- doc Mar 18, 2007 03:49 PM
This stuff from Schwab's seems revered in the bay area. I've just had it for the 3d time in the last month, and ... I'm sorry ... I think it is downright awful. It's waaaay overmarinated and appears to be a cheap cut of tri-tip to start. The marinade takes all the natural juices out of the steak, so you're left with a rubbery substance which I find pretty much inedible. I'm starting to cringe everytime I go somewhere to dinner, half-expecting the host to proudly announce that "we're having Fred's Steak". I sure there are defenders ... comments?
Ahh yes, Fred's steaks... Cheap cuts of meat, and a marinade that is just "ok" in my book. A great marinade for flank steaks has but a few ingrediants :
low sodium soy sauce, honey, brown sugar, olive oil, red pepper flakes, ginger, red wine vinegar, and minced fresh garlic. Now THAT'S a marinade!!
I like Fred's. A copy cat is available at Lunardis.
In defense of a "Fred's", they are very forgiving to being overcooked. They have a different taste than other marinades/rubs.
To some, (including myself) they are salty.
I am a defender - it's a little salty, so I agree with Alan408 - and doc, I'm wondering if you're slightly overcooking it.
But overall, it's a piece of meat that consistently delivers and makes it super easy to entertain. The downside is that it's been getting so popular that Schaub's has consistently raised the price by $1/lb each year for the past few years. So it's no longer the bargain that it used to be at $6.99/lb.
At its current price (something like $14.99/lb for a TRI-TIP, fergawdsakes), it can be very disappointing. I don't know if it is just the outrageous price influencing my tastebuds, but it does seem to have grown more salty over the years. You can get a much better cut of meat for less money and season it to your own taste. It just won't have that "marinated in motor oil" look that everyone seems to like.