Like a lot of people I pass by the T-bones, Porterhouses, and Ribeyes of the world because I just can’t afford to buy them. But I still want to have a good steak. So what do I do? I reach for the Chuck Eye Steak. Now normally you hear about chuck eye being used as pot roast and the roast from chuck section of the cow, makes the perfect pot roast. Butchers also cut steaks from the chuck. How can they be any good you ask? You cook a pot roast for hours and now you are saying I shoud cook a steak from the same part of the cow for a minutes on the grill. You might think that I am out of my mind. But I have discovered a technique that makes the chuck eye steak worthwhile to eat.
First you need to select your steak. Often I am able to find them on sale for less than $3 a pound. If you can, try to find ones that say center eye or center cut. They are usually a little more expensive than just the standard chuck eye steak, but I find that you end up throwing out a lot of fat and grizzle, so the slightly more expensive cut is a similar value. Second, once you have your steak home, get it out an hour before cooking. Third, and this is the most important step, dump kosher salt (don’t even think of using table salt) all over the meat. Cover both sides with so much salt that you can hardly see any red. Won’t this make your steak super saltly? No. What you are doing here is drawing moisture to the surface, which will help give your steak a nice sear. Then through the process of omosis, some of the water will go back into the meat and take along with it the salt which will do two things: flavor the meat and break down the proteins. You can also add other seasonings of your choice that will be taken along with the salt. After about 45 mins or so depending on how thick your steak is, wash off all the salt and pat the steak dry with a paper towel. You will notice that the steak is now much more likely to fall apart in your hands. Now it’s time to grill to your perfection. When your steak is ready to eat you shouldn’t need to salt your steak at the table, as it will already be perfectly seasoned. Now all there is left to do is to enjoy your cheap and delicious steak.