Flat Iron Steak

Flat Iron Steak

Flat Iron Steak is located on the front shoulder blade of a cow. It is a thin cut, well marbled, and with good flavor. Since it is thin it cooks fast, and should still be red/pink in the middle to keep it tender. There is a large tendon that goes through the entire steak, but usually your butcher trims this off before selling it to you. The flat iron steak is relatively similar to a flank steak, but the flat iron steak is less fibrous.

Servings 1
Cook Time 30 minutes
Start the grill 30 minutes


  • 9 oz flat iron steak per person
  • 0.25 tsp salt per 9 oz meat


  • Apply a dry brine by rubbing the meat with 1 tsp salt per kilo of meat (0.5 tsp per lb) and let the steak(s) rest in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  • Fire up your grill, prepare it for indirect grilling. Have it running at 225° – 250° F. Add some wood chunks for smoking if you like.
    Grilling Flat Iron Steak with wood
  • Place the meat on the indirect side of the grill, put the lid back on and leave it there for 20-25 minutes, or until the inner temperature is 45° C / 113-115° F.
    Flat Iron Steak (the two large pieces to the left) on the grill
  • Stoke the fire to get it real hot, and move the steaks over to the direct side for some searing. Give them a good sear, roughly 1-2 minutes per side, and check the inner temperature. They're done when the inner temperature is between 55-60° C / 130-140° F (depending on personal preferences).
  • Remove them from the grill and let them rest for 10 minutes, then slice and serve.

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