The flat iron steak is the second most tender cut of beef, after the petit filet mignon. It comes from the top blade of the chuck. You may see a flat iron steak incorrectly labeled if it has a thick muscle that runs down the center of the steak. A true flat iron is cut horizontally just above and below that tough muscle (rather than vertically through it) so the muscle can be discarded and all that is left is very flavorful and tender beef. If you don't see these steaks in your grocery store, ask your butcher to cut them for you. In most cases, the butcher would be happy to comply and it is well worth it.
- 1/2 cup whiskey, such as Jack Daniels
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic, smashed
- Four 8-ounce flat iron steaks or filet mignon steaks
- 1 1/2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
- 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
Preheat a grill on medium-high heat. Whisk together the whiskey, brown sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon pepper until the sugar and salt are dissolved. Stir in 2 tablespoons of the oil and the garlic. Add the steaks, turn a few times to coat with the marinade and let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, quarter each potato lengthwise to form wedges and put in a medium pot. Cover with cold water to cover by 1-inch and add salt until the water tastes like sea water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, reduce the heat to medium and simmer until tender (but not falling apart), about 15 minutes. Drain well. Toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil.
Remove the steaks from the marinade and pat dry with paper towels. Pour the marinade into a small pot and bring to a boil. Boil for 2 to 3 minutes until slightly reduced, making sure the sugar does not burn, to make a glaze and sauce for the steak.
Grill the steaks until an internal temperature on an instant-read thermometer reads about 130 degrees F, 3 to 4 minutes per side, brushing with the boiled marinade several times in the last few minutes of grilling time. (If you are cooking the filet mignon steaks, you will need to increase this time to 8 to 10 minutes per side to account for the thicker cut). Transfer to a large plate to rest for 5 to 10 minutes. While the steaks grill, add the potatoes to the grill and grill until well-marked and crispy, turning to grill all sides, about 5 minutes total. Transfer the potato wedges to a bowl.
Toss the grilled potatoes with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, chives, vinegar and salt and pepper to taste. Remove the garlic cloves from the remaining glaze and serve drizzled over the steaks with the potatoes on the side.