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Country Style Steak

Cooked low and slow and smothered in a rich pan gravy, country style steak is good, old-fashioned Southern comfort food.
This recipe first appeared in Season 10 of Good Eats.
ACTIVE TIME: 40 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 3 hours 10 minutes
Yield: 4 to 6 servings


  • 2 pounds beef bottom round, trimmed of excess fat
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil or bacon drippings
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

Specialized Hardware

  • 4- to 5-quart Dutch oven


  • Heat oven to 300ºF.
  • Cut the meat with the grain into 1/2-inch-thick slices and season on both sides with salt and pepper. Put the flour into a pie pan. Dredge the pieces of meat on both sides in the flour. Tenderize the meat, using a needling device, until each slice is 1/4-inch thick. Dredge in the flour again and set aside.
  • Add enough of the vegetable oil or bacon fat to just cover the bottom of a 4- to 5-quart Dutch oven set over medium-high heat. Once the oil begins to shimmer, add the steaks to the pan, being careful not to overcrowd. Cook until golden brown on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. Remove the steaks to a plate and repeat until all of the steaks have been browned.
  • Remove the last steaks from the pot and add the chicken broth and thyme and whisk until the liquid just comes to a boil. Return the steaks to the pot, making sure they are all submerged in the liquid. Cover the pot and place it in on the middle rack of the oven. Cook until the meat is tender and falling apart, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.