Wednesday, November 4, 2015

"The Majestic Hanger Steak"

Hanger Steak prepared Sous-Vide makes this a prized carnivore delight that sits on top of the food chain. Real beefy flavor and richness that has almost no equal: of course that's subjective. 

Here's a great article to read on Hanger Steak. 

Here’s Why Your Butcher Wishes You’d Stop Ordering Hanger Steak

Here is a pic of the untrimmed Hanger steak. It actually looks pretty good. I am just gonna take off some residual silver skin and hard fat.
All sealed up and ready for thermal bath. Note: I always presalt my meat 24 hours in advance. If Hanger steak is cooked incorrectly it will be very tough. Lower is always better. Everything I have ever read on this particular cut suggests high heat and to serve Medium-Rare. Failure to follow these suggestions will result in eating shoe leather.  We're not worried about overcooking of course because we have Sou-Vide. See some experiments HERE that prove that salt is very important. 
Anyhow I Warm-Aged the steaks at 104℉ for 90 min followed up with 128 ℉ for 4.5-5 hours. Note: I added boiling water to the container at the 90 min mark to hasten the climb to 128 ℉. Since we only warm aged for 90 min adding boiling water to hasten the climb to an appropriate is just a suggestion. You obviously can't add boiling water if you are SV'ing remotely as I often do with my Joule I.C. 
After the thermal bath I shocked the meat in an ice bath for 2 hours then refrigerated the proteins until I was ready for the next step.  My schedule is hectic so this technique served two purposes. Putting the meat on the grill with the flames of hell hitting it would surely raise them temp way above rare but since the meat went on super cold (35˚∆í) all this was mitigated.  
Sliced across the grain. Be careful here and pay attention because I noticed all three chunks of meats had crazy grains.

Chimichurri Sauce made with Caramelized onions
Avocado Compound butter made with Cumin, roasted garlic, lime juice and zest etc etc