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View Poll Results: What's your favorite way to cook a steak?
BBQ baby! 13 36.11%
pan fried 6 16.67%
broiled under the broiler 3 8.33%
other, discuss... 14 38.89%
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Old 09-09-2005, 06:00 PM   #1
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Favorite way to cook a steak?

I think that here in America when most people think about steaks they think about flame grilled steaks on a BBQ. Recently, I tried a new method that is a more traditional French approach. That is to preseason the steaks and then pan fry them over a fairly high heat in a cast iron skillet and, when they are done, use the pan drippings to make a sauce. The first time I tried this, people gave me a very hard time as if I was performing some sort of sacrilege by cooking a steak on a stovetop as opposed to the BBQ. But once they tasted it, they almost all voted that the steak was better than BBQd. I think the key is that you can get a cast iron skillet SUPER hot and keep it that way to get great carmalization on the outside of the meat while the inside is a beautiful pinkish medium rare. IMHO, the tenderness of even the best cuts begin to suffer exponentially with every degree of doneness above medium rare. BBQs are often uneven in heat and not hot enough to cook a good steak. Plus, the pan sauce goes great on garlic mashed potatoes. My favorite accompanyment to a juicy steak!

Enough of my soapbox. What's your favorite way to cook up a steak?

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Old 09-09-2005, 06:05 PM   #2
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BBQ'd for me by someone else. I've been known to pan fry them though.

In your opinion what cut of steak is best for both of the above? I know nothing about steak at all.
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Old 09-09-2005, 06:15 PM   #3
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mmm. I love a good steak au poivre.

Here's a link for a great article about sear-roasting for crisp and juicy results.
http://www.taunton.com/finecooking/pages/c00010.asp

There's also a few recipes in the article. Check it out.
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Old 09-09-2005, 06:23 PM   #4
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Grilling a steak doesn't have to mean uneven heating. Try smoking it or cooking with indirect heat. Dont' put it right on the fire the entire time that you are cooking.
I'm sure AllenMI or Michael will be along anytime to put in his thoughts, use the grill quite a bit it seems. I love grilled steaks, there no better way to cook T-bone or Sirloin.
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Old 09-09-2005, 07:25 PM   #5
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grilled or panned, never boiled, but I have had a poached tenderloin once and was amazed!!
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Old 09-09-2005, 08:32 PM   #6
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BBQ'd for me by someone else. I've been known to pan fry them though.

In your opinion what cut of steak is best for both of the above? I know nothing about steak at all.
IMHO the best steaks are NY strip or rib steaks. So tender you can cut them with your fork.
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Old 09-09-2005, 08:52 PM   #7
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I like to grill sirloin strips and rib eyes. (Iassume that's what you meant by BBQ Baby)

I like to pan roast filet mignon.
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Old 09-09-2005, 09:16 PM   #8
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Oooooooooooo...Filet!!! Can I come over next time you do that Andy?
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Old 09-09-2005, 09:22 PM   #9
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Sure!

As a great man once said, "My door is always open!". No, wait, that was GB who said that.
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Old 09-09-2005, 09:45 PM   #10
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You were right. A great man DID say it...TWO of them! Thanks Andy, expect me in oh....a month or so.
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