Many of my friends scoff at the notion of "grilling season" because most of us grill and barbecue throughout the year. But I still think that there is a "grilling season" that starts for me with Daylight Savings Time. "Grilling season" to me means that it is the optimum conditions for grilling:
- Lighting - The sun starts setting later in the evening, and for our deck, that means beautiful rays of golden sunlight boldly shine through the trees in our backyard.
- Warmth - It feels good to be outside, with warm breezes and pleasant temperatures.
- Wildlife - Birds, frogs, rabbits, squirrels, and other critters are out and about, and their chorus of animal Tinder ads fill the air.
- Greenery - Winter's fifty shades of grey is over. The grass is vibrantly green, flowers are bursting open like fireworks, and trees have leaves, once again.
To celebrate the first day of Daylight Savings Time this year, I went to Food City and picked up the prettiest Certified Angus Beef® Brand porterhouse steak they had. I cooked it in a skillet over hardwood coals and basted it with a mix of compound butter and beef tallow.
When I was posting about this while cooking, one of my followers asked a good question:
@nibblemethis , this may be a dumb question, but what’s the advantage of searing a steak in a cast iron skillet over coals vs. a hot gas or electric stove? Does the meat acquire extra smoke flavor? Gas seems so easy compared to coals. Thanks
The answer is that I did it solely to enjoy the experience. With an open grill like this, you aren't going to get any smoke flavor. If I used the skillet as the sear part of the reverse sear technique, then yes, I would get that smoky taste.
Gear and Set Up
I decided to use a skillet for this cook. I love uniform cross-hatch marks, but it is hard to beat a cast iron skillet seared steak. But more importantly, I wanted to butter-baste our steak. My weapon of choice was a PK Grill, a simple clam-shell type grill and I used Tennessee hardwood lump charcoal. Notice two things.
- First, the skillet is empty. Don't add food, oil, or anything until it is preheated - when you start to see slight wisps of smoke come off the surface.
- Second, notice the gap with no charcoals, that is my escape area if the skillet gets too hot.