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  • How to Tenderize Cheap Steaks

    Grilled my steaks for guests on electric plate grill yesterday but they came out very tough. Embarrassing. I'm still an amateur steak cook. The cuts I used yesterday were less expensive.

    Any good marinade recipes or other means of tenderizing steaks that works for you?


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  • #2
    Ziploc, bottle of zesty Italian dressing, overnight.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by OpanaPointer View Post
      Ziploc, bottle of zesty Italian dressing, overnight.
      If that works then it's awesome because I won't need seven ingredients just to make the marinade...I will give it a try. Do you pound them with a mallet beforehand?

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      • #4
        Put the meat in the freezer for a 1/2 hr and then forcefully apply the mallet.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by OpanaPointer View Post
          Ziploc, bottle of zesty Italian dressing, overnight.
          yep that works good

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          • #6
            'Beat the Meat'
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            • #7
              Can I add a teaspoon of meat tenderizer powder to the zesty Italian marinade to make it more effective?


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              • #8
                Stop using an electric grill plate, first of all. That's a crime against Mankind.

                Marinate six hours in 1 part soy sauce, 2 parts hickory smoke with spices to taste, then use a flame grill like real men do.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Arnold J Rimmer View Post
                  Stop using an electric grill plate, first of all. That's a crime against Mankind.

                  Marinate six hours in 1 part soy sauce, 2 parts hickory smoke with spices to taste, then use a flame grill like real men do.
                  It's too cold outside.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by MonsterZero View Post
                    Can I add a teaspoon of meat tenderizer powder to the zesty Italian marinade to make it more effective?

                    sure you can add spices if you wish to

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                    • #11
                      There is the old fashioned way...

                      Wrap them in tin foil, then a towel and use one of these on them for a bit...




                      Of course, you could buy the cook's version...

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by slick24 View Post
                        sure you can add spices if you wish to
                        Food tenderizer is not a spice since it's a completely tasteless powder. It contains enzymes that break down collagen in meat, softening the cut.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by MonsterZero View Post
                          It's too cold outside.
                          The quest for a real steak swiftly separates the men from the boys....
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                          • #14
                            Definitely pound your meat first.

                            Then wash your hands and use that tenderizing hammer before you bag the meat in the marinade. You can use oil, vinegar and whatever spices you wish, like your favorite rub.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by MonsterZero View Post
                              Food tenderizer is not a spice since it's a completely tasteless powder. It contains enzymes that break down collagen in meat, softening the cut.
                              yeah I know but I was trying to say you can also add spices if ya want along with the tenderizer

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