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Fake Farmer 10-11-2013 06:37 PM

Chuck Steak Advice Needed
So here's the situation....My wife's birthday is next thursday, 17th. I asked her if I could cook for her to take that off her plate for the day. She liked the idea, and the freezer's a bit empty these days. She asked for the last big chunk of meat from a 1/4 cow we purchased. A big chuck steak.

Everything I'm reading says stews and cubing it up because it's got more gristle and is a tougher cut. That's not really what I'm up for. I'm 100% confident cooking a steak she'll love but I realize this cut can be a bit different. She's not huge on gristle/fat.

My goal: A delicious steak, and nice presentation fit for a special meal. I'll cook whatever sides she asks for....and do all this on my 18.5 kettle.

My ask from you all: Please share any proven techniques you like, marinades, or direction for sear-and-rest, low-and-slow, or somewhere in between.

Thanks in advance to all.

Diesel Dave 10-11-2013 06:45 PM

I guess my only question is how thick is the steak?

BBQinMI 10-11-2013 06:52 PM

Its not really a piece of meat that is meant to be treated as a steak... it needs to braised or cooked low and slow

Diesel Dave 10-11-2013 06:56 PM

^^^ I agree but was asking the size for a time and possibly a reverse sear on it.
And possibly a marinade.
If the steer was treated properly when/if medicated/vaccinated there shouldn't be any gristle.

Fake Farmer 10-11-2013 07:18 PM

As I went down to pull the chuck and take a look at it I realized...I might be in a whole new situation. Is this a chuck roast? Obviously, this is a ridiculously large piece of meat for 2 people. Any thoughts/experience/advice appreciated. Thanks already for the interest, Diesel Dave and BBQinMI.

PS...Every piece of meat I have had from this cow has been beautifully marbelled and tender.

Diesel Dave 10-11-2013 07:27 PM

Yup that's a roast. And a nice lookin one
Low and slow like said, a rub of SPOG (salt, pepper, onion and garlic) light smoke if she likes that or an indirect cook would be best.

IamMadMan 10-11-2013 07:27 PM


Originally Posted by BBQinMI (Post 2655056)
Its not really a piece of meat that is meant to be treated as a steak... it needs to braised or cooked low and slow

^^^^^ YES, Even as a steak it will be tough unless it is braised..

Braising relies on heat, time, and moisture to break down the tough connective tissue known as "collagen" in meat, making it an ideal way to cook tougher cuts. Many classic braised dishes such as coq au vin are highly evolved methods of cooking tough and otherwise unpalatable foods. Slow cooking in a crockpot is also a form of braising.

cirk 10-11-2013 07:33 PM

Don't listen to these guys. Trim the hard fat. Break out the mallet, don't go to thin. I marinade chuck nothing salty. Dry with paper towels evoo S&P and grill hot and fast. Rest in tented foil. Enjoy!

RevZiLLa 10-11-2013 07:45 PM

If there is enough there for two, the chuck eye steak is fantastic.

Fake Farmer 10-11-2013 08:12 PM

Welp, always nice to be the guy that doesn't know what cut of meat is right in front of him. I'm an idiot.

New plan.... Adapt and overcome!
8 hour marinade with red wine-ish mixture/garlic cloves/pepper/, indirect cook snake-method (cause it's her birthday and she isn't going to be too happy if I'm running down to the grill every 20 minutes) with the intention of slicing rather than pulling. Maybe a sear at the end.

Questions: Temp and time expectations? Minimum internal temperature for tender and delicious?

Everyone says this has to be done to 190-205 to work, but I am trusting this beef is exceptionally better than the avg cut. Shooting for a much lower temp if possible.

RevZiLLa 10-11-2013 08:52 PM

If you cut the chuck eye out of it, you can cook it like any steak. the rest of it can be braised.

Tonybel 10-12-2013 11:11 PM

Make pepper stout beef?

reedzkee 10-13-2013 10:18 PM

I will find any reason to throw a piece of meat on the grill instead of cooking indoors. But after smoking a few chuckies, I must say I prefer them braised as a pot roast.

I use my moms pot roast recipe. Salt n Pepper, a light dusting of flour if you wish, brown it in the iron skillet, then pour a can of campbells french onion soup, a can of campbells beef broth, and pop it in the oven ~350 for 3 hours. At that point, throw in some potatoes/carrots and cook for another 30-45 minutes. One of my favorite meals of all time, and pretty much impossible to screw up. I specifically use campbells for this recipe as it imparts a specific flavor that works well for it.

I just can't imagine cooking one like a steak. Setting yourself up for disappointment.

Hitman0321 10-13-2013 10:53 PM

Pepper shout beef would be a good choice, but for a birthday dinner I would go with coq au vin if you can, it is a dish that will impress. I personally have never cooked a chuck like a regular steak, because the CT content just screams "tough" to me. The coq au vin can be done on the Weber and isn't really all that much work once you get the prep done. Caseydog rocked one earlier this year, good luck!

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