From succulent roasts to smoky chilis, these tasty recipes make the most of the meat’s juicy flavor
Written bySunsetOctober 17, 2013
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1 of45Maren Caruso
Oven-Smoked Chuck-Eye with Horseradish Cream
Tracy Smaciarz, who owns Heritage Meats in Rochester, Washington, cold-smokes this cut, then grills it over indirect heat. You can get a similar effect by oven-smoking the roast with wood chips and onions.
In Vietnam, this classic--named for how the meat is tossed in the pan--is usually made with tough, overcooked beef cuts. For his version, which has been on the Slanted Door's menu since 1995, Charles Phan uses grass-fed filet mignon.
Most butchers divide a whole brisket into the flat half or first cut, which is lean and squarish, and the point cut, which is fattier and triangular—and more flavorful and tender. (Save the leftover broth for soup or risotto.)
While researching a story on Peruvian cooking, we came across tallarín saltado, a popular fusion dish that combines Asian stir-fry techniques with beef, fresh tomatoes, Asian chili sauce, and Italian spaghetti. It was a hit here at Sunset: It's fast and easy, and you can substitute other meats, vegetables, or different kinds of pasta.
Beef short ribs develop a rich, succulent flavor thanks to a combination of Asian flavors like soy sauce and ginger with red wine and zest of orange. Serve atop mashed potatoes for a satisfying comfort meal.
Achiote Short Ribs with Ancho Barbecue Sauce and Avocado Relish
James Beard award–nominated chef Mark Fischer is forging his own Southwest style at Restaurant Six89 in Carbondale, Colorado, with dishes like these ribs: They’re oven-braised with citrus and achiote, then finished on the grill with smoky chile sauce. At the restaurant, he uses boned beef short ribs, but we kept it simple by leaving the bones in. The recipe is also outstanding made with pork spareribs.
Tasty (and affordable) grass-fed top round makes an excellent roast when seared and cooked rare (beyond medium-rare, it will be tough). Bring the meat to room temperature before cooking so it roasts evenly.
For these crisp, garlicky ribs, Alexander Ong, chef of Betelnut restaurant in San Francisco, uses Chinese red vinegar and mushroom soy sauce. If you substitute regular vinegar and soy sauce, they’ll be lighter in color and flavor but still delicious.
At Umami Burger restaurants in Los Angeles and San Francisco, these juicy, full-flavored, mildly spicy burgers are seasoned with Umami Dust and Umami Master Sauce (order at umami.com/shop). Soy sauce makes a good substitute.
Santa Fe restaurant Rancho de Chimayó serves this dish with long-simmered posole corn, stewed pinto beans, and a bit of shredded lettuce and tomato for color. Chimayó chiles can be hard to get and expensive, but more readily available New Mexico chiles, both whole and ground, can be easily swapped in. The dish can also be made in a slow-cooker.