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Post Mon Mar 29, 2004 1:05 pm
vkb2

I make a grilled beef fajitas with flank steak but oftentimes it is sinuey. Can someone recommend another type of meat that would work as well and not be tough that I could grill.

Post Mon Mar 29, 2004 1:10 pm
chagan well done
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Skirt steak would be the on par for a substitute. Actually, I prefer a nice marinated skirt steak. Skirt steak is actually part of the diaphram muscle, and is quite tasty.

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Post Mon Mar 29, 2004 3:18 pm
Bob-BQN User avatar
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Been making mine from skirt steak. The recipe is in "How to Grill" on page 86. Photos are on page 1 of my WEB link.
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Post Mon Mar 29, 2004 5:01 pm
Guest

So then skirt steak even though it's in the same part of the flank steak will be more tender?

Post Mon Mar 29, 2004 6:45 pm
Bob-BQN User avatar
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I take it you're looking for something other than flank? Flank steak, when marinated, grilled, and thinly sliced against the grain for fajitas is quite tender. Another trick to getting a tender piece of meat is to use a Jaccard tool which by testimony of several members of the board can make even the cheapest, toughest, sinuey meats cook up tender. If you prefer to substitute a more expensive meat for tenderness, you can marinate, grill and slice almost any cut of beef you like for fajitas. Chicken and pork also make fantastic fajitas.
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Post Tue Mar 30, 2004 9:39 am
chagan well done
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Location: Central NJ by way of NY
Guest, skirt steak is a different cut altogether. Flank steak comes from the hind quarters, while skirt steak is part of the diaphram- the muscle that is used to breath, located right under the ribs.
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Post Tue Mar 30, 2004 10:03 am
dkirn well done
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Location: St. Louis, MO
I have trouble consistantly getting Skirt Steak from my butcher, but he recommended Flap Steak which is what he uses for Fajitas and I have been hooked ever sense. Another advantage with Flap Steak is that it is much less expensive than skirt steak and just as tasty - I just fixed some fajitas last night!
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