Summer Sizzle: The Grill Lover’s Dilemma

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love the smell of steak on a grill. It incites something primal in us, and cooking meat over fire is something humans have been doing for a long time. But while grilling meat is tasty, it is important to remember that it isn’t necessarily the healthiest way to prepare meat. When all that flavorful smoke surrounds the meat and you hear that nice sizzle, the down side is that carcinogens are being formed, and they are nasty little substances called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Ew! They are an unwelcome and unfortunate truth, because stove-top steak just doesn’t quite impart that charred, slightly smoky deliciousness a grill gives. So what is a grill lover to do?? One thing we can do is marinate. Marinating, adding rosemary, ¬†and even ¬†blueberries to ground beef all greatly reduce the carcinogenic effect, so when I do grill out I marinade my meat first. Recently, I stumbled upon an article informing me that a beer marinade might be best, and in studies, meat marinated in beer (dark beer is preferable) for four hours prior to grilling had those gross carcinogenic compounds greatly reduced. And that made me really happy, because I happen to like beer. And steak. And steak marinated in beer just sounds divine. So I tried it on my cast iron stovetop grilling pan (I am a sad person who lacks a proper outdoor grill) and I had excellent results (despite the room getting just a wee bit smoky..) Let me know in the comments below if you try it! Happy grilling :)

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