Add smoky heat to this quick barbecue sauce with a dash of chipotle chile powder. Look for it in the spice section at the supermarket.
1 (1-pound) flank steak, trimmed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 (1/4-inch-thick) slices red onion
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
4 (3-ounce) hoagie rolls, split
How to Make It
Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle steak evenly with salt and pepper. Add steak to pan; cook 6 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove steak from pan; let stand 10 minutes. Add onion to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Remove from pan; cool.
Combine ketchup and next 4 ingredients (through chipotle chile powder) in a large microwave-safe bowl, stirring well. Microwave at HIGH 1 minute or until thoroughly heated. Cut steak diagonally across grain into thin slices. Add steak to ketchup mixture; toss to coat. Divide steak mixture evenly among bottom halves of rolls; top each serving with one onion slice. Place top half of roll on each sandwich.
I browned the steak for 3 minutes on each side, put it in the crock pot and covered it with the sauce. I cooked it on low for 8 hours, thinking that the meat might be a bit more tender. I thought the sauce was excellent, but I still found the meat to be a bit tough.
This is a great recipe, with a few tweaks (in my opinion). We marinated the meat overnight in the sauce ingredients and sliced it into large bite sized pieces and it was very tender. I cooked a whole sliced onion in a large non-stick skillet for about 15 minutes until caramelized and then added the meat (along with all the sauce it marinated in) and about 4-6 ounces sliced fresh mushrooms to the mix and cooked another 10 minutes until veggies were tender and meat was about medium to medium-well in doneness. Served these on rolls and they were absolutely delicious!
I thought this was good, but could have been better. The sauce is great, spicy-sweet; I subbed 1T honey for 1T of the brown sugar, and cut back on the worcestershire by 1t. But a flank steak with just salt and pepper? Too tough! Marinate it first; I used 1/4C of store-bought BBQ seasoning mixed with 1T each of oil, water and cider vinegar and let it sit 2 hours. It was great, we will keep this!