06/17/2014 11:35 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Best Way to Grill a Huge Piece of Meat

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By Daniel Gritzer for Food & Wine


No piece of meat is too large for the grill as long as you know how to butterfly it.

Why Butterfly?

Some of the most committed DIY home cooks buy whole animals and break them down, but not all meat-cutting techniques require a hacksaw. One of the simplest and most useful is butterflying. The method involves taking a big, thick or even round cut of meat and turning it into a thin slab. This is essential for grilling; otherwise the meat chars on the outside but stays raw on the inside. Beef tenderloin, pork loin, boneless lamb leg -- all can be cut to size.

How to Butterfly

With your knife 1/2- to 1-inch above and parallel to the cutting board, slice the meat along its entire length (this will determine the cut's final thickness). Continue slicing little by little as you pull open the meat with your free hand; just be sure to keep your fingers out of the path of the blade. Keep deepening the cut, pulling the meat open as you go, until the meat becomes a slab.

Three Great Marinades

Each of these makes enough for 1 pound of chicken, pork, lamb or beef. Coat the meat with the marinade, cover and refrigerate for 3 hours before grilling.

Citrus, Fennel and Herb Marinade

Garlicky Pimenton-Oregano Marinade

Lemongrass-Coconut Marinade

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