Post by addiction_to_spurs on Jun 13, 2005 8:15:39 GMT -5
Well friend, it depends on the cut of steak your cooking and how you're cooking it...............I'm assuming you're grilling it. Now, if its a good cut of meat like a ribeye, T-bone, or porterhouse I wouldn't marinate it with ANYTHING but a little butter. No need to marinate a good marbled cut of meat, almost ruins them in my opinion. What I will do is take my steak and rub it with salt and pepper and let it sit out until its room temp.........thats to keep the butter from buttering back up too fast. Then I will melt a stick of butter in a shallow dish and flop the meat around in it and then let them sit in it until the butter starts clotting back up. Then they are ready to sear on the grill. I will take and brush some butter over them while each side sears well, or maybe some bacon drippings, depending on my mood. A little more salt and pepper when they come off the grill and thats it.
Cheaper and tougher cuts of meat, or just leaner cuts I will marinate and I usually just see what I have laying around and start throwing things together. It usually has a beer base, unless I am throwing something in that doesn't mix well with the beer. But your basics, work fine......italian dressing, worcestershire sauce, a little hot sauce, garlic powder, salt, pepper, red pepper, sometimes a little liquid crab boil. Or maybe just a dry rub with Tony's, some more peppers and extra garlic, a little rubbed sage, and let that set for a few hours. Take some of the same rub and mix with melted butter to brush on during cooking.
Here's a couple recipes for marinade I've tried that are pretty good though. 1/4 cup olive oil 2/3 cup sherry vinegar 3/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped 3 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped 3 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 6 large cloves garlic, chopped salt and pepper
mix all ingredients and set a little aside for basting during cooking. Marinate your meat for 4 hours to overnight.
For a simpler taste, this one works well:
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Fresh Crushed Garlic, Minced Rosemary and Thyme marinate as least 4 hours.
Here's one from a friend that I've never tried, but it looks too interesting not to try eventually.
Cuban Mojo Marinade 1 cup olive oil 12 cloves garlic 1 cup lime juice 1/3 cup orange juice 2tsp. ground cumin 1 1/2 T salt 2tsp. black pepper 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
DS - ATS is exactly right. If you buy quality meats then why ruin the natural flavors. However, I disagree on leaving beef out to room temperature. The reasons are simple: 1. If the temperature of beef rises above 38 degrees you leave yourself open for bacterial growth. 2: The blood starts to move and it will leave the meat thus lowering the quality. 3: Fat is flavor. the warmer the meat the less white fat you will retain during cooking.
There is a secret to cooking good quality cuts of meat. Keep it cold. when you are ready to cook dust both sides of meat with a kosher salt and pepper mixture. Place on a hot grill to sear. This will keep your flavor in the meat. After beef is seared move to a lower temperature and cook to desired doneness. Here is the secret----- Remove from the grill and let stand for 20 minuites. Let the beef rest and the flavors will return to the cut. If you have cookesd the steak correctly and let it rest correctly there will not be any juices on your plate after you have made your first cut.
If you want marinade recipes let me know what you like and I will try to help.
Post by DeerStalker on Jun 15, 2005 23:17:03 GMT -5
Thanks for all the info..... I rarely buy anything but excellent meat. My favorite lately has been beef tenderloin. They are relatively small but very thinck. I like my meat medium rare as I find it has more flavor.
So basically butter and maybe a little salt and pepper huh!
Well for the lesser quality meats I would like to see what you have that is a littel bit tangy.....I don't mind a little spicy either. I'm just tired of the garlic all the time. I'm ready to venture out and try something new. My GF really doesn't like steak unless it's made just right. She seems to like mine so I never tried anything new as I wasn't sure if she would like it. I would try something new if I knew that it was pretty good. So if you have some others I would like to hear them.
ATS- I will try those ones.....I may try the one your buddy gave you. I think its sounds interesting.
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