Steak Eaters: Do you use steak sauce?

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  1. gwartney

    gwartney Unafilliated Gold

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    I recently concluded a trip to the midwest and noticed a disturbing trend there. I was eating on the company dime so I had steak whenever I wanted it. I had some really good steaks but almost always noticed people pouring A-1 or Heinz 57 sauce on their steaks. Some people tend to look down on people for doing this. I don't really look down on them but wonder why they do it. Does the steak not taste good without it? Seems like you could order a cube steak and it would taste the same if you are going to smother it with sauce.

    Also, what's with ordering them well done? Another taste choice, I guess. That sure seems to ruin the flavor to me. I get them med rare but if it comes rare, unless it moos when I stick a fork in it, will usually go ahead and eat it.
     
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    No.
     
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    med rare, no sauce
     
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    I like my meat well done. Although I've been trying to eat it less cooked lately. Steak sauce only if it has no taste.
     
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    Where in the midwest did you eat? I don't look for it but still never notice people using it. Olive oil, salt and pepper, that's all I use.
     
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    gwartney Unafilliated Gold

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    It was actually kind of weird. Texas is so proud of their beef. I had some steaks in Illinois that beat most of the steaks I've had here.
     
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    Nah son
     
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    gwartney Unafilliated Gold

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    Little towns, 10,000 population or fewer. Deep Southern Illinois. As far from Chicago as you can get and still be in Illinois.
     
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    If on the grill ill put BBQ sauce on mine unless I marinated it in Italian dressing or speedie sauce..
    But stove top just olive oil and salt n pepper with caramelized onions
     
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    Because of how the beef is fed. Hopefully you had tallgrass fed beef here. Put that next to corn fed beef and you can tell the difference. Good luck finding tallgrass in Texas.

    Plus anything cooked with mesquite is shit. Worst wood in the world.
     
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    I'll take sirloin and marinate it in Italian, Soy sauce and a cabernet or merlot overnight then grill it. I love that!
     
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    gwartney Unafilliated Gold

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    I'll use mesquite sometimes. I just don't smoke as heavy as I would with most of the other woods. A little mesquite smoke goes a long way. I'd never use mesquite for a brisket or ribs, anything that smokes for a long time.
     
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    I don't like it at all, very bitter, even in the lowest dose. When doing beef I use cherry and with pork I use maple and apple.
     
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    Ill have to try it that way I've done Italian and soy before and liked it...thanks for the idea
     
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    gwartney Unafilliated Gold

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    My go to smoke is still Hickory. I do keep Cherry, apple and Pecan around. Never tried smoking maple. I think I've tasted pork smoked with maple and it was good.
     
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    I like it with a nice rub. Fuck a sauce.
     
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    Hickory has a great flavor but it is easy to over power the meat. I have two smokers, a weber smokey mountain and a stainless steel cube smoker. Both work great. I do pork a lot. I get a large pork butt and ribs and smoke them a couple times in the summer. The pork butt comes out and you can shred it with two large serving spoons it is so tender and juicy. The ribs have to be picked up with both hands because they break in two from the weight and how tender they get.
     
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    Hickory and apple are good smoking woods. Mesquite is OK but not my fav. Try a little terragon with your usual toppings.

    Steak sauce is for horsemeat.
     
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    gwartney Unafilliated Gold

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    Once in a while I'll cook about a 3/4 lb hamburger patty like a steak. Tastes pretty good with some A-1 on it.
     
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    i don't mind white trashing it up once in a while with some Heinz 57 :dontknow: