Steak Out
September 4, 2010, 9:37 am
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Growing up, Saturday nights in the summer meant one thing: Dad searing a chuck steak on the grill.   And not just any marinade would do.  It had to be the one below.  The smell of this marinade causes serious olfactory deja-vu for me.   And the best part is, if you reheat the marinade it makes a great steak sauce.

The cut of steak is also important for my deja-vu’ing.   It must be what is known as a “7 bone steak” to trigger the memories. Mom bought it back then because it was cheap.  We buy it now because we like it.  The 7 bone steak is not named this because it has 7 bones but, because one of the bones in it resmbles a “7”.  Mmm-kay.  If you say so.  But the great thing about this steak is that it gives you a bit of many different cuts and great flavor to boot.  It may be a bit chewier than other cuts but the flavor is worth it. 

The marinade/sauce will work on other cuts of steak.  If you must.

Saturday Night Chuck Steak Marinade 

2/3 cup catsup

½ cup water

1/3 cup lemon juice

1 tsp. celery seed

1 TBS. Worcestershire sauce

1 bay leaf

½ tsp. black pepper

½ tsp. Tabasco sauce

1 tsp. kosher salt

1 tsp. onion powder 

Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes.  Allow to cool.  Marinate a bone-in center cut chuck steak for at least 2 and up to 8 hours.  Remove steak and reserve marinade.  Grill!

Simmer reserved sauce for 5 minutes and either serve warm with steak or allow to cool.