Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sunday Steaks with a Side Order of Football

The season has begun! Plenty of excitement today already in the league.

Steak - It's Whats for Dinner
I was cleaning out the freezer last week and I saw that I still had two enormous bone in ribeyes and two filet mignons from Allen Brothers! These are superb steaks and they are wet aged to perfection. I took them out Friday night to thaw for today in the fridge.

After the early games were over, it was Big Steel Keg's time to shine. I set up a big pile of lump charcoal, lit the fire in several places, opened the vents to 100% and let the lava eruption commence. After about 20 minutes I had the searing temp of 650-700 degrees stable.

Here are the steaks in the packaging:

Nothing fancy here, coat them with sea salt and pepper and brush with olive oil:

These things were so tender I had to be very careful not to rip them!

On the keg they go! I cook 5 minutes per side, then I start flipping them every 3 minutes. The steaks are huge, almost 2 inches thick so it does take a while to get them cooked up. Here are the finished products:

While the steaks were resting (you do rest your steaks right?) I threw on a foil pack with some asparagus. 8 minutes is all it takes to steam them perfect. Here is my dinner plate tonight:

Only the bone was left when I was done!

These things are unreal good, a real treat for NFL opening day!

NFL Week One Observations
-I was shocked at how fast the Patriots defense was! All those young kids are quick! They hit like tons of bricks as well. I was very surprised indeed. The offense looked great as well. Do not allow the final score to make you think the Bengals were ever in this game, most of those points were allowed by a time burning prevent defense to get the game over. The Jets are next week and I am feeling a bit better about the New England chances.
-The Texans might have just broken out to the big time. A complete victory against the Colts was something they have been missing for years. I did pick this game correct, BTW.
-The Falcons look like they may have some serious issues on offense, though playing against the Steelers defense can make it look that way for sure. Huge win for Pittsburgh. I picked this one wrong.
-The Raiders were totally unprepared for week one, big surprise.
-The Jaguars beat the Broncos and that was a surprise. I picked this one wrong as well.
-The late games are in progress and what happened to San Francisco? Arizona is having issues as well.

My picks will get better after a few weeks.

I Robot
Well I could not leave this one out:
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Have a good night.


Kid Dynamite said...

5 minutes per side at 700 degrees and THEN you cook them longer? surprising... i would have thought that would have dried them out badly. not that I'm doubting your meatability.

EconomicDisconnect said...

These are huge steaks!

I do the 5 minutes each side, then when I am flipping them I move them off to the edge of the grate away from being directly over the coals. Great seared surface, perfect roasted inside! You need to get one of these Kegs man, they rock.

Dave in Denver said...

WOW those look good.

Pats really took it to the Bengals. Pats are an overlooked team by the "experts" this year.

The Broncos made 2 key mistakes in the 1st qtr and then their Einstein d-lineman had 2 face-masking penalities in a row (30 yds worth)that led to a TD.

Can't make mistakes like that on the road no matter who you play.

EconomicDisconnect said...

Yeah it was a tough one for them. I think this year teams that can win on the road are going places.

Those steaks were sick good!

zydecopaws said...

Great looking steaks, especially when paired with the asparagus.

And if the Seahawks can play defense like they did today for the rest of the year they should win the West.

Tyrone said...

Beautiful char!!

EconomicDisconnect said...

the best cook I know and the guy I rip all my cooks off of is Zydecopaws! Stop by his site, it is plenty of fun!

Holy Moly, is Washington gonna beat Dallas??

EconomicDisconnect said...

Hello Tyrone, welcome!

GawainsGhost said...

Hey, if that's the way you like your steak, go for it. I like mine slightly charred as well. But the problem with constantly flipping steaks over an open fire is that it dries out the meat. Maybe you don't have that problem with the Keg, but I do with my Chargriller.

You have to find the right balance between temperature and time. Thickness also needs to be taken into consideration. I only turn my steaks over once, then set them on a cutting board for five minutes to let the juices settle. Makes for more tender meat.

Anyway, I've been watching the Dallas Cowboys play football for 49 years. I don't remember the games from my infancy, only the last say 45 years. That was one of the most pitiful performances I've ever seen.

The first Monday Night game in 1970, a 38-0 blowout against the St. Louis Cardinals, the Conference Championship at Washington in 1972, a 26-3 display of ineptitude, the inaugural game against the Houston Texans in 2000, and myriad mishaps in between, I thought those were bad. This was pathetic.

Poor preparation, poorer play calling, stupid strategy, incompetent penalities, mental errors, boneheaded mistakes, imprudent improvisation at the expense of effective execution, failure to focus on fundamental football. I'm disgusted.

If the Cowboys continue to play like that, they'll be lucky to win a single game.

EconomicDisconnect said...

I feel for you man! What a horrible game.