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beercuer 03-02-2013 10:55 PM

Flap Steak and Tamales
 
Flap meat is arguably the ideal choice of cut for carne asada. And oh, what a precious treat it is for me!-- literally mouthwatering deeliciousness bite after bite. First I would like to introduce a most savory rub, one of which I am quite fond and highly recommend from Chef Merito:

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I should point out at this point that this post is actually a combination of three meals that I prepared this week, to better illustrate with the prons what I produced and hoped to produce.

I find it is a good thing to let the meat marinate after applying the rub. For that extra "Je ne sais quoi" I like to include the juice of an orange and minced garlic. (Lucky me has homegrown citrus trees in my backyard). Here is what that marinade looks like:

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Okay, I prefer to cook my carne asada a bit more slowly, over indirect heat. I toss on a chunk o' lump mesquite over the hardwood charcoals and let all the flavors settle in.

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Here's how today's process went from start to finish:

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Here is how a plated pic came out on one I did a few days ago-- not quite revealing enough.

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And here is tonight's plated pic, served topped with plenty of salsa, with spinach and Hass avocado on the side.

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Actually, I wanted to present a more traditional culinary lineup for this carne asada by including some homemade Mexican rice and refried black beans. Regrettably I didn't quite get that far, so I resort to my tamale dinner. Here is how that went:

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Hoss 03-02-2013 10:58 PM

Asada looks yummee. We're the tamales homemade or storebought???

beercuer 03-02-2013 11:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Hoss (Post 2391203)
Asada looks yummee. We're the tamales homemade or storebought???

Why thank you, Hoss! You are most perceptive... I confess that this time the tamales were store bought. :grin:

Hoss 03-02-2013 11:08 PM

They still look TASTEE!! :wink:

landarc 03-02-2013 11:10 PM

That all looks good. And tamales from the store are just fine

BobBrisket 03-03-2013 12:37 AM

I'd hit that! The pron looks as good as I remember it!

Bob

caseydog 03-03-2013 12:52 AM

Nice. I smoked some flap meat with some ribs last weekend. I vacuum sealed the smoked flap meat to used to cook into beans and soups.

It is great to see people use all the meat.

CD

beercuer 03-03-2013 05:20 AM

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Originally Posted by BobBrisket (Post 2391256)
I'd hit that! The pron looks as good as I remember it!

Bob

Thanks Bob! In honor of you and times past, I need to real soon do a rack of them big ol' T-Rex Dino bones and break out the yellow jackets! :grin:

beercuer 03-03-2013 05:29 AM

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Originally Posted by caseydog (Post 2391263)
Nice. I smoked some flap meat with some ribs last weekend. I vacuum sealed the smoked flap meat to used to cook into beans and soups.

It is great to see people use all the meat.

CD

Splendid idea indeed, Caseydog. I find that carne asada, when cut up into shreds also make for out-of-this-world tacos!--just hit the meat up hard with the habanero sauce. Works for hard or soft tacos.

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cameraman 03-03-2013 10:38 AM

Inspiring post. Thanks.

Phubar 03-03-2013 12:48 PM

Love it!

BobM 03-03-2013 02:29 PM

That looks really good! :hungry:

AussieTitch 03-03-2013 03:59 PM

Thats one of the pieces, that taste the most to me.
nice

Bluesman 03-03-2013 04:55 PM

That is tremendous. Twice in one week I am exposed to this dish Carne Asada, I really need to get a grip on this and make it. Thanks for sharing, and your tacos are picture book...:eusa_clap

beercuer 03-03-2013 05:08 PM

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Originally Posted by Bluesman (Post 2392070)
That is tremendous. Twice in one week I am exposed to this dish Carne Asada, I really need to get a grip on this and make it. Thanks for sharing, and your tacos are picture book...:eusa_clap

Why thank you kindly, Bluesman! And I want to tell you mighty, mighty impressive and fabulous creation on the "I'm stuffed" throwdown. I sure wanted some of that! :grin:

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