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Posted in Main Dishes, tagged bbq, bluewater seafood market, food, garlic, grill, honey, lime juice, olive oil, pineapple, recipe, seafood, shellfish, shrimp, soy sauce on April 29, 2010| 5 Comments »
First of all, I’d like to thank Paige & Jackie for giving me the opportunity to be a guest author on A Recipe For Living. They are both far more talented than I am, even if I am much, much cooler. =) Okay, maybe not, but telling myself that helps me sleep a little better at night.
Anyway, I’m here to show everyone how to grill the one of the most insanely thick cuts of steak you can get (or at least, that I’m aware of), a cowboy cut ribeye, second only to the chateaubriand (3″…I have yet to find this one). Mmmmmm. This isn’t just a steak. It’s 1/10th of a cow. It’s two pounds of pure awesome, marinated and grilled to perfection (when done correctly). You have no idea how good this steak is. Get one. I’m serious. It may very well be the most important thing you ever do.
Alrighty. Now that I got that out of my system…let’s get started, shall we? For this unbelievably awesome steak you will need Paige’s unbelievably awesome marinade. Really, you could cook this steak and add nothing more than a pinch of salt and it will still be outstanding (that’s the beauty of steak), but this marinade just screams cowboy cut ribeye! It will definitely make it that much better. If you haven’t already checked it out, read Paige’s post “Cowboy Ribeye with Chimichurri” before moving on. Once you’ve marinaded the steak properly, you can continue. I’ll wait…
Alrighty then! I like to begin my steak grilling experience by beating the steak into submission. Giving your thick cut steaks a good whallop with a meat mallet will break down some of those tough muscle fibers making the final product far more tender. It really can make a huge difference with nearly any steak, and it’s a must if you prefer your steaks medium well or well done. Contrary to popular belief, there is such a thing as a tender well done steak (when done right). In any case, I actually did not tenderize this steak…I was so excited to eat it I completely forgot! Lucky for me, fatty steaks tend to be quite a bit softer, so it was still extremely tender.
The idea here is to sear the outside of the steak to seal in all the juices without leaving the steak on long enough for it to burn. The time you want to sear each side for will vary depending on a few things; 1) the type of grill, 2) the distance the grill is from the flames, 3) how fatty the steak is, 4) how hot the highest setting on your grill is. A pretty generall number to work around for most gas grills is about 2 minutes on each side. Don’t simply throw the steak on, look at the clock, and then walk away. You need to keep an eye on that steak to make sure it isn’t engulfed in flames. Once each side looks nice and grey, you’re ready for the next step. Keep in mind, this steak is so thick that you more than likely won’t get that finished grey color on the sides. That’s okay.
Now you want to move your steak to an area of the grill with indirect heat. I like to use the top rack in my grill, but if you don’t have one you can turn off the burners on one side of the grill and move the steak there. The idea is to get the steak far away from any flames. Once in place, you’re going to lower your burners to medium heat and close the grill. Adjust the burners until you can get the temperature around 350°.
At this point it’s extremely important to keep a close eye on your steak. The worst thing that can happen is a rogue flame you didn’t think could reach your steak flares up and burns your steak continuously for five minutes because you weren’t paying attention. Remember, fire is hard to control, so just because your steak is way up on the top rack of the grill far away from the flames, that doesn’t mean those flames aren’t going to climb all the way up there when they get a nice drop of fat. If you find the flames keep making their way up to the steak, a great trick is to put the steak on a piece of aluminum foil. This will keep the flames from touching the meat, which will keep your steak nice and grey instead of black and gritty.
This past fall he made some killer ribs at our annual chili cook-off. He made a dry rub, let them bake submerged in water for 2 ½ hours then grilled them. They were awesome. Wonderful. And that night, 40 pounds of ribs were devoured quickly. 40 lbs! That is insane considering all of the other food that was there. I told him he had bought too many ribs but apparently I was wrong. I am a little scared to see how many he buys this year!
I didn’t think he would ever top those ribs. But he did.
I named them “Everything but the kitchen sink” Ribs because the shopping list was a little longer than I expected. Don’t be afraid of the list of ingredients. This is actually a pretty easy recipe, though a little time consuming.
This time, he coated the ribs in a wet paste, baked them (without submerging them in the water), then grilled them. During the grilling, he used a vinegar/wine sauce.
The result? Spicy. Hot. Sweet. Delicious. I want more. Now.
So I suppose you want to know how to make your own? Ok, here you go.
First off, there are a lot of things that need to go into your food processor:
-4-12 scotch bonnet chilies. Now these are hot. If you don’t like hot stuff, don’t over do it. We used 5 and the ribs had a kick.
-Coarsely chopped onion. We probably used half a large onion
-Shallots – eh, about a half cup?
-2 bunches of green onions
-4 or 5 garlic cloves
-1/2 cup of fresh parsley, and ½ cup fresh cilantro
-Fresh ginger chopped, a couple tablespoons
-2 tablespoons salt – coarse
-Fresh thyme, about a tablespoon
-2 teaspoons of ground allspice
-3 tablespoons of ground black pepper
-1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
-Tablespoon of ground nutmeg
-1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
-Fresh lime juice from 4 limes
-1/4 cup olive oil
-1/4 brown sugar
-2 tablespoons soy sauce
Again, don’t be intimidated by the amount of ingredients. This is not a hard recipe and it is so worth it. This was way too much for our food processor to handle so we mixed it all into a bowl, put half of it into the food processor. Let it run, then added the rest.
The smell was amazing at this point. We put 2 racks of baby back ribs into our roasting pan and coated both sides with this paste. We let it sit for about 30 minutes to an hour. Then, we baked them for about 1 ½ hours at 300 degrees.
One quick note, the list of ingredients above made way more wet paste than we needed for 2 racks of ribs. So, you can either make extra ribs or come up with other uses for the wet paste. I bet it would be awesome on grilled shimp.
A little before the ribs were ready to come out of the oven, Baker Man made a searing sauce that consisted of a cup of soy sauce, a half cup of dry red wine, 3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar and 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.
My nifty tip, pour all of these ingredients into a glass measuring cup and mix them there, This way, you don’t have to dirty another bowl AND, the pouring spout will come in handy later.
Get your grill going on high. Pull your ribs out of the oven and transfer them to the grill. Slowly and carefully, pour the searing sauce on the ribs. Be careful and watch out for flare ups. Baker Man did a good job on this. He cooked the ribs for about 5 minutes on both sides to finish cooking the ribs and to give them a nicely seared finish.
I don’t think Baker Man is done experimenting though. He ordered some spices online tonight for his next Ribs adventure. Stay tuned for more 🙂