Steak in a Sack: a Neater Barbecue

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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Marinade 8 - 16 hours: 12 hrs
Total: 12 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 3 to 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
422 Calories
17g Fat
35g Carbs
29g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 422
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 21%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 79mg 26%
Sodium 674mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 79mg 6%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 394mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Steak in a sack sandwich is intended to solve a problem. The problem is that cutting steak on a paper plate using a plastic knife is a pain in the butt. The knife does a poor job, you end up cutting through the plate, and you end up with flecks of paper in your steak. But if you're trying to avoid washing (or transporting) dishes what can you do? Answer: Bring a sharp knife, a cutting board, and pita bread. The recipe below features a Mediterranean marinade, but you can flavor the steak any way you prefer. I like sirloin for this, it's a good compromise on taste, tenderness, and price.


  • 2 rounds pita bread

  • 10 to 12 ounces sirloin

For the Marinade:

  • 1/4 cup red wine

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 sprig fresh oregano

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed

  • Salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • 2 tablespoons tzaziki

Steps to Make It

  1. Combine marinade ingredients in a zippered plastic bag and marinate steak 12 to 16 hours in the refrigerator, turning occasionally.

  2. Mix together tzatziki ingredients.

  3. Cook the steak over a hot grill for 2 to 3 minutes per side depending on the thickness of the steak.

  4. Remove steak from grill, tent with foil, and let rest 10 minutes.

  5. Warm pita in a microwave, wrapped in a couple of paper towels, for 15 seconds.

  6. Slice steak very thin across the grain and stuff into the pita along with tomato, onion, lettuce, and tzatziki.