If there’s one thing that gets my taste buds excited, it’s beef. There’s just something about it that makes it oh-so-irresistible. Maybe it’s because I don’t get to enjoy it as often as I’d like, turning it into the forbidden fruit of culinary delights. But truth be told, even if beef were available on a daily basis, I’d still savor every bite with the same fervor. I might just end up a little plumper, that’s all.
Let’s talk about flank steak, shall we? It’s a cut of beef that can be a little pricey, so when you decide to treat yourself to it, you want to make sure it’s cooked to perfection. That’s where we come in – we’ll show you how to create a mouthwatering marinade that will take your flank steak to new heights.
Marinate the Flank Steak
Flavors can elevate even the simplest of recipes, and balsamic vinegar knows just how to do that. It falls under the category of “right ingredients” – those magical elements that can turn an ordinary dish into something extraordinary. You’ll find the full list of marinade ingredients in the recipe card below, but trust me, balsamic vinegar is the star of the show.
For the most intense flavors, let the steak marinate in the refrigerator for at least four hours. But hey, we get it – sometimes time is not on our side. In that case, here’s a quick marinade hack: grab a fork and puncture the steak multiple times to help the marinade penetrate the meat better. Then, place the steak in a shallow dish and pour 2/3 of the marinade over it, reserving the rest for basting while grilling. Let the steak marinate at room temperature for an hour, flipping it every 15 minutes for even coverage.
Prepare Your Weber Kettle
When it comes to grilling flank steak, I personally prefer the direct high heat method. Here’s how you set up your Weber kettle for grilling perfection: fill a standard charcoal chimney with briquettes and light them up. Once the flames are dancing at the top, carefully pour the charcoal into the center of the charcoal grate. Use your tongs to arrange the coals around the middle of the grill, ensuring both the top and bottom air vents are wide open to get those coals blazing hot.
Grill the Flank Steak
Now, let’s get to the fun part – grilling that marinated masterpiece. There are two approaches you can take, and both yield fantastic results.
Approach #1: Passive Grilling
Place the steak directly over the hot coals, close the lid, and let it cook for 4-5 minutes. Flip the steak, close the lid again, and grill for another 4-5 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 135-140F. This method allows the steak to cook undisturbed, resulting in a beautiful sear and juicy interior.
Approach #2: Active Grilling
Place the steak directly over the hot coals without closing the lid. Flip the steak every minute, grilling it for a total of 10-15 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 135F. This active approach requires a bit more attention, but it’s worth it, especially if you used a fast marinade. As you flip the steak, you can baste it with the reserved marinade for a burst of flavor with each turn.
Serving the Steak
Patience is key when it comes to savoring the fruits of your labor. Allow the steak to rest on a platter for about 15 minutes before you slice into it. When it’s time to carve, remember to cut against the grain for optimum tenderness.
Now comes the exciting part – deciding how to enjoy your mouthwatering flank steak. You can serve it as a classic steak alongside some grilled veggies, or use it as a base for a flavorful Balsamic Flank Steak Salad or delicious Flank Steak Tacos. And if you happen to have any leftovers (which is unlikely!), they’ll make a fantastic addition to a Leftover Steak Burrito or even a Steak Pizza. The possibilities are endless!
Just a word of caution though – if you’re trying to convince your kids to eat something other than beef, good luck. The smell of steak is like a homing beacon for them, and they’ll flock to it from miles away. Hide it among all the vegetables they don’t like if you must, but they’ll find it. I mean, come on, it’s beef!
So, my friend, it’s time to fire up that grill and embark on a culinary adventure. This Weber Grill Flank Steak recipe is not only incredibly delicious, but it’s also quick to make, perfect for those busy weeknights when you crave something special. And if you’re looking for even more steak inspiration, check out this recipe for smoked flank steak!
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