London Broil

Every summer needs some London Broil.

I made some last night to give the new carving board a test drive. Yum. It worked quite well, and an evening with friends is even better with some tasty meats. “London Broil” isn’t a specific cut, and is generally top round or shoulder round. It’s relatively inexpensive and usually can be a bit tough if you just throw it on the grill, but, with the right marinade, it’s delicious.

Go with a top round if available. The shoulder round cut that’s sometimes labeled as “London Broil” can be a bit too tough. It tastes even better if you get it on sale!

Here’s what I use for the marinade:

4 large garlic cloves, minced 
4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 
4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard 
1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 
1 tablespoon soy sauce 
1 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled 
1 teaspoon dried basil, crumbled 
1 teaspoon dried thyme, crumbled 
1/2 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes 
2/3 cup olive oil

That’s enough for one piece – which is usually about 2lbs. I find that’s usually good for about 2-3 people.

I like to put all the ingredients in a gallon-sized zip-top bag and mush it around to mix it well. Sure, you could get out your bowl and whisk and emulsify to your heart’s content, but I have yet to taste the difference – and who wants to wash another bowl? There are beers to drink and a gazebo to sit in.

If making more than one, make a separate bag for each to maximize marinade-to-meat contact.

The au jus groove on the board is key for dipping

After you add the meat, squeeze out any air, fold over the top of the bag, and place the bag on a dish or tray (in case of leaks) in your fridge. Keep it in there for about 8 hours. Somewhere in the middle squish it around a bit and flip it over.

[Addendum – 5 July 2011 – over the weekend made some, but didn’t have the full 8 hours, only about 2-3. To speed things along, I added some canned pineapple chunks and some of the juice. Pineapple has bromelain, which works as a meat tenderizer. Can also use papaya, which has papain, and has a similar effect. Too much or too long (>4hrs) will make it mushy, but in a pinch, they work quite well.]

On a good hot grill, about 8-9min per side should get you medium-rare. Let it then rest for 10min. Last night’s grill was a bit of an inferno, so we ended up with medium, but it was still quite tasty.

No leftovers.

Clean Plate Club.


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