare in the first place. The cut you choose will inform all the other considerations in the preparation process, so this is the first thing you need to decide. Do you want to throw it on the grill or slowly braise it for maximum tenderness? Do you want a cut with a lot of flavor-defining internal fat or something leaner? All of these decisions will help guide you to the right cut for you, so make sure to choose a cut before anything else.