Saturday, June 13, 2009

London Broil

Do you have a "promiscuous butcher"?

Aren't sure? Here's one of those quick Cosmo type quizzes.

A "London Broil" is

1) A cut of beef available at the supermarket
2) The third album by The Clash
3) A stalled high pressure warm front over London
4) A technique or recipe

Despite what your supermarket meat department might tell you, the answer is 4), it's a recipe/technique.

One of the best lines I read when looking into London Broil was this one from OChef : "Some absolutely promiscuous butchers label various cuts of meat London broil, including flank steak, sirloin tip, top round, etc. "

So if your butcher is selling "London Broil", time to change butchers, Alice....Sam has been hittin' something else.
The butcher at Food City must believe in an "open relationship" since their label openly admits to being "London Broil" and/or "Top Round". (Wow.....this post is going down hill quick.)According to Joy Of Cooking, a London Broil simply refers to "a quick pan -broiling over high heat and thinly slicing the meat across the gain before serving." I don't really live up to the pan broiling either, so I'm not sure what the hell you'd call what I made today, but I figure if everyone else can call their meat cuts/recipes "London Broil", then I can do the same!

I took a 3.35 lb certified angus beef (CAB) top round roast and rubbed it with my beef rub.I smoked that chunk o' meat with lump coal and Jack Daniels oak chips on the Big Green Egg at about 250f, indirect heat, until the internal temp of the meat was 105f.

Then I removed the chunk o' cow and crank the cooker heat up to 500f or more, returned the beef to the cooker and seared each side for a few minutes per side.This is called a "reverse sear" because instead of searing the meat at the beginning, I waited until it was almost done to sear it.I pulled the beef off at 130f internal, only to find that my thermometer was actually off and the temp was really about 138f internal. More done than I wanted. And I haven't even let it rest for 10 minute yet.
You really have to be careful with tough cuts like this. If you take them past medium rare they only get tougher and ya might as well go all the way to beef jerky at that point. Fortunately, I got them off the grill just soon enough to save it.Make sure you slice it very thin with a very sharp knife. That helps ensure tender texture.Serving suggestions? Pile it on a yeast or onion roll with a nice slather of horseradish sauce.


  1. A technique? Dang, knowing that ruins my favorite joke from the movie "Cabin Boy."

    "Don't let them give you any of that flank steak bullshit, either. Treat yourself, try the London Broil."

  2. Looks delicious. I have been making "London Broil"( flank steak, sirloin tip, top round, etc.)for years, all the supermarkets here in Miami call it London Broil too. I cook on the grill, broiled in the oven, and I sometimes slap it down into my cast iron skillet a few minutes on each side. You are so right about the cook time, and the way to slice it. And I like the way you cooked and served it.

  3. How about some Turkey London Broil?

  4. Oh and a food blog too! Love it! :-)

  5. Nothing better than beef..Don't care what anyone says. I am a proud beef eater...

  6. Okay, UNCLE! Why is it while I am here in Texas I just want to be as carnivorous as one can be...meat...just give me meat...

  7. Well, whaddayaknow.
    I've been calling it London Broil for years.
    Made the Chimchurri yesterday and it was very tasty, almost a rival to my regular marinade of Soy Sauce, Garlic, Fresh Cracked Pepper & Sea Salt... I say 'almost' because I made 2 'Flank Steaks' (we had guests join us for dinner) and made both recipes. My kids being 'anti-gourmet anything' opted for what they knew, so we have some chimchurri left over for lunch today... Yum!

  8. It looks great and I love horseradish sauce! But like you said, this type of meat is tough- Tasty but chewy.

    (there's a "your mom" joke somewhere in there... lol).

  9. love the 'promiscuous butcher'

    I also love the photo of the steak on the grill: that's magazine quality!

  10. Your London Broil looks fantastic. Don't you just love finding deals like that on meat, but especially beef?

  11. Glad you like my 'method'. For more on the "Reverse Sear" visit my website. (see the reverse sear page)

  12. Well Chris a big thank you. I bought this cut thinking fast bbq steak...wrong....its a roast, now what do I do! Your blog came up and I am very grateful. I used your technique, which the CAB board aught to have on their website, and it worked like a charm. I was apologizing to my guests before I served dinner. they were saying great ,and I was stunned to try it and find it wonderful. thank you thank you thank you.

  13. I really love horseradish sauce to go with this kind of meat even though it is a little tough and chewy.


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