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posted November 09, 2022

Marinated and Grilled Chuck Steak

Whether you have a special occasion coming up, or you just have a hankering for steak, this marinated and grilled chuck steak is perfect for any occasion! Marinated with red wine vinegar and fresh herbs, you’ll love how flavorful and juicy these chuck steaks turn out!

Grilled chuck steak on a wooden cutting board with text overlay - Grilled Chuck Steak.

What is a Chuck Steak?

Chuck steaks are cut from the shoulder area of the cow, which is highly used by the animal and generally quite tough. The most common cut from the chuck is the chuck roast which is great for smoking and braising like a pot roast or cubing for poor man’s burnt ends.

Butchers will also cut steaks from the chuck and they typically come in two varieties. The typical “chuck steak” is just a thinner version of the chuck roast, made up of several different muscles connected by large chunks of fat. These steaks have more chew and texture than something like a strip steak, tenderloin, or ribeye, but they have a fantastic flavor and are fairly well-priced per pound. They are great to marinade and grill over high heat.

The second type of steak you’ll see comes from an area of the chuck that ends right where the ribeye roast starts. Oftentimes, butchers will slice a few additional steaks called the “chuck eye” steak from this area. They have all the flavor and tenderness of a ribeye steak but are typically sold for the price of chuck (which is about half as much). Those who know their beef, know how delicious and great a value a chuck eye steak is, so if you see one at the grocery store, you’ve got a treat! These steaks can be grilled with simple salt and pepper, but also taste amazing in the marinade in the recipe card below.

Chuck steaks in a zip top bag full of marinade.

Marinated Chuck Steak

Most steaks don’t need a marinade to shine, but chuck steaks are one of my favorite cuts to use to add a little extra flavor and tenderness. This marinade makes the steak juicy and flavorful. Here’s what you’ll need for this marinated chuck steak.

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 5 cloves minced garlic

Combine all ingredients in a zip-top bag and add the steak. Massage the marinade over the steak and place the marinade in the fridge for 4-8 hours.

Marinated chuck steaks on the grill.

How to Grill Chuck Steak

Once you’ve marinated your steak, it’s time to get that meat on the grill. Here’s how to grill chuck steak.

  1. Preheat. Fire up your favorite grill and preheat it to medium-high heat (450 degrees F) with your grill preheated for two-zone cooking (one direct heat side and one indirect heat side).
  2. Sear. Remove the steak from the marinade and place the meat over the direct heat. Sear for 3-4 minutes per side.
  3. Finish grilling. Move the chuck steaks over to the indirect heat side, close the lid, and cook the meat until it reaches your preferred doneness (temperatures provided in the recipe card below).
  4. Rest. Remove the chuck steak from the grill and rest for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Serve. Dig in, friends! These grilled chuck steaks were a big hit at my house. Be sure to leave a comment below to let us know how they turned out for you!

Chuck steaks on the grill with an instant-read thermometer reading 135 degrees F.

How Long to Grill Chuck Steak

This chuck steak is seared for 8 minutes (3-4 minutes per side) and then grilled over indirect heat until the steak reaches your preferred doneness.

It will take approximately 15 minutes to grill chuck steak to medium rare. The total grilling time varies depending on how you like your steak. Rare steak may take around 10 minutes, while medium (and anything past that) will likely take 18-20 minutes or more. 

Rather than watch the clock when you are grilling steak, be sure to cook to temperature. Use an instant-read thermometer and remove the steak when it is done to your liking.

Grilled chuck steak on a wooden cutting board.

More Grilled Steak Recipes

It doesn’t get much better than grilled steak! These are some of Hey Grill Hey’s most popular steak recipes. Check them out at the links below.

Grilled Chuck Steak Recipe

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Grilled chuck steak on a wooden cutting board.

Marinated and Grilled Chuck Steaks

Susie Bulloch
Whether you have a special occasion coming up, or you just have a hankering for steak, this marinated and grilled chuck steak is perfect for any occasion! Marinated with red wine vinegar and fresh herbs, you'll love how flavorful and juicy these chuck steaks turn out!
Prep Time : 15 mins
Cook Time : 15 mins
Marinade Time : 4 hrs
Total Time : 4 hrs 30 mins
Servings : 4 people
Calories : 325kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 4 boneless chuck steaks (look for chuck eye steaks, if possible)

Chuck Steak Marinade

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 5 cloves garlic (minced)

Instructions

  • Make the marinade. Combine all ingredients for the marinade in a zip-top bag or a non-reactive glass bowl.
  • Mix and massage. Place the steak in the marinade, and massage or toss the steak to ensure it is evenly coated on all sides.
  • Marinate the steaks. Place the bag or container of marinating steak in the refrigerator and allow the steak to marinate for 4-8 hours. Smaller steaks can marinate for 4 hours, thicker cuts can marinate for 6-8 hours.
  • Preheat. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat (around 450 degrees F) for two-zone cooking (one high heat side, one side with little to no heat).
  • Sear. Remove your steaks from the grill and carefully shake off any excess marinade or large pieces of herbs. Place the steaks on the high-heat side of the grill and cook for 3-4 minutes per side, leaving the lid open.
  • Finish grilling. Once both sides have a nice sear, move the steaks to the low-heat side of the grill, close the lid, and cook to your desired doneness. 120-125 degrees F for rare, 130-135 for medium rare, 140-145 for medium, 150-155 for medium well, and 160-165 for well done. The time on this step varies by your desired doneness, but a medium rare steak should reach temperature in about 6-8 minutes.
  • Rest and serve. Remove the steaks to a cutting board and allow them to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 325kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 995mg | Potassium: 131mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 219IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg
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