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grego 12-28-2000 01:23 PM

Easy Steak Tips
Easy Steak Tips

The first thing you need is the right cut of meat. After a lot of experimenting (top round, bottom round, flank, blade, those precut tips) I determined that Sirloin Strip Steaks around 3/4" thick are the best way to go. These are not all that expensive; I get mine at BJ's, the Value Pack (5 lb or more) is $2.99-$3.29 per pound, which is not that much more than good burger meat.

Strip steaks are not that wide ~3", so I cross cut the grain about 1", so I end up with little steaks that are around 3/4" X 1" X 3". After cutting, leave all the steaks on the cutting board.

Dry-Rub the steaks with Onion Powder (not salt), Garlic Powder (not salt), & ground ginger. If you are not used to using ground ginger, be warned that it is very strong & easy to over-do, so about 1 Table spoon for 5lb.

Now place the meat into a sealed marinating container, Zip-Lock bags, or Vacuum seal bags. For the Teriyaki sauce, I use a combination of 1/3 Kikkoman & 2/3 Maui-Mountain Hawaiian. The Kikkoman alone is way too salty. Another, more healthy way I have done the sauce is 1/2 Kikkoman & 1/2 Applesauce or Duck sauce. You want something to cut the saltiness of the Kikkoman & at the same time, you want something sugary that will caramelize on the meat while cooking. Next, let the meat marinate for at least one full day; I prefer 2-3 days in the refrigerator. I also believe that the vacuum seal bags help the meat marinate better; sucking out the air gets the sauce into the meat.

Finally the cooking. I chef friend of mine (J&W not CIA) once told me that the biggest mistake people make when grilling meat is that they don't cook it hot enough or fast enough. Preheat your grill to around 400-450, on my LP grill I preheat for around 12-15 minutes on high with the lid closed, or until the gauge gets 2/3 up. Cook the meat quickly, 7-8 minutes is all you should need. Take one of the larger pieces off the grill & cut it open; it should be pink & warm in the middle

juro 12-28-2000 03:09 PM

RE:Easy Steak Tips
Boy do I ever miss grilling! Nick - is it cold enough to prevent even you from torching the grill up?

<font size="1"><i>I'd like to move this to the recipe thread later on GregO</i></font><!--1-->

Lefty 12-28-2000 03:13 PM

RE:Easy Steak Tips
I grilled at 6 deg. F last winter. Never too cold. It's a matter of your grille overcoming the cold air around it. And I can tell you this, I have the worlds crapiest junko rebuilt grill and it throws more than enough heat. I got a new grill for xmas but it's sitting in a box. Go for it. The only problem I've encountered is when you run in from the grill to stir the sides on the stove- you track snow. SO I use slippers, leave them at the door and slide em back on when you have to run back to the grill.


Nick 12-29-2000 07:57 AM

RE:Easy Steak Tips
Of course not. I use the same method as Terry except I have some slip on sandals that live in my back hallway. They seem to overcome the snow problem. I even shovel a little path to the grill and in front of it if needs be. It's only cold for that minute that you run out in a t shirt and flip the steak or whatever. I don't usually stand around and watch it cook but rather use a flip and run method

TinMan 12-29-2000 12:19 PM

RE:Easy Steak Tips
I used to use a similar recipe for chicken thighs on the grill: 1/3 soy sauce (Shoyu) and 2/3 Coke.

marvin 12-30-2000 11:52 AM

RE:Easy Steak Tips
Grilling is definitely a 365-day/year activity!! Ask my neighbors, who are convinced that I'm totally nuts (Blizzard? What blizzard?)

GregO- can't wait for you to do show and taste at the next clave

tomd 12-30-2000 03:48 PM

RE:Easy Steak Tips
Marvin, I agree , definately a 365 day activity. when I first move to my new house the next-door neighbor called to tell me my house was on fire. when I said I was grilling (it was about 15 degrees out) they though I was cracked! Tom D

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