Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Prime Ribeye Steak with Shiitake Mushrooms and Asparagus with Hollandaise

Murphy's Laws of Grilling
  1. The fire only flares up during the time that you went inside "just for a minute".
  2. The cut of meat you go to the store to buy for the cook out is never the one on sale.
  3. Trying to "grill before the storms hit" is a sure fire way to make it rain instantly.
Number 3 was the one that got me last night.  A major storm system was crossing Tennessee and I thought I had time to quickly grill a steak.  Of course, the grill is hardly preheated when the cold rain drops started pelting the deck so I pulled the grill back under the gazebo to hide out from the rain.

Alexis was at Food City and picked me up a prime Certified Angus Beef ribeye (they are a sponsor but this isn't a sponsored post).  I had some leftover shiitake mushrooms and a half a bundle of asparagus in the fridge.  I thought about doing those two together in a stir fry side dish but went this route instead.

Grilled Prime Certified Angus Beef Ribeye Shiitake Mushrooms and Asparagus
Prime Ribeye Steak with Shiitake Mushrooms and Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce

Certified Angus Beef prime ribeye recipe ideas
The main characters.

Char-Broil Kamander kamado grill is a low cost option for grills like Big Green Egg
Today I was using the Char-Broil Kamander kamado grill.  They are a sponsor and this is the first kamado they have come out with since I partnered with them.  At a MSRP of $349 it's a low cost kamado and I expected to have performance issues but it actually works surprisingly well so far. I'll still be using all types and brands of kamados but I've added this one to the fold.

The rub was leftover from this past weekend's Eggfest.  It's just kosher salt, coarse ground pepper, granulated garlic, crushed dried onion (not onion powder), ancho chiles, and cayenne pepper.  

For the shiitake mushrooms, I just sauteed them in a few tablespoons of butter and avocado oil for about 8-10 minutes.  I seasoned them with several big pinches of the beef rub and about 1 teaspoon of kosher salt.  Then I whisked in 2 teaspoons of corn starch into 1/2 cup of beef stock and added that to the pan.  I let that simmer for about 3 or 4 minutes until thickened.

Grilling a thick ribeye steak on a Char-Broil Kamander kamado grill
For the asparagus, I just drizzled oil on them, tossed them around to coat and then seasoned them rather heavily with the beef rub.  I put them on a small sheet pan and let them fire roast while the steak cooked.  I made the Hollandaise sauce ahead of time and kept it warm in one of those fancy insulated cups.

Grilling a Certified Angus Beef ribeye on a kamado grill like Kamado Joe, Primo, Grill Dome, Vision, or Akorn
The steak was a 1 pound prime Certified Angus Beef ribeye so I just let it so it's thing.  I tempered it by letting it sit out at room temperature for an hour.  Then I seasoned it on both sides with the beef rub and put it on the grill at 550°f for 4 minutes per side.

How to grill a Certified Angus Beef steak on a Char-Broil Kamander with a Kick Ash Basket installed
After the 4 minutes, a temp check with my trusty Thermapen showed it was only about 110°f so I just shifted the Kick Ash Basket to the right, the steak to the left, and shut the lid to go indirect for a couple of minutes until I hit 125°f.  
Note:  The right Kick Ash Basket for the Kamander is the same one for the Vision.  I now have that  one but here I was still using the Kick Ash Basket for a Large BGE, so it left a lot of room to do this.

Grilled Certified Angus Beef Prime Ribeye Steak with Fire Roasted Asparagus
Let's eat!

Perfectly medium rare!  The peppery kick of the beef rub was exceptionally good.
Ooltewah BBQ Brawl
Speaking of steak.........

Ooltewah BBQ Brawl food festival even near Chattanooga

There is an exciting new BBQ event coming to East Tennessee - the Ooltewah BBQ Brawl. This is going to be fun for the competitors AND the crowds attending.

  • It's a dual event.  There is a steak cook-off and a BBQ contest going.
  • Crowds get to sample the BBQ and help pick the People's Choice award (unlike most BBQ contests where the teams do not serve crowds at all).
  • The winner get's a Golden Ticket entry into the 2017 World Food Championships.
  • We will be there helping to judge who gets a shot at the World Food Championships.
Ooltewah is conveniently located on I-75 just a few miles North of Chattanooga.  If you are in the Knoxville, Nashville, or Atlanta regions, you should come check it out.