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What Is A 'Pittsburgh-Style' Steak And How Is It Cooked?
By Chase Shustack
The city of Pittsburgh is mainly known for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Andy Warhol, and its many scenic bridges. However, when it comes to food, the city often takes a backseat to its Pennsylvanian neighbor Philadelphia and the Philly cheese steak, which is why you probably have never heard of the Pittsburgh-style steak.
According to PhillyBite, your typical Pittsburgh-style steak is charred on the outside while maintaining a bright pink center, meaning it’s both rare and well done. While these steaks may differ on how charred or how pink they are, the main cooking method involves placing it over an open flame at a very high temperature, before finishing it off on the grill.
Chef Billy Parsi explains that Pittsburgh-style steak is also called a “black and blue,” and describes it as something of an oddity in the world of steak. While the exterior has a “leathery taste,” at least to Parsi, the interior is actually very delicate and flavorful, leading to a unique contrast that many people love.