London Broil is an inexpensive, thick, chewy cut of beef with practically no marbling. With a tendency to be even a little gamy, it can be a challenge to cook and make enjoyable.
Now, I don’t use the gas grill that often any more. It’s certainly not my go to grill, for that I rely on my Weber kettle, but there are plenty of times when the time it takes to get the right charcoal fire going isn’t available, and others when a cook time of less than 30 minutes just doesn’t justify it. So, having a gas grill in your arsenal is still a must, and this recipe is perfect for it.
Quite some time ago I stumbled upon a great technique on Cook’s Illustrated that turns this cut into a successful weeknight meal.
The two keys are proper prep, and searing it at a high heat, flipping it from side to side often during the course of grilling.
You can see their whole recipe here, but here’s how I did it as there are some practical issues like not thinking about your steak the night before and having to whip it up with less planning.
- Pat the steak dry with paper towels, then generously season with kosher salt and fresh ground pepper.
- Next, coat it with oil – vegetable oil will do but feel free to use an inexpensive olive oil if you wish.
- 20 minutes before you want to cook, light the gas grill, leave it on high.
- At 15 minutes, clean with your grill brush and oil the grates using a folded paper towel, and then close the lid is for another 5 minutes.
- To cook, take it right to the grill. Keeping the grill on high, let it cook with the lid closed for two minutes, flip it and repeat 5 to 7 more times every two minutes.
- Using a meat thermometer check the temp after the 6th rotation and each one thereafter until it hits your desired doneness (125° F for med/rare, 135° F for medium, 14o° F for med/well, and 150° F for well done).
- Remove the steak from the grill, cover with heavy duty aluminum foil and rest for 5-10 minutes.
- To serve, slice horizontally against the grain in thin, 1/4″ slices.
Voila! Serve with a starch, a veg of your choice and a fresh salad and you have a great family dinner that’s as sure to please as it is to satisfy y
our family’s hunger.