How To Make Cheap Meat Taste Like A Higher-Quality Cut

The price of a steak at the butcher’s counter nowadays is downright outrageous. For the price of fresh-cut meat, it almost makes more economical sense to just go out for dinner. However, buying cheaper cuts tends to leave you with a tough, bland piece of meat — and that certainly doesn’t make for an enjoyable dinner!

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Thankfully, there are a few tricks to making cheaper meat taste like a high-quality cut. The first secret lies in cooking time and temperature. To avoid a cheap piece of meat tasting tough and chewy, go ahead and throw it in your slow cooker. When you cook the meat in a slow cooker on a long, low setting, the meat will retain moisture and flavor. You’ll be left with a soft, tender piece of meat that’s anything but bland.

Secondly, a simple salt rub can totally elevate the flavor of an inexpensive piece of meat. Simply coat the meat in coarse salt and let it sit out at room temperature for about an hour. When the time’s up, brush off the steak and cook it, seasoning with whatever herbs and spices you like. Your steak will taste far better than you’d imagined it could!

To see the simplest way to make a steak salt rub, check out the video below.