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Tiger Cry Beef Salad

Tiger Cry Beef Salad is variatibarbecued meJoaquSoler serves out his Brown Bag Lunch Truck. (Richard A. Chapman~Sun-Times)

Tiger Cry Beef Salad is a variation on the barbecued meat Joaquin Soler serves out of his Brown Bag Lunch Truck. (Richard A. Chapman~Sun-Times)

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Updated: May 9, 2012 10:31AM


1 cup pineapple juice

1/2 bottle Mexican or regular Coca-Cola

1/4 cup Chinese black vinegar3

pounds outer skirt steak (tenderized
by butcher)

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Salt and freshly cracked pepper


2 ripe tomatoes, whole

1/4 cup light brown sugar

2 tablespoons water

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon red pepper flakes

2 tablespoons fish sauce

Juice of 3 limes

2 tablespoons cilantro leaves, chopped

2 (10-ounce) bags prepared romaine

Mix pineapple juce, Coca-Cola and vinegar together in large resealable bag or container. Add steak and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight. Remove steak from refrigerator and let rest at room temperature for 30 minutes before grilling.

Preheat grill to high heat.

Remove steak from marinade, and pat dry with paper towels. Coat with vegetable oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill on greased grill until medium-rare, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove from grill and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Cut steak into 3- to 5-inch pieces, then slice each piece across grain into 11/4-inch-thick strips.

While meat is resting, grease grill again and char tomatoes until skin is blackened and blistered. Set aside to cool.

Combine brown sugar and water in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Bring to boil, then lower heat and stir constantly until water evaporates and steam ceases to rise from pot. Remove from heat and stir in garlic. Return to heat, stirring until garlic is lightly toasted. Add red pepper flakes and stir to combine. Remove from heat and cool.

Meanwhile, on high speed, puree charred tomatoes, skin and all, until smooth.

Combine tomatoes, brown sugar mixture, fish sauce and lime juice; season with additional fish sauce to taste. When ready to serve, toss sauce with beef, stir in cilantro and serve immediately atop romaine.

Adapted from Joaquin Soler,
Brown Bag Lunch Truck

Nutrition facts per serving: 479 calories, 15 g fat, 6 g saturated fat, 83 mg cholesterol, 49 g carbohydrates, 43 g sugars, 35 g protein, 608 mg sodium, 3 g fiber

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