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New York Strip

I have cooked New York strips 2 times now and they seem a little tough. I must admit that I usually buy Ribeyes due to the taste and tenderness but Fresh Market had a sale I couldn't pass up. I have cooked on around 600 degrees one time and another 375. Both times the steaks were a little tough. Am I doing anything wrong? I was cooking to medium well. Thanks.
Gulf Coast FL
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  • thetrimthetrim Posts: 1,040
    Medium Well ain't cool.  Cook it up to about 125 internal.
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  • BigWaderBigWader Posts: 584

    Are you cooking to temp or time?  How done were they both times?  Sometimes NY Strips just aren't marbled enough to help them stay tender - who says lean is better.

    I usually do NY Strips by first bathing in a marinade of balsamic/worchestershire, soy sauce, a dash of hot sauce, dijon, fresh garlic and herbs. Several hours in that bath and they always got flavour if even a bit lean

     

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  • MrCookingNurseMrCookingNurse Posts: 3,997
    first off, I find strip to be "tougher" than ribeye. Usually they do not have the marbeling and fat of a ribeye.  Just because you are used to ribeye could be the only problem.

    now, I eat my steak med rare to rare, so med well is always gonna be tough to me


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  • grEGGorysgrEGGorys Posts: 162
    Thank you for the replies. I think the next time I will marinate them prior to the cook. I really need to get a thermapen but I spent around $1200 on egg, table and EGGcessories the last couple of months. I am waiting a little bit before spending another $100.
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  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 6,705
    NY strip needs some help and it is using a Jaccard. Hit is with this and they are like Rib eyes as far as texture goes. 
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  • BigWaderBigWader Posts: 584
    edited April 2013
    grEGGorys said:
    I really need to get a thermapen... I am waiting a little bit before spending another $100.


    A thermapen is just a thermometer that gives you a temp superfast.  A $10 digital thermometer will give you the same temp - but may take 10 seconds to give it.  I made fine quality food for many years with my cheapie before the thermapen (which I now love and couldn't be without).

    If you don't have a thermo - get what you can comfortably fit in the budget now - since it is the only way to turn out best quality steak, chicken breasts, pork chops etc.  IMO. 

    I would run away from any analog or dial thermo - they just take too long and get off calibration easy

     

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  • ScottborasjrScottborasjr Posts: 2,519
    grEGGorys said:
    Thank you for the replies. I think the next time I will marinate them prior to the cook. I really need to get a thermapen but I spent around $1200 on egg, table and EGGcessories the last couple of months. I am waiting a little bit before spending another $100.

    Spending 100 bucks on a great thermometer is worth it so you don't ruin 500 dollars worth of meat before getting one.

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  • I had this strip last night and it was the best steak I have ever had. No eggasuration!! I filled the directions for the TREX method. I hope this helps.
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  • cazzycazzy Posts: 7,570
    edited April 2013
    I used to love ribeyes, but now my favorite cut is New York Strip. I suggest searing em hot, then roast the rest of the way. Try to shoot for medium at a minimum and don't forget to rest your steaks for 5-10 minutes after you pull em off.

    There are many folks that can cook a perfect steak by feel, so it's possible. You can also use this test to help ya out until you get a thermapen or equivalent:

    http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/the_finger_test_to_check_the_doneness_of_meat/

    For seasoning, I just use coarse salt and pepper and I drop a garlic butter ball on each steak during their rest.

    Just a hack that makes some $hitty BBQ...
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