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New Bridge Steak Tips

I know this topic has been covered before, but I was looking for some new insight into the infamous New Bridge Steak Tip recipe. I have a new source that claims cranberry juice is the secret ingredient, along with Italian dressing, BBq and ketchup. I think proportions are key to this recipe and thus so hard to duplicate.

The saga continues for now....

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  1. Is Moxie or Coca Cola is in the mix too.

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    1. re: Infomaniac

      yup- I heard coca cola, not cranberry. Will probably never know for sure!

    2. The rumor I've heard is that the New Bridge's steak tip marinade includes catsup, Coca-Cola, and bottled Italian dressing, but I have no idea if that's true.

      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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      1. re: MC Slim JB

        I never seen more mystery surround a particular recipe before. simply amazing.

        1. re: MC Slim JB

          I've never even had the tips at Newbridge, but I came across this website when searching for good marinades:

          http://www.hiddenboston.com/questions...

          It claims equal parts Italian dressing, Coke, and Ketchup. I've made tips this way several times and they always go over well. I also can't leave a recipe alone and usually tweak it by throwing in some garlic and Worcestershire sauce. Those flavors belong on tips in my opinion.

          1. re: Ali G

            Specifically from HB's blog:

            "Nbr1Chef wrote":
            I am telling you when I say this that the Newbridge recipe is this.
            Equal parts:
            ketchup
            coke
            Italian dressing
            "I worked there for years".

            1. re: Taralli

              Interesting....it only takes one disgruntled cook to spill the beans! Thanks

          2. re: MC Slim JB

            I've never even had the tips at Newbridge, but I came across this website when searching for good marinades:

            http://www.hiddenboston.com/questions...

            It claims equal parts Italian dressing, Coke, and Ketchup. I've made tips this way several times and they always go over well. I also can't leave a recipe alone and usually tweak it by throwing in some garlic and Worcestershire sauce. Those flavors belong on tips in my opinion.

            1. re: Ali G

              In sifting through the various theories behind this marinade on HiddenBoston.com is appears that the below recipe may correspond with the Lel's theory in this post of a mystery "green base" mixed with ketchup:

              I got a receipe for New Bridge years ago and didn't have soda or Italian dressing in it.
              I got this:
              Ketchup
              Lemon Juice
              Water
              Garlic
              Parsley
              Black Pepper.
              It tastes right.

            2. re: MC Slim JB

              thats the same recipe I was told- equal parts of each.

            3. Actually they use Chilli Sauce not ketchup... I use this marinade all the time... coke, chilli sauce and italian dressing....

              I would really love to get their salad dressing recipe, that is even more awesome than those delicious tips!

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              1. re: MeffaBabe

                I'm with you MB. What's in their salad dressing??

              2. I been using it for years, very simple recipe. BTW - here's a hint, no cranberry.

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                1. re: treb

                  You've been using what recipe for years?

                  1. re: NahantNative

                    The marinade the OP is referring to!

                2. Does anyone know the recipe for the Quiet Man steak tips?

                  I heard it's italian dressing, brown sugar, garlic and soy sauce

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                  1. re: typhoonfish

                    I really miss the Quiet Man - very curious to see if the marinade can be reconstructed.

                  2. The owners deny any use of soda.

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                    1. re: phatchris

                      Why marinate in soda which just goes flat, when they have the coke syrup.

                      Anyone have the recipe for Sadie's steak tips?

                      Or can anyone describe the differences between the Newbridge ,Quiet Man, and Sadie's steak tips? Thanks.

                    2. Let me clear up the New Bridge steak tip marinade question. I worked there a number of years ago and it was a closely guarded secret. Whenever the marinade was made they would prevent the workers from entering the area where it took place. They would have large jars that contained an green herb colored base to which ketchup was added. It was about 80% ketchup to 20% base. At the time the three owners and one of their son's were the only people who knew what was in the base. This is fact. I saw it many times with my own eyes. No Coca Cola, chili sauce or bottled Italian dressing were ever used. In fact, the salad dressing was also a highly kept secret.

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                      1. re: lel

                        Why did I have the feeling that the Coca Cola recipe was an urban legend?

                        1. re: mtm7654

                          Coke was clearly added to the theories to throw off the hounds! I think we're onto them now.

                        2. re: lel

                          Closely guarded secret where they prevent the workers from entering the area while it's being made, yet you've seen it many times. Are you sure about what you saw and where you saw it?

                          1. re: Infomaniac

                            I saw the finished base mixed with Ketchup, not the actual making of the base. Yes I'm sure. We used to goof on them for being so secretive.

                            1. re: lel

                              Thanks and I just noticed you made the same comment several years ago.

                              I've been using for a while the mix of ketchup, italian dressing and Coke (sometimes Moxie) and it's very good. May have to add a little green herb next time and tune into some Hendricks.

                        3. NEW BRIDGE CAFE STEAK TIPS

                          This recipe was given to me by someone who had a relative that worked there. A lot of people think there is ketchup in the marinade, but it is actually chili sauce. The marinade ingredients must be in equal parts, and you must use regular Coca-Cola, not diet. The sugar in the soda helps tenderize the meat, and also adds flavor.

                          Ingredients:

                          12 ounce bottle Wishbone Italian dressing
                          12 ounce bottle Coca-Cola
                          12 ounce bottle Heinz chili sauce
                          1 1/2 Cups cranberry juice
                          5 pounds beef tips

                          Directions:

                          Mix all marinade ingredients and place in a large zip lock bag with steak tips. Place in refrigerator and marinate for 8 hours or overnight.

                          Take meat out off the refrigerator at least an hour before cooking, to reach room temperature.

                          Grill, broil or bake to desired doneness.

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                          1. re: Deege53

                            This makes about the 50th "actual, real, got from a friend-of-a-friend who worked there" recipe for New Bridge steak tips I've seen, though this one is a lot more specific. I'd always assumed the marinade was like the recipe for Coca-Cola, or Donn the Beachcomber's Tiki syrups: made in a back room by the Keeper of the Secret to prevent recipe theft. I'd love to hear a comparison of the results of this one at home vs. the real deal.

                            If I'm not mistaken, the cut of beef that New Bridge uses is flap meat, a/k/a flap steak, bavette, or bottom sirloin flap. The term "tips" is applied to many different cuts, depending on the butcher and retailer, but rarely to actual flap outside of restaurant suppliers.

                            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                            1. re: MC Slim JB

                              I've gotten flap meat at Butcher Boy on numerous occasions if anyone is looking for that cut specifically.They also do tenderloin tips there which are incredibly tender, although with the lack of fat less flavorful.

                              1. re: phatchris

                                they often have flap at costco in waltham, in industrial portions, of course

                                1. re: hyde

                                  Most of the meat I've seen locally labelled as "steak tips" have been flap meat.

                                  I've been at Shaw's in Back Bay and had the butcher get me a 4-5lb untrimmed piece. Cut it into some "tips" and also a larger roast. Great flavor!