Flank Steak Suggestions

Discussion in 'Beef' started by flbobecu, May 19, 2010.

  1. flbobecu

    flbobecu Smoking Fanatic

    I'll be preparing 3, 1/3lb flank steaks on Thursday for the family.

    Just looking for suggestions on recipes, and how to make them. Open to about anything.. first time I will be cooking them. (I just got seriously into grilling/smoking about 2 weeks ago)


    Thanks in advance for your help. [​IMG]
  2. roltyde

    roltyde Fire Starter

    I grill mine. I rub a little EVOO and Weber Canadian Steak Seasoning on them. Let them get close to room temp and throw them on a medium hot grill. I have marinated them but really can't see a noticeable difference. When I did marinade I used Lawry's Chop House marinade. I grill them for about 8 minutes per side.

    Take them off to rest and, this is the most important part, cut them on the bias across the grain. I slice about 1/2" thick.

    Good luck!
  3. flbobecu

    flbobecu Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks! [​IMG]
  4. hookup

    hookup Smoke Blower

    We just soak them in italian dressing overnight then throw on a hot grill for 5-10 min/side (depending on the thickness)
  5. squirrel

    squirrel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I love to grill flank steak for fajitas. Sometimes I marinate overnight with just a little oil, garlic, onion, S&P. I like the flavor it adds, but I don't think it helps with tenderizing. I like mine medium rare so I drop them on a med. hot grill for about 4 min. per side. Tent with foil, lettem' rest. Definitely cut on the bias thin slices. I serve with black beans and rice, pico de gallo, sour cream, monterey jack, sauteed onions and peppers and warm tortillas! That sounds so good, I might just have that tonight! Thanks for getting me warmed up already about supper!
  6. flbobecu

    flbobecu Smoking Fanatic


    It does sound good!

    Forgive my "newb'i'ness" (if that's even remotely close to a word), but whats the best way to "tent" and about how long should I let it rest? Additionally, why "tent"? I see the term used quite a bit around here, figured I'd ask..
  7. squirrel

    squirrel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Tenting is taking a piece of foil and covering the meat without wrapping it up tight, losely covering the meat. The purpose is to slowly bring down the temp of the meat and letting it rest so all the juices stay in the meat. Have you ever cut a piece of meat right after it came off the heat and the juices all run out? That's not a good thing. Slowly bringing down the temp and letting it rest re-distributes the juices back up in to the meat.
  8. Flanks are definitely best when grilled (quick, hot heat... only cooked to medium). They do absorb marinades very well and you have cut them against the grain to keep it tender. My favorite marinade to use when eating them plain (not as fajita or sandwich) is soy sauce, grated fresh ginger, garlic, lime juice and olive oil. Only needs to marinade for maybe an hour... then it's ready to be patted dry and thrown on the grill.
  9. squirrel

    squirrel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    How long to let it rest depends on the size of the meat, but for what you have I'd say 10 minutes would be fine.
  10. flbobecu

    flbobecu Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks for the info. I thought it went along those lines, but was double checking. :)
  11. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'm with Hookup on this one and marinade it in some italian dressing and then grill it on a really hot grill juy for a couple of minutes on each side. Then just let it rest and slice against the grain and you will be in fajitas heaven.[​IMG]
  12. shooter1

    shooter1 Smoking Fanatic

    Just curious, I see that you purchased the flank steak at Publix. I have never seen flank steak in rounds like that. The package clearly says Flank Steak though.

    If you haven't tried skirt steak give it a try. Cook the same way you would flank, 4-5 minutes per side and slice across the grain for some tender great tasting meat.
  13. greendrake

    greendrake Smoke Blower

    I take my flanks and depending on time, one of two things. Either a little salt, pepper and crushed, dried rosemary, or I make a little marinade with teriyaki, Worchesershire, soy, garlic, tabasco and bourbon and submerge it in my foodsaver cylinder and vacuum seal it for at least a half hour.

    With vacuum sealing you can get a 24 hour marinade in about 20 minutes, especially on flanks. I get my Traeger as hot as I can, then a few minutes each side and down to 375 til done.
  14. I make a paste out of garlic, fresh rosemary, onion, salt, pepper and olive oil. Slather some of that on there and marinate for an hour or so (I use the foodsaver thing too, though I'm not sure how much difference it makes).

    Alternatively, garlic, freshly grated ginger, onion and some sesame oil are delicious too.
  15. flbobecu

    flbobecu Smoking Fanatic

    Is that a good thing, or a bad thing? lol

    I have not had skirt steak - at least not recently, that I can remember. I have heard of it thought - thanks for the tip. :)
  16. flbobecu

    flbobecu Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks for the replies. [​IMG]

    After I settle down from after ribs tonight, I'll figure out what to do for the steaks. All of them sound good.
  17. indyadmin1974

    indyadmin1974 Smoking Fanatic

    A buddy at work brought in some flank steaks for Cinco de Mayo

    He marinated overnight in:
    Dos Equis
    Sliced white onion
    Soy Sauce
    S & P

    I don't know the exact amounts but I know the beer was 64oz and 1 onion.

    We grilled on a medium heat charcoal grill until they had a good char.

    Heated up some corn tortillas on the grill and his homemade salsa...that was out of site!
  18. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    [​IMG] Try marinating with Mojo Crillio, then alittle Grill Mates. Flip in on the grill a couple of times. Do NOT over cook.
    We do Skirt steak all the time.
  19. scubadoo97

    scubadoo97 Smoking Fanatic

    I've never seen flank steak sold like that at Publix. Looks like thin strips rolled into pinwheels seeing as the package is less than a pound. As has been mentioned cut across the grain. I like to cut flank very thin. It is not a tender cut of meat but has great flavor. I buy it a lot. Another steak you should check out is Flat Iron. It is from the top blade shoulder roast. Publix often has these roasts on sale for $3.49/lb. Split them lengthwise removing the thick tough connective tissue and you will have flat iron steaks at a great price.
  20. grampyskids

    grampyskids Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    We love garlic, so what I do is to cut little pockets in the steak and insert slivers of fresh garlic in them. Coat with some EVOO and season with garlic salt and CBP. Grill them over high heat for about 8 minutes on one side and flip for another 7. Cover with foil for about 10 minutes. Here is where I differ from the others; I slice them on the bias across the grain. This way makes for shorter fibers and an easier piece of meat to chew.
    Good Luck

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