Secrets to great steaks {part 2}

Steak Secrets: classic cuts and flavor flecks

Imagine the sizzling aroma of beef meeting flame when you toss a T-bone on the grill. Rich beef flavor, a satisfying bite and mouthwatering juiciness are the reasons classic steaks like ribeye, strip and filet mignon are so popular. In addition to familiar favorites, though, consider a few new favorites that are not only delicious, but wallet friendly.

The Flat iron

flat iron steak

Also known as top blade, flat iron is a relatively inexpensive steak that is well-marbled, tender and juicy. The only steak that is more tender than this chuck cut is the tenderloin (filet mignon).

Center-cut sirloin

center cut sirloin

Lean and juicy, and full of intense beef flavor, the center-cut sirloin is a reasonably priced choice. A center-cut sirloin steak is great for the grill.

Secret Weapons for Great Steaks
There’s one secret to the perfect steak, regardless of which cut you choose: marbling. Look for a steak that’s full of small white flecks of flavor within the meat. Ample marbling helps ensure every bite will be full of flavor and juiciness. And here’s a tip — it’s a no-brainer, really. Buy Certified Angus Beef ® brand steaks. The brand’s strict specifications require generous marbling among its 10 quality specifications.

And for an extra layer of rich, robust flavor? Worcestershire sauce pairs beautifully with beef. Try this simple marinade — ideal for flat iron, chuck eye, flank and top round steak — at your next cookout.

Signature Steak Marinade

signature marinade

1/2 cup Lea & Perrins® Worcestershire Sauce
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1-1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Combine all ingredients. In large, shallow, non-aluminum bake dish or plastic bag, pour marinade over steaks; turn to coat. Marinate in refrigerator for 30 minutes. Remove steaks; discard marinade. Grill to preferred doneness.


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Jennifer Kiko

Jennifer lives on a rural route with her husband, kids, horses, cows and faithful Labs, Cash and Carter. She's an aspiring foodie and enjoys making good food for great friends. She lives next door to a winery, plays the piano, and admits to growing too many tomatoes.