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Jul 8, 2009 01:54 PM

Hanger Steak

I have 2lbs of Hanger Steak that I'm planning on grilling tomorrow night. I'm looking for either a marinade or rub recipe for overnight marinating. I usually just rub with sea salt, garlic , black pepper and olive oil , but I want to try something different this time.

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  1. I do all "good" steaks exactly as you just described. Whenever I try to get fancy and deviate, I am always dissapointed. I say don't mess with perfection when you are working with a great ingredient. Save the marinade for a sirloin.

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    1. re: troyg

      Troyg is right. If it is a good steak, forget the marinade. Save it for a chuck steak or something.

      1. re: steakman55

        Concur. Save the marinade for chicken.

        1. re: steakman55

          what's wrong with adding some flavor to something, and who would eat chuck steak to begin with? if you're talking about flat iron, i would eat it, but i would treat it the same as anything else.

          marinades have their place with any piece of meat. it's not as though beef these days is anything special. obviously i wouldn't marinade dry-aged prime or grass-fed beef. there's nothing wrong with adding to or enhancing the flavor of food. that's what cooking is all about. you add flavor. build flavors and textures.

          hanger is cheaper than skirt around these parts, so go right ahead and do whatever makes you happy. this likely isn't a once-in-a-lifetime steak you're about to cook. if you want another, go buy it, and just grill it (skip the salt and pepper though, and see what it tastes like). kchurchill5's suggestion below sounds very nice. tasteful, and full of flavor. the steak will still be the star, don't you worry.

          1. re: tommy

            Thx tommy, I like flavor, and not afraid of it. Love to experiment. I think a heavier tougher piece of meat can take the spice and still come across mild. I am all about trying different combinations and flavors.

            Hanger is a bit tougher so a bit more spice is ok and depdening on what you serve with it will compliment it well with other flavors.

            Have some fun and be bold.

            1. re: tommy

              ...who would eat chuck steak to begin with?

              I would. I happen to like it once in a while - chuck has a lot of flavor. Sure, it can be slightly chewy, and I more often get a NY strip or ribeye, but a good chuck steak can be delicious. Give it a shot - you might be surprised.

              1. re: Bat Guano

                what type of chuck steak? there are many parts of the chuck. how is it usually labeled? flat iron is a chuck steak, and it's one of my favorites, as i said. i also use it to make hamburgers.

                1. re: tommy


                  I am reasonably sure in our area the chuck steak is the same as the chuck roast...only it's usually cut into one inch thick steaks. It may or may not have the pieces of shoulder bone still attached(bone-in, 7bone).

                  1. re: fourunder

                    Actually I usually buy a chuck roast and cut it down to half-thickness myself. Occasionally I'll see a chuck eye roast or steak; those are the best part of the chuck, often as tender as a NY strip but with richer flavor.

                    1. re: Bat Guano


                      When the Chuck Eye Roast goes on sale for less than two bucks, I ask the supermarket butcher to prep me three inch roasts, I slow roast at a temperature of 225* after searing, for about 2-2.5 hours for a perfect medium rare. Very flavorful and tender. Give it a try.

                      btw....thanks for the Austin recs back in February.

                      1. re: fourunder

                        I will give it a try, thanks. As it happens I've got a chuck eye in the refrigerator right now, that I was going to cut into steaks; but on consideration, I may try this method. Adapted to the grill, though; it's supposed to be 106 in Austin today, and I am NOT going to turn the oven on. I can get the grill to run at a reliable 250, usually, though when it's this hot out it may turn out to be a bit hotter, at the lowest possible setting.

                        Glad you enjoyed the recs in February. Aahh, February... the weather was so much nicer then....

                      2. re: Bat Guano

                        sound good. i agree that chuck steaks can have great flavor (just bought a flatiron since my last post and will prep it for hambugers tonight, although it would be great on its own.

                        i should also qualify my statement of "who would eat a chuck steak." since i clearly eat chuck steaks, that wasn't a very thoughtful statement. i suppose what i meant is "who would eat a chuck steak that you'd have to marinate to make pleasurable." this was in response to the "save marinades for chuck steaks" comment. the idea there seemed to be that you should use marinades on meat you normally wouldn't eat. the question i attempted to pose is 'why anyone would eat anything that isn't good on its own. '

                      3. re: fourunder

                        fourunder, flat irons are often listed as chuck steaks as well. just wondering which part of the chuck Bat Guano is feasting on.

                        1. re: tommy

                          Growing up, I was fortunate to have a father who was in the restaurant business. The only cuts of steak/beef I ever ate well into my 20's were Filet Mignon, New York Strip, Rib Eyes and Flank Steak.....never had pot roast or london broil.

                          It has only been in the past few years, and with my fascination with slow roasting, that I've come to enjoy the less than premium cuts available, e.g. flat iron, hanger and skirt steaks.

                          I'm sure BG is feasting on what is known as chuck fillet, chuck eye or chuck tender....or like yourself, the flat iron....also known as the top blade steak to many.....the difference being the connective tissue running down the middle.

                2. re: steakman55

                  I guess it depends on what makes a steak a "good steak". I'd never marinate a ribeye or NY strip, but a hanger steak is hardly a great cut of meat (don't get me wrong--considering price and flavor, it's one of my favorites). I often add nothing more than salt and pepper, but sometimes use a strong marinade such as soy sauce, toasted sesame seed oil, lime or lemon juice, and garlic. If I'm really lazy I might use bottled Filipino style adobo sauce.

                  1. re: Zeldog

                    you hit on something that always sticks out to me. so many people, on so many forums, say things like "oh a good piece of steak doesn't need anything". that is pointless and meaningless, unless you actually describe what you would define as a "good piece of steak". there are many people who buy a steak, any steak, and call it "a good steak". others see some sort of special "Choice" graded piece of steak at Costco, and think that's a "good piece of steak." and of course any number of others have different barometers.

                    giving advice on a "good steak" is probably about as helpful as suggesting to "grill it to perfection."

              2. I would add a little onion powder, cumin, paprika and chili powder. Hanger steak to me is best with a little spice. Not too much, just a bit. But s/p and garlic is ok, but enough flavor for me.

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                1. re: kchurchill5

                  And even with just those four ingredients you mention, there's flexibility in the particular paprika and chili powder you buy/use. Why get in a rut or stew over some imaginary "the best"?

                2. I had this at a tapas restaurant once and tried to duplicate it at home. I marinade the steak (tough ones only) with soy, garlic, cinnamon, corriander and mirin. Sear or grill on high heat until preferred tempurature. For the dipping sauce, I use ponzu sauce splashed with a touch of maple syrup. It's really awesome and my family just loves it. The restaurant's version is sweeter and added more cinnamon to the sauce but I like it without since I usually marinade the meat long enough to absorb the flavours.

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                  1. re: gourmet wife

                    That sounds really good, unique and flavorful but a neat combo of flavors.

                  2. Hanger steak is the most flavorful steak of all, in my experience. I simply grill it, let it rest for a few minutes, and slice it. Nothing else is needed.

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                    1. re: Michael Rodriguez

                      Agree! I served hanger steak to 45 guests last summer and peeps were clamoring to know what I put on it. Answer: salt, grill over mesquite.

                      I served some sauces with it, an anchoiade and muhamarra, but it was fine on its own too.

                    2. Thanks for all the suggestions.