Hot Outta The Oven: Idiot-Proof Grilled Hanger Steak

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Now that it’s officially grilling season, I felt it was important to arm Frisky gals with a grilling recipe so easy, that you don’t really need the recipe. The trick here lies in the cut (and a little bit of the prep and cooking time).I started to play around with hanger steaks after my favorite Top Chef judge—Tom Collichio, whom I heart—called it his favorite cut. This cut hangs (hence, the name) from the last rib of the cow and is frequently used as the steak in hoity-toity bistro cooking. I then became obsessed, as they’re crazy-easy to grill and take well to every marinade/seasoning combo I’ve played with. I make it a point to try a different marinade or spice rub each time, but the combination used in the recipe was a favorite (FYI, I got called a genius at the dinner table).

Grilled Hanger Steak
Serves 6

One 1½- to 2-pound hanger steak
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1½ tablespoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon brown sugar
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

1. Preheat a gas or charcoal grill for medium-high heat. Set the hanger steak on a clean work surface. Using a sharp knife, cut away the fibrous membrane running lengthwise down the center of the steak; you will have two strips of meat. Trim each steak of any excess fat and other membranes. (If any small parts of the steak become detached as a result of trimming the steaks, that is a-ok. These bits cook faster than the rest, so I like to remove them to prevent them from being overcooked. And eat them as I did all the work.) This will help the meat melt like buttah in your mouth.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, garlic, paprika and brown sugar. Rub the mixture over the steak and let stand for 15 minutes (or up to 4 hours, covered and refrigerated).
3. Using paper towels, pat the steaks dry and season generously with salt and pepper. Grill the steaks for about 3 to 4 minutes per side to develop a nice sear and then continue to grill for another 3 to 5 minutes, turning frequently, for medium-rare (135° on a meat thermometer*); cooked any longer, this cut will get tough and chewy. Let stand for 10 minutes before thinly slicing on the diagonal.

*The beauty of this cut is that you don’t really need your meat thermometer. Once you’ve got a nice sear on the outside, let it grill for a few more minutes, turning for even cooking, before letting it rest (muy importante!), which allows the meat to continue to cook a teeny bit more while all the juices in the meat redistribute themselves to keep it all nice ‘n’ juicy.