Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to summer and barbecue season! Jean O’Toole from the New York Beef Council has a few cuts of beef perfect for grilling.
A sirloin steak is perfect for grilling. “It’s very easy to grill, very versatile cut of meat, you can do a lot with it. You can grill it, broil it, pan fry it and if you have extra you can put it in a salad and the next day, chop it up and make some fajitas! Good stuff,” said O’Toole. You don’t have to marinate a sirloin steak. Some salt and pepper will do the trick but you can add whatever seasonings you like on your steak.
A New York strip steak is another cut that’s great on the grill. It won’t need marinating, salt and pepper or your favorite seasoning.
Tenderloin, also known as a filet mignon, is very popular and easy to grill and also a cut that doesn’t need to be marinated.
Top round or London broil is a cut that will need to be marinated. It comes from the back end of the cow so there’s a lot of muscle which will make it tougher. Marinate the beef for 12 to 24 hours in an acidic marinade. O’Toole says not to marinate more than 24 hours and you don’t need to bring it to room temperature before grilling. Just pat it dry with paper towels and when it’s ready to serve cut it across the grain.
All four of these cuts are lean by USDA standards. They have less than 10 grams of fat, less than 95 grams of cholesterol and less than 4 and a half grams of saturated fat per serving. Beef also has 10 essential vitamins with the most being zinc, iron and protein. A serving of beef is about the size of the palm of your hand or a deck of cards. The USDA recommends only 2 servings per day.
There are also 3 T’s of grilling to remember: tongs, temp and time. Use tongs to keep the juices in the meat when turning it over. Use a thermometer to check the temperature of your meat. Go into the thickest part of the meat and into the middle to get an accurate reading. 145 degrees is medium rare, 160 degrees would be medium. The last T is time. For a sirloin steak that’s about an inch thick would take 11 to 14 minutes to cook.
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