Fred Steak is a marinated beef steak sold by Schaub's Meat, Fish and Poultry Market in the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, California, United States. Its primary characteristic is its very black color - it looks burnt, even when raw. The dark covering forms a crust during a cooking.
Fred is a staple of SF Bay Area BBQs, especially summer weekends.
The marinade is a secret, though some imitations have been listed on the Internet, here's one:
- 1-1/2 cup brewed coffee
- 1 cup red wine
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1/3 cup Balsamic vinegar
- 1/3 cup Tamari sauce
- 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 2 Tbsp chili powder
- 6 cloves garlic
It was originally called "Marinated Sirloin" in the 1950s or 1960s by Fred Schaub at his Los Gatos, CA meat market. That market closed in 1979, though the 2006 Schaub's brochure claims Fred's son David would be stopped on the street by ex-customers and asked where they could purchase "Fred's Steaks." When David Schaub opened the current market in the Stanford Shopping Center in 1988, he again offered the product. Fred Schaub died in 1996.
- San Francisco Chronicle article on Schaub's and Fred Steak
- Paly Voice Article on Fred
- Yahoo Local Review
- Schaub's Meat Market Brochure