Turn a Cheap Steak Into a Prime Steak

It’s Monday again, the weekend is over and it is back to work. Make your Monday better by going out and buying some cheap steaks and turn them into a quality steak for dinner tonight. A good meal always makes a Monday better. If you like steak and eat it a lot this is a great cost saving measure.

Go out and buy your typical grocery store steak. The ones that usually range in price from $4-$7. Nothing from behind the counter, no filet or quality prime meat needed. Also pick up some kosher salt if you don’t already have it at home.


  1. Take the steaks out of the packaging and place them on a plate.
  2. Coat the steaks with kosher salt. (Just don’t sprinkle some on, coat it.)
  3. Let sit for desired time. (If your steak is an inch thick let sit for an hour, inch in a half let sit for an hour and a half.)
  4. Rinse steak of all the remaining salt and pat dry with paper towels.
  5. Now you can cook it or prep it any other way you would like before grilling it.

What happens is the salt breaks down the protein cells in the meat. Instead of being very tough and tight they loosen and help the meat hold its flavor better. There is more science behind this, but all you really need to know is that it works and works well.

Try this method this week and let me know what you think in the comments below.

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  1. Sam Wilson, Jr.

    Can not wait to try this

  2. It makes sense and I will be trying this the next time we get steaks!

  3. Shannon Riedmaier

    Weber is the best, I hope to win this! Great giveaway and blog!

  4. I’ve used this on london broil for years. Adds a nice crust on the grill as well.

  5. I hope to try this on my new Weber Grill!! :cool: I usually soak poultry in salt water an it makes it tastes delicious, so will definitely have to try this for steaks.

  6. Thank you for the great tip. Would this work with London Broil?

  7. Chrissy McPherson

    :razz: I had no idea that salt would do that. Tried it and they tasted like they came from a steak house. AMAZING!!! :mrgreen: My family loved them! I can’t wait to try this out at Easter with the whole family!

    Thank you so much!

  8. I love to grill once the weather gets warm

  9. jade carpenter

    love your products and grills!! your tips and ideas are awesome!! woowww

  10. I LOVE Weber!!!!

  11. Great info! I’m a novice griller so this is really helpful.

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  13. I’ve been doing this since I saw it on the Steamy Kitchen blog about a year ago. Adding some granulated onion and garlic along with the salt really gets some nice flavor into the steak.

  14. Deborah Curran

    I never tried to make my own marinade – I always just bought one – can’t wait to try thanks

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