For this particular dish, I ended up using Beef Shoulder Steaks from Costco. While being the cheapest cut in the meat department that day, they were also cut into 1 1/2" thick steaks which meant shorter braising time. With a regular 6 lb chuck I can normally expect a 3-4 hour cooking time. With these steaks, I was able to cut the total prep/cook time to 1hr 45mins!
Since summer extends a little longer in Hawaii, I wanted to cook these in an Italian fashion and used a braising liquid of tomatoes, oregano, thyme, garlic, onions, and balsamic vinegar. After searing my meats and putting them aside, I layered all my other ingredients and covered them with my two 1.5lb steaks.
Left on low simmer, I was rewarded 90 minutes later with a wonderful sauce and that coveted melting beef.
Next time you are at Costco, consider this cheap meat and why not give it a whirl. With the colder months coming soon, why not add this to your weekday dinner repertoire?
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