Economical, tender, delicious... The Flat Iron steak may be the best cut of beef to grill, heck it may be the best cut overall.
Never heard of the Flat Iron Steak? You are not alone.
This relatively unknown cut of beef (although gaining popularity) is the result of research by teams from the University of Florida and the University of Nebraska as part of the Beef Checkoff program. The goal was to look for additional opportunities to add value to beef through development of new beef cuts... clearly, they succeeded.
The Flat Iron look like an old-fashioned metal flat iron, hence the name. It comes from the Chuck, which is the shoulder of the steer. Specifically from the shoulder clod, from a muscle called the top blade.
This specific cut, is extremely lean and tender as it comes from an area of the shoulder that doesnt have much connective tissue. The Flat Iron is a beautiful cut of beef that has plenty of marbling.
This steak is easy to cook, first sear it over high heat and then switch to a lower temperature to finish off to the desired doneness. If you dont have a grill handy, you can also roast it or pan fry it.
The Flat Iron steak takes some skill to cut properly, some butchers
Thanks to our friends from Victoria Cookware for the beautiful Cast Iron Griddle. Nothing like cooking with the right gear!