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If there’s a day to go all out on the grill, it’s the fourth of July. But meat doesn’t have to be expensive to make your Independence Day BBQ menu a fireworks show of its own. This recipe for Poor Man’s Steak might sound a little strange from the get-go, but hang with us. When this 4th of July chuck steak is perfectly grilled, it’s a unique flavor big enough to satisfy all of your 4th of July BBQ guests!

What is Poor Man's Steak?

Poor Man's Steak gets its name because it's made with chuck steak. Chuck steak is the shoulder of the cow and is a lot less expensive than break-the-bank porterhouse. However, cooked and marinated just right, chuck steak can be a delicious alternative to pricey cuts. Here’s how to grill it!


The Ingredients

  • 3 to 4 pound Chuck steak, about 1 inch thick
  • 1 bottle of creamy French dressing
  • Meat tenderizer (MSG free)

How to Prep

  1. Tenderize both sides of the meat with a fork.
  2. Sprinkle meat tenderizer on both sides of the meat and re-tenderize the meat with a fork to get the tenderizer deeper inside.
  3. Liberally spread French dressing on one side of the meat until it’s covered. Re-tenderize once again with a fork. Flip meat over and repeat on other side.
  4. Place meat and any extra dressing in a plastic bag and let it marinate in the refrigerator for three to four hours.

How to Grill Steak

Heat grill. Place steak on a hot grill and cook each side for four minutes, turning the steak over twice. Each steak should have about eight minutes on each side.


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