When cooked improperly, a rump steak will be the consistency of shoe leather. It's critical to prepare this steak using proper cooking techniques. By employing some simple recipes, you'll have an astounding steak from a difficult cut of meat.
This cut of meat comes from the rump of the cow. With very little marbling of fat and no bone, this cut is very easy to overcook. In fact, a lot of beef jerky comes from this cut of beef. Choose the best grade of meat that is available to you.
Because one wrong move will render this meat inedible, a lot of people tend not to use it. The secret is braising. Otherwise known as pot roasting, this technique tenderises the meat and break downs connective tissue and muscle fibres while cooking. Lean cuts of beef have a lot of connective tissue called collagen. When heat is added to collagen it breaks down into gelatin and produces a tender meat. Salt and pepper your steaks and take ten cloves of garlic and smash. Press against steaks and wrap them in plastic wrap overnight. Let the steak stand 30 minutes prior to cooking until it is at room temperature. Put the meat into a pot of water along with six cut up onions. Bring to a boil for twenty minutes and pour through a sieve or strainer. Keep broth. Oil steaks and with tongs place steaks in a very hot dutch oven. Brown all sides to create a crust in order to hold in juices. Add 1/4 cup of the reserved both and cook covered for 40 minutes. After 40 minutes add another 1/2 cup of broth and turn. Repeat this step once more. Serve when roast is tender.
A Crock Pot or Slo-Cooker is a great method for cooking meats at a low even temperatures. In a sauce pan sear your steaks for three minutes on each side and set aside. Cook 2 sliced onions and 2 cups of shiitake mushrooms. Add steaks and vegetables to a Crock Pot with 4 cups of beef broth, 2 tablespoons of molasses, 5 tablespoons of Tabasco, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, and 1 teaspoon of thyme. Remove steaks when tender. Pour liquid back into a saut� pan and cook over high heat. Add 1 cup of sour cream and cook for ten minutes. Serve sauce over steaks.
Stay with wet cooking methods when cooking rump steak. Methods like the ones above employ a sauce or liquid to cook the meat. Grilling and dry baking this steak is very difficult, because of its low fat content. Even though this is a difficult piece of meat, it works beautifully in stews, soups, braising, and Crock Pot recipes.