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The secret to melt in your mouth steaks… (Make cheap-o cuts taste like prime.)

Love a good steak?  Me too!
Hubs just came home with a hankering for steak after reading this article on how to get fabulously tender steak, no matter what the cut, choice, prime, whatever.  We thought we’d give it a try.
It. Was. Awesome.

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The key?  Salt.  Lots of salt.

Take any ole’ cut (we used ribeye and porterhouse) and liberally sprinkle them with kosher salt.

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You’re supposed to let the salt sit an hour for every inch of thickness.  Can you see how the salt draws water out of the steak…?  It then sends it back into the steak and the salt tenderizes the protein…  there’s some science-y process going on.  Please refer to the original article for the scientific facts on how this works.  All I can tell you is that it’s magically delicious.
It’s the same concept as brining a chicken or a turkey.  (Click here for my fool proof brined chicken recipe.)

OH!  Make sure you rinse off all of the salt and pat the steaks very, very, very dry with paper towels before cooking your steak.  HH forgot to do this step the first time.  The steak melted in our mouths, yes, but it was so salty it was almost inedible…

We use a cast iron pan to ensure that our cooking surface is very, very hot.  You need a nice sear on steak, and we can’t seem to really get a good one on our grill.

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Cook it up, serve with some Baked Smashed Potatoes, a nice salad, and a nice Cabernet and you have a great meal!
Enjoy!

13 Comments

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Unknown said...

January 8, 2013 at 6:59 pm
I can't get to the "melt-in-your-mouth steaks" post. Has it been removed? It popped up on my FB page and I still can't get to it!
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Xazmin said...

January 8, 2013 at 7:03 pm
Well, now I want steak.

It looks divine, and I am definitely going to have to try this out!

I hope your new year is going fabulously well!
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Kim said...

January 8, 2013 at 8:14 pm
Thanks so much for this post. I'm definitely going to give this a try.
We started leaning toward a more Paelo type way of eating this year so grilled steak has been a big part of our diet. Since winter has set in and standing in 2 ft of snow trying to grill is not something I enjoy doing, I've been desperate for a way to cook steak inside and have it actually taste good.
Thanks again :)
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Kelli said...

January 8, 2013 at 8:19 pm
Now I want a steak! I am going to have to try this :)
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Mary Beth said...

January 8, 2013 at 9:02 pm
This looks fabulous... I think I will make a special trip to the grocery store just to make this....oy!
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PJ @ Planned in Pencil said...

January 8, 2013 at 9:17 pm
I've been cooking my steaks like this for about 6 months since I read the same article, found it on pinterest.... it's so good! Even my husband agrees that it's the best steak he's ever had.
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MiMi said...

January 9, 2013 at 1:22 am
I'm not a real meat eater...as in steak and potatoes type things but it sounds good!
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SueAnn Lommler said...

January 9, 2013 at 10:40 am
Looks and sounds delish...I will have to give this a try. Thanks
Hugs
SueAnn
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Katie said...

January 9, 2013 at 4:25 pm
I had no idea about this steak secret and yet I cook all the time. I will definitely have to give this a try the next time we are cooking steak!
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Katie said...

January 9, 2013 at 4:25 pm
I had no idea about this steak secret and yet I cook all the time. I will definitely have to give this a try the next time we are cooking steak!
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Sheila DelCharco said...

January 9, 2013 at 7:18 pm
I never make steak because I don't know how to make it well. I may just have to try now! Thanks for sharing!
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Sandra said...

January 9, 2013 at 7:28 pm
HAHAHA Cheap O steak!(any ole' cut (we used ribeye and porterhouse)!
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Laura / The Shed, Pet Scribbles, Socks for Sandy said...

January 12, 2013 at 2:25 pm
I love steak, and your tip for making any cut of beef taste fantastic is so handy! Definitely sharing w/ my husband...as he's the cook in our home! :)

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