Thin 7-bone chuck steaks - are these appropriate for smoking
- c oliver Nov 23, 2013 02:14 PM
Being converts to this new religion we're always on the lookout for new things. Safeway had these (barely over a half inch thick) today and we picked up a pack of looks like three. We're doing a meatloaf tomorrow so were thinking about adding these. Are they just too thin? I don't have a clue where to start here. We've grilled thick ones to rare and loved them but this is totally new (both the thickness and the smoking) to us. Any thoughts/suggestions? TIA.
I might do a sort of "reverse sear" and smoke them for an abbreviated time, and then throw them in a hot skillet or on a hot grill to quickly sear them.
when I've made jerky I usually have used sirloin 'sandwich cut' which is a lot thinner. the question though becomes how chewy do you want it as smoking will dry it out if you're not careful. I'm with Jay more or less, on this. get some smoke flavor in it, but actually cook it elsewhere or just in the meatloaf.
I'm a fan of the reverse sear, which Jay mentioned. Smoke at a low temp, not really cooking them. Set aside, bring grill up to blazing hot, and sear to desired doneness. Makes a decent steak for a cheap cut.
I also like to smoke such steaks at a low temp until they take on a decent smoky flavor, then cube and brown in a dutch oven, preferably in some bacon grease. After that, add your remaining preferred ingredients for a delicious and smoky chili! I prefer to keep this one close to a "Texas" style - no tomatoes (maybe a little paste) and no beans. Oh, I like tomato-y and bean-y chili too, just not with this.
I've created a monster! Safeway had them 30% off again and we bought 10#!!!!!!! Just finished cold smoking them for 40 minutes, wrapped in portion sizes and froze. Are also now smoking a few pork shoulder blade chops. And have about a dozen tomatoes in the smoker. When the chops come out we'll bump up the heat for the tomatoes. We're quite happy and continue to be grateful for all the good advice here. Thanks,kids.