Call Me A CheapSteak! (marinades to make flank taste like filet!)

A photo of London broil.

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It’s too hot to cook. The thought of turning on the oven to roast something, or even heating up a pot of water to boil something, makes me sweat even more. So the best option for me is to send my husband outdoors in the 98 degree heat to start a little fire.

All I have to do is open the refrigerator and pull out a few chilled bottles, and maybe open the freezer aaaaah!  and choose an icy, frozen chunk of meat. I hold it to my forehead for a minute before putting it in the fridge to thaw. I do this before unwrapping it from the Saran. Usually.

This routine works for me, and my husband can get his own blog if he has something to say about it.

Another thing I am (besides hot – temperature hot to clarify) is cheap. I spend money as wisely as possible these days, and if I can get away without spending a gazillion dollars on a super-prime, priced-up piece of something-to-grill, I do.

There’s good news and bad news when it comes to grilling inexpensive cuts of meat. On the good side, the meat is lean so there’s not much fat, meaning you can enjoy your steak guilt-free. On the bad side, the meat is lean, so there’s not much fat, meaning it can be very tough.

But, a lean cut of meat can truly be a win-win if you take time to marinate it. London Broil is a great cut of meat to grill, and it goes on sale regularly at Bi-Lo. I buy one-get-one whenever I have the chance, and freeze one of them. I use it as a compress when it’s above 94 degrees.

I have found the longer I let the meat marinate, the better. So forget the 2 hours or overnight rule, and just count on three days. Just leave it in the fridge and turn it over every day.  Seriously.

 

Our Top Favorite

½ cup lemon juice

½ cup soy sauce

1 tablespoon olive oil

3 tablespoons ketchup

4 cloves fresh garlic, minced

Dash pepper

3-4 pound London broil

Mix all ingredients and add to zip-lock bag. Add meat and marinate for two to three days. Grill to your personal perfection, let sit five minutes, then slice thinly on the diagonal.

Almost our Top Favorite

¼ cup teriyaki sauce

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon lime juice

¼ cup Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoonsDijonmustard

Mix all ingredients and add to zip-lock bag. Add meat and marinate for two to three days. Grill to your personal perfection, let sit five minutes, then slice thinly on the diagonal.

Pretty Darn Good

1 can coca cola (12 oz.)

1 10-ounce bottle teriyaki sauce

1 tablespoon minced garlic

2-3 pound London broil

Mix all ingredients and add to zip-lock bag. Add meat and marinate for two to three days. Grill to your personal perfection, let sit five minutes, then slice thinly on the diagonal.

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