London Broil Info

Discussion in 'Beef' started by cubguy17, Apr 30, 2008.

  1. cubguy17

    cubguy17 Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I was asking for a london broil cut of meat and where I was they didn't have any. All the Qview that I have seen has looked so good I have wanted to try it. After doing a little research I found this. Kinda interesting...

    If you think you know what this is, you're probably wrong

    London Broil, despite what you might find at the local meat market is not a cut of beef but rather a method of cooking. It was one of the first recipes to become popular in early restaurants and so the name London Broil because synonymous with a cut of meat. Originally that cut of meat was flank steak, but over the years the name has been applied to almost any cut of beef that is very lean and less tender. Hence you might find London Broil being a steak or a roast that comes from the sirloin or round sections of cattle. This of course makes the whole thing very confusing.
    To make matters worse the original method of the London Broil was simply a flank steak, pan fried to medium rare, cut cross grain and served. This method is perfect for a flank steak because it becomes very tough if cooked too long and by cutting it into strips you made it easy for even the dullest of teeth to get through. zSB(3,3)
    Later the method was changed to include marinating the flank steak and then grilling or broiling it. This makes the name make a little more sense. Now the origins get even more confusing. The marinade traditionally used for London Broil has ranged anywhere from a simple mixture of olive oil with salt and pepper to a wide collection of ingredients. You need to remember that chefs in earlier days tended to make mix seasonings, sauces and marinade more from what was on hand than from a specific recipe. To get a good marinade for London Broil try a mixture of soy sauce, olive oil, garlic, ginger, balsamic vinegar and honey. This gives it the basic flavors that make beef great.

    From here you need to grill the marinated flank steak, hot and fast and to no more than medium. Overcooking will make it tough no matter how long you marinated. When the steak is ready remove it from the grill, allow to rest for about 5 minutes, then carve, cross grain, and serve in strips. It's great on mashed potatoes (a traditionally favorite side dish). If you've been paying attention you will have noticed that most recipes that involve flank steak are prepared this way, from traditional fajitas to, well, anything with flank steak. This is generally a tough ct of meat, but it has great flavor and if you prepare it right, people will love it. Okay, now for all those other things called London Broil. These cuts all have something in common, they are lean and tend to be tougher, so the same rules apply. You might find "London Broil" in anything from a 1 inch cut to a 4 inch roast. Marinate for 2 to 3 hours per inch and grill to no more than medium. On the thick roasts you will want to grill it directly for about 2 minutes per side then grill indirectly for about 30 minutes. The internal temperature should not pass 130 degrees F. Allow thinner cuts to rest for about 5 minutes and whole roasts to rest for 10 minutes. Resting allows the meat to relax and the juices to flow. Carve the London Broil cross grain and serve. It's a great way to get a really good meal out of a less expensive cut of meat.

    Don't know if he knows what he is talking about just thought I would share this.
  2. placebo

    placebo Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Interesting read, thanks for posting it Cubguy17. I never even thought about the name being a cooking method as opposed to a particular cut. I used to eat a lot of london broil when I was younger (and broker). Now I just slice it up and make jerky out of it. Tri-Tip is my favorite grilling cut next to filet mignon of course.
  3. fritz

    fritz Meat Mopper

    Yep!! Could be chuck, top round, bottom round ect......Alll tastes good using the London broil method.....and some of it's good for jerky!! LOL
  4. lcruzen

    lcruzen Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I've always done London broil the traditional way posted above using flank.
  5. abelman

    abelman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I use a flank steak as well with a Mojo marinade.
  6. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    the hy vee stores here sell's that cut of meat AS a london broil.......go figure.........i always figured it was the flank steak

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