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Old 03-02-2007, 07:13 AM   #11
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Everyone; If you do a search for marinades, there was a thread some time back that explained the process and how it works. One member actually did scientific tests and measurements to verify exactly what happens to meat placed in an acidic marinade. Let me explain this again.

When protien comes into contact with acid, it reacts by curling, much like a strand of straight hair curls when pinched and pulled. This curling of the individual protien strands causes the meat surface to tighten and produce a barrier to any substance that would otherwise soak into the meat. In other words, only the outermost layer of the meat will absorb any of the acidic marinade. The flavor will remain on the surface. Two hours appears to be the ideal. Any more time than that has minimal effect on the meat.

Brines soak thoroughly into the meat, that is, they permeat the meat as osmotic pressure causes the less salty meat to absorb the saltier brine until the amount of salt (and other flavoings) reaches the same concentration inside and outside the meat.

Meat tenderizers such as papain and bromelaid will soak into the meat and break down the protiens. These agents, if left on too long will turn meat to mush. In the case of very tender meat, don't use them at all or you will end up with meat flavored paste. I know this from experience.

So there you have it, meat treatment 101. And you need not take my word for it. There are various articles on the internet that describe these processes in greater detail.

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Old 03-02-2007, 09:15 AM   #12
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Lets keep in mind that the OP's question was if he ruined his steaks or not. It had nothing to do with tenderizing the meat.

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Old 03-02-2007, 11:55 AM   #13
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Its true.. I am the OP and my initial question was if I had ruined them however I should have qualified what I meant by that. I suppose my initial thought was that by letting them marinate for too long would they pass the point of tenderness and move on to "Mushy"

Goodweed, thanks a lot for that answer, I was relieved when most people told me not to worry but having some scientific evidence is always welcome :) I will look for that post in a bit, you dont happen to remember the name of the poster do you?

Thanks everyone! T-4 hours until steak time!!!!!!!
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Old 03-03-2007, 04:54 PM   #14
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Used my grill for the first time!

So after posting in the meat section worrying I had ruined my steaks and getting some great advice, I said i would pot my first steaks!

My grill is the 200 dollar one by charmglow that I bought at Home Depot. It was kind of a pain to put together but now that its together I love it! It 45000BTU's and has three burners so I like it.

To celebrate my new grill I invited two of my boys over to partake in some lovely Ribeye steaks, asparagus on the grill and baked potatoes! Here are the finished goods!


All Cooked!

So perfect! So glad they came out well!
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Old 03-03-2007, 04:56 PM   #15
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Here is my post about my new grill! Thanks everyone!

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Old 03-03-2007, 05:06 PM   #16
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well done! The steaks look beautiful. Asparagus is one of my favorite veggies to serve with steak. I didn't catch what you used to marinade?
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Old 03-03-2007, 05:40 PM   #17
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i love grilled food esp grilled shrimp enjoy your grill. thou i hate gas grills it just does noe come out the same as if it where charcoal.
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Old 03-03-2007, 05:50 PM   #18
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Looks awesome Matt, Congrats! I love my Gas grill too ! Keep BBQing!!
Thanks for the pic's. now Iam drooling, gotta git my bib - lol !
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Old 03-03-2007, 06:01 PM   #19
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They look wonderful !! made my carrots for lunch taste like Rabbit food..:(
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Old 03-03-2007, 06:43 PM   #20
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Congratulations, Matt, see how easy it was? Keep on grillin'! Good job.

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