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Hanger steak caveman-style

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Hanger steak caveman-style

Approx. 15 mins

Ingredients

    • 5 cavemen

    • Hanger steak of approx. 2 lbs.

    • Pepper

    • Salt

Hanger steak caveman-style

Hanger steak caveman-style

I love to vary the preparation techniques of meat, fish, or vegetables. We’re all familiar with straightforward grilling some sausages or chicken satay on the BBQ, but there’s so much more to BBQing than to (over)sear meat. In this recipe, I’ll show you one of the alternatives: BBQ’ing caveman-style! Like the name of this technique suggests, it’s all about barbecuing like a caveman. You’ll only need a pile of hot (char)coals, so you don’t even need a grill!

The hanger steak screams a caveman-style preparation. This beautiful piece of meat consists of a muscle that comes from the lower belly of a beef animal that, as the name suggests, hangs between the loin and the rib. The taste is delicious, but since the muscle does quite some work, the meat it somewhat chewier than, for instance, filet mignon (a muscle that does little work). Hanger steaks are, just like the flank steaks, rather “forgotten” choices.

Since this dish isn’t hard to prepare, it’s very suitable for serving to a bigger group of people. For your information: we’ve cooked this dish during a corporate event attended by 130 people! This event was all about recreating some authentic, primitive vibes – so there were tankards of beer and meat was served on wooden platters. It all just screamed barbecuing caveman-style and eating hanger steak. In addition, we didn’t use a regular BBQ, but converted oil drum barrels instead – these barrel barbecues were an instant hit!

Preparation

Preparation

Approx. 10 mins

An entire hanger steak weighs about 1.8-3.3 lbs. and contains a long sinew. It’s important to cut out this tissue, separating the whole hanger steak into two long pieces. Tip: ask your butcher to do this for you instead.
We didn’t take pictures of this process, sorry!

Preparation

Approx. 15 mins

Including resting the meat, grilling each hanger steak takes about 15 minutes. For grilling these steaks, use charcoals instead of briquettes. The specific composition of briquettes make them less suitable for grilling caveman-style: during combustion, a thick layer of ash will develop on top of the briquettes. You definitely don’t want this ash to end up on your meat. In contrast, during the combustion of charcoals, almost no ash develops, making this ideal for grilling caveman-style!

Attention! Since the meat cooks very quickly, we do not close the BBQ with the lid.

As soon as the coals are hot enough (= you can’t keep your hand over them for longer than two seconds), place the hanger steaks directly on top of the coals. This seems pretty scary because it appears that the meat might get charred, but don’t fret! After 3.5 minutes (or somewhat longer if you’re dealing with quite a thick steak), turn the meat to allow the other side to direct grill on the coals. If coals are sticking to the meat, remove them using a tong or brush. Now wait for another 3.5 minutes and remove it from the BBQ!
If desired, you can now check the core temperature. When it’s around 122°F (50°C), your steak is perfectly grilled because the meat will continue to cook for a little longer!

Wrap the meat in aluminum foil and leave to rest for 10 minutes. After these 10 minutes, unwrap the parcel and slice thinly against the grain. We’ve applied the caveman-style technique, so be aware of this. By placing the hanger steak directly on top of the coals, the meat has a strong grilling flavor to it and might turn out bitter. With this in mind, slice the meat thinly and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Enjoy!

Nicole Schonewille

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Approx. 15 mins

Necessities

    • 5 cavemen

    • Hanger steak of approx. 2 lbs.

    • Pepper

    • Salt

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