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Nashville Hot Beef

Serves 4
Cuisine: American
Category: Sandwiches & Salads
Use a candy thermometer to ensure accurate oil temperature while frying. Blooming the spices with hot oil is key. After you’ve tossed the fried cube steaks in the bloomed spice oil, use a spoon to scoop the spice oil from the bottom of the bowl and coat steaks with that spicy goodness.
Prep Time
15 mins
Other Time
30 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
57 mins
  • 4 (6-ounce) Certified Angus Beef ® cube steaks
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon paprika 
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons Texas Pete ® hot sauce
  • 3 tablespoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili flakes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated garlic 
  • 4 cups frying oil of choice (like canola, vegetable, peanut, avocado)
  • 4 burger buns
  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 12 to 16 dill pickle chips
  • 1 cup thinly sliced iceberg lettuce
  1. Season cube steaks evenly on both sides with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and black pepper; set aside on a sheet pan.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, paprika and remaining 1-teaspoon salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk and hot sauce.
  4. Coat seasoned steaks, one at a time, in flour mixture, pressing gently into flour and tapping off excess. Set floured steak into egg mixture, coat evenly and go back into flour mixture for extra crispy crusts. Place each steak on a sheet pan fitted with a cooling rack and refrigerate, 30 minutes.
  5. While steaks are chilling, prepare spicy coating. In a medium bowl, mix together cayenne, brown sugar, chili powder, chili flakes and garlic; set aside.
  6. Add oil to a large Dutch oven or high-sided cast iron pan; put over medium-high heat. Heat oil to 325°F. Gently drop steaks into hot oil, two at a time, and fry for 4 minutes on first side. Carefully flip each steak (slotted, metal spatula works well) and fry an additional 2 minutes until golden brown. Place steaks on a clean cooling rack.
  7. With a metal ladle, carefully add 1-cup of the hot frying oil directly into reserved bowl of spices. Stir to combine. Ease the fried steaks into the spice oil and flip gently to heavily coat each cube steak.
  8. Assemble sandwiches. Spread mayo on both the top and bottom buns. Build bottom bun with pickles, shredded lettuce and Nashville Hot Beef steak. Pour any remaining spicy oil over steaks and top with bun crown.
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