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Primo
05-24-2014, 10:32 AM
Drunk Chuck Recipe
Makes. 3 cups, enough for about 8 servings
Preparation time. 45 minutes to make the marinade, 1 hour for it to cool, 2 to 12 hours to marinate, and 20 minutes or less to cook.

Ingredients
1 (750 ml) bottle cheap dry red wine
1/2 cup inexpensive balsamic vinegar di Modena
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
4 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon table salt
1 teaspoon ginger powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
6 chuck steaks, cut at least 1/2" thick

Method
1) Combine all the ingredients except the steaks in a 2 quart or larger pot and whisk them together. Boil hard for about 10 minutes to reduce by about 1/3. This will get rid of most of the alcohol, extract flavor from the herbs and spices, and concentrate the wine a bit. Alcohol, contrary to popular belief, is not great in marinades because it can dry out the meat. Cool to room temp, about an hour.

2) Trim excess fat from the exterior of the steaks. With a sharp knife, score the surface of the steak about 1/8" deep by dragging the knife across it. Make these slits about 3/4" apart on both sides. This technique, called gashing, will help the marinade penetrate and will hold the flavor when it is cooking. Don't worry, juices won't escape. Put the steaks in zipper bags, add the marinade, and zip. Put the bags in a bowl or pan to catch any leaks, and marinate in the fridge at least 2 hours and up to 12 hours, turning them occasionally to help the liquid contact all surfaces.

3) Preheat the grill for 2-zone cooking but don't get the hot zone rip snorting hot, about 325F, but precision isn't necessary for this because the wet surface of the meat acts like a thermal regulator cooling the surface. Take the steaks out of the marinade, drain off most of the liquid but do not pat dry. Normally pat meat dry to make sure it crisps. But when using a flavorful marinade, don't pat it dry because much of the flavor is captured in the microscopic cracks on the surface and the slits we made. Grill over the hot section of the grill until rare to medium rare. They'll take longer than normal because the surfaces are wet, perhaps 20 minutes for a 1" steak. As always, a good digital thermometer is essential for getting things perfectly done. To make the meat a bit more tender, serve them sliced. Be sure to cut across the grain into 1/4" slices.

BYBBQ
05-24-2014, 10:39 AM
+1 as to the alcohol drying out meat

Sounds good. I will give this a try. :thumbs up::thumbs up:

kingkoch42
05-24-2014, 11:09 AM
:twocents: - In French we say that "the better the wine, the better the result".
The sounds real good like it is but with the "cheap" red wine replaced with something a little better, and it does not have to cost hundreds of dollars, I bet that it would be out of this world.
OK, maybe that makes my 4 cents and not 2.:msn-wink:

Primo
05-24-2014, 11:47 AM
Wine when boiled, takes all the alcohol out of it .No dry meat here ever .Tender chuck ,cut with fork .

I used this out of my collection 2005 Preston Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon $50.00 bottle inexpensive .

Just have to follow the recipe exact .It's an awesome way to grill chuck steak.Folks will think t bone is the past .

tomshoots
05-24-2014, 10:22 PM
Mant that sounds like a "gotta try" thing!!:thumbs up::thumbs up:

Primo
05-25-2014, 09:50 AM
Mant that sounds like a "gotta try" thing!!:thumbs up::thumbs up:

You sho nuf will enjoy the flavor and tender chuck that comes from it .

PigCicles
05-25-2014, 10:29 AM
That sounds like some very flavorful meat Steve. I'll print this out and give it a go soon. I don't recall ever using ginger on beef. Pork many times though. Thanks for sharing this with us!

No chickens were harmed in this statement. But it doesn't mean I didn't want to.