Tuesday, June 29, 2010

New York Strip Steaks with Crushed Garlic and Tennessee Barbecue Sauce

We received the book Weber's Real Grilling as part of a cute barbecue gift basket for our wedding, and it has some great recipes in it. It seemed fitting that for our anniversary, I would use something out of the book.

We celebrated our second anniversary with dinner at home, then driving around in the country with our dogs in the back and found our country dream home!! Something to strive for, anyway :) Pretty low key and wonderful! Norris got me all my faves--Sabra hummus with Stacy's pita chips (even my favorite brands!!), peanut butter M&M's (let's not talk about how fast those were gone..), pretty flowers, and made me a nice homemade card!

The flavor of the meat was very good with this garlicky rub on the outside. I served it with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy, and sauteed green beans (a little blackened for the perfect flavor and texture!). If you're a steak purist, you can just make the sauce for others! The simple rub is a good flavor boost, though. As you can see, I had to cook our steaks stovetop and finish them in the oven because we were out of propane for our grill. Oops!!

New York Strip Steaks
with Crushed Garlic and Tennessee Barbecue Sauce

from Weber's Real Grilling

1/2 cup ketchup
2 Tbsp Jack Daniel's whiskey
1 tbsp steak sauce
1 tbsp dark brown sugar
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp granulated garlic
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
4 New York strip steaks, about 8 oz each and 1 inch thick
3 medium garlic cloves
1/2 tsp kosher salt
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
To make the sauce, combine sauce ingredients in a small saucepan and whisk together with 1/2 cup of water. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Trim most of the extra fat fromt he steaks and allow to stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes before grilling/cooking (to prevent that curled steak thing you sometimes see).
Chop the garlic, then sprinkle the salt on top. Using your knife to smash the garlic and salt together to form a paste. Combine garlic with oil, rosemary, and pepper. Rub this mixture over all the steaks.
Grill over direct high heat until cooked to desired doneness. (or sear in hot pan and finish in hot oven for a few minutes). Let meat rest for 5 minutes after cooking, then serve with sauce on the side.

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