We just picked up our beef on the hoof purchase for 2013 but I still had a few packages left from last year's beef purchase. A couple of those packages were round steaks. Some cuts of beef are better for grilling than others, however even those cuts that give less than ideal results can be grilled if you modify how you do the grilling. So it is with round steak. A round steak is from the round primal cut of beef. It is comprised of the eye (of) round, bottom round, and top round still connected. The bone may or may not be included. A round roast is lean but moderately tough due to the lack of fat and marbling. This makes round steak dry out when cooked with dry-heat cooking methods like roasting or grilling. Slow moist-heat methods including braising, to tenderize the meat and maintain moisture are commonly used to cook round steak. Round steak can also be sliced thin, then dried or smoked at low temperature to make jerky.
Wood smoking chips can be found in the grilling aisle of most box stores, specifically Canadian Tire and Home Hardware here in our corner of beautiful Ontario, Canada. They are not expensive at about $7 for 220 cubic inch bag and the bags often go on sale near the end of the summer when there is less demand for them. I look for all natural 100% organic, pesticide free wood smoking chips. You can also use wood chips from woodlots and orchards providing it is pesticide free. Quite often the wood will be free or very low cost from either source.
I am quite impressed that the steak did not become dry and tough during the cooking process. Overall, I would rate this experiment a 9 out of 10. One portion of the steak was cooked a bit more than I would have liked but other than that, I have no complaints. The real beauty of using the smoking chips is the flavour they add to the foods. While the results are good using the wood chips on the outdoor grill, I want to do more smoking that requires a smoker. I'm borrowing a smoker from one of our friends this week to see if I really want to buy one. I have one round steak left that I will be smoking for beef jerky so will report back on the results. I am very much encouraged by the results so far.