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Flank steak is from the abs of cattle. It's inexpensive, lean, a bit tough, and tasty. If a ribeye is made for pan-frying, Flank is made for a hot charcoal grill.
Here's how we make it great: Marinate overnight in supermarket Italian dressing with some honey added. Throw on a very hot grill for a few minutes on each side so you get a good crust from the marinade and the honey. It should look like the photo inside. Rest for a few minutes, then slice thin on the bias against the grain.
Really good served with grilled vegetables: peppers, asparagus, tomatoes, squash, mushrooms, etc.
When a small boy in the ‘50s my extended family would pick up 25-30 fresh seeded rolls at a bakery in Brooklyn, drive to Lake Ronkonkoma, spend all day in the lake and then prepare several flank steaks as described. EXCEPT marinated in Schaefer beer.
Served on the rolls. Irish Heaven.
My mom used to make brisket quite often, and it always turned out great. But she didn't grill it, she baked it in the oven. After I left home, I tried to make brisket myself a few times, but it was as tough as a Goodyear tire. So I gave up on cooking altogether, and started going to Arby's for their Smoke House Brisket. It's great. Of course, I could have gotten married, but that would have been one hell of an expensive way to get some brisket.
Good post from The Barrister! Flank steak is one of the most versatile beefs for your grilling pleasure (or searing in a cast iron skillet) as it flavor holds up under so many variations of acids, oils and spices. One cut; a thousand dishes. Just marinate it well, NEVER overcook it and always slice on the bias.
I concur with forgoing the Italian dressing. Balsamic or red wine vinegar, honey, Worcestershire, and a little pickapeppa sauce make a great marinade, but you have to include a diced white onion, and let it sit in the fridge for at least 2-3 days.
I like to put a skillet on the grill and carmelize the marinaded onions over the smoky grill as the steak cooks. Baste the steak with melted butter each time it's flipped.
Skewered peppers are also a terrific addition, as well as some grilled teriyaki shrimp.