Category: Meats

Trucker's Steak Sandwich for David Webb Fans

Trucker’s Steak Sandwich for David Webb Fans

Grilled Steak and goat cheese on pita rounds

  • 1  teaspoon bottled minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 4 (6-inch) pita rounds
  • two nice slender steaks (sirloin, sizzler, or venison from home freezer)
  • a bit of sea salt
  • some nice black pepper
  • 2 medium tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • One package of goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh erb, whatever the market has, no matta.
  • One nice little portable grill, a gas Coleman is my fave.  Whatever your cab has room for.

This is how we do it.

  1. Preheat a grill pan or aluminum foil over medium heat.

  2. Combine garlic and oil; brush evenly over pitas or simply lay the pita rounds on the mix for a minute. Sprinkle a touch of salt and  pepper evenly over pitas. Place pitas in pan, and cook 2 minutes on each side or until toasted.

  3. Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper evenly over steaks and grill for 6 minutes or until medium rare, turning once. Remove steaks from the grill. Add tomatoes to pan or foil packet with remaining oil ; cook 1 minute.

  4. Slice up some goat cheese and place on the pitas. Lay the steaks and tomatoes evenly over pitas. Sprinkle with any fresh green (thyme, basil, oregano, or rosemary.

    Chomp on this bad boy and take a snooze.  You earned it.

Perfect Venison Marinade

Perfect Venison Marinade


  • 6 boneless venison steaks
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper


  1. Place venison in a large re-sealable plastic bag. In a bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Pour half over the venison; seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate overnight. Refrigerate remaining marinade.
  2. Drain and discard marinade from steaks. Broil 3-4 in. from the heat for 4 minutes. Turn; baste with reserved marinade. broil 4 minutes longer, basting often, or until a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees F for medium or 170 degrees F for well-done.

Memphis Style Ribs with a little twist

Memphis Style Ribs with a little twist

 Pictured above are the ribs smoking on Bob’s Cajun Grill.


For the marinade

1 quart of apple cider

1 quart of water

1 T sea salt

Main ingrediants:

3 racks pork spareribs

1/4 cup Hungarian paprika

1/3 C Turbinado Raw Cane

1 tablespoon salt

5 t  black pepper

2 t teaspoons cayenne pepper

2 T Sumac  (my wife is half Lebanese if you please)

2 t celery salt

2 t garlic powder

2 t teaspoons dry mustard

1 t cumin

½ C Old World Olive Co. Garlic infused EVOO

For the mop sauce if preferred or needed:

1 cups apple cider vinegar

1 C of your favorite bbq sauce

1/2 cup yellow mustard

2 teaspoons sea salt

What to do:

Cut the ribs into 3 or 4 rib sections after removing the membrane from the back side.  Combine cider, water,  and salt for marinade and place in Ziploc bag with ribs.  Refrigerate for 4 hours.

Combine seasonings and whip with a puree machine or in food processor for less than a minute or until nicely blended.

Use garlic evoo to coat the ribs.  Dust ribs to your fancy.

Smoke at 275 for at least 3 hours mopping after two hours as you see fit.

Put in foil or cake pan and pour remaining mop on and cover until desired doneness.

Grilled Marinated Flank Steak

Grilled Marinated Flank Steak

FlankSteakAnother great recipe from Chef Tom Reinhart

The flank steak is a beef steak cut from the abdominal muscles of the cow. Because it comes from a long, flat, well-exercised muscle, it is best sliced against the grain before serving, to maximize tenderness.



Flank steak is used in a variety of dishes including the popular carne asada, translated literally as “grilled cow.” The phrase “carne asada” is also used to describe a social event, the equivalent of how we say “barbecue” when talking about a cookout.

In the American Southwest and throughout Latin America, carne asada can be purchased from meat markets already marinated (preparada). The meat can be seasoned with a dry rub (try my Crazy Dust Rub) or a liquid marinade using beer or citrus juice.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

  • Flank Steak, Whole
  • 3 Tbs. Garlic, fresh, minced
  • 3 Tbs. Chili Paste, Asian (Sambal Oelek)
  • 2 Tbs. Lime Juice
  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp. Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp. Black Pepper, ground
  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil


  1. Trim flank steak and score on both sides making long shallow cuts in both directions.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine garlic, chili paste, lime juice, brown sugar, soy sauce, salt and pepper. Whisk to combine thoroughly.
  3. While whisking, slowly drizzle in olive oil. Transfer marinade to a large Ziploc style bag.
  4. Place flank steak in marinade and toss to coat completely. Seal bag marinate in refrigerator for a minimum of 4 hours.
  5. Pre-heat grill to medium high.
  6. Remove flank from marinade and carefully place directly on grill. Be careful as the marinade can cause flare ups.
  7. Grill for 2-3 minutes and turn. Grill an additional 2-3 minutes and turn again. Repeat and cook 2-3 additional minutes on each side.
  8. Remove from grill and allow to rest 5 minutes.
  9. Slice in 1/8″ strips across the grain and serve.


Image credits: 

“London broil” by Jeremy Keith (adactio@Flickr) – . Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons –


“BeefCutFlank” by JoeSmack at en.wikipedia – Licensed under Public Domain via Commons –

Real American Sirloin

Real American Sirloin

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Start with these ingredients:
4 T Old World Olive Co., 18 year old balsamic
¼ C Old World Olive Co., EVOO
3 T Pure Michigan Honey
2 t favorite fancy mustard
2 T Worcestershire Sauce
4 garlic cloves, chopped
2 t Thyme
2 pounds sirloin steaks
One Michigan Micro-Brew

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Open the beer and pour the complete bottle into a nice glass. Keep handy for panic situations.
Combine all ingredients (minus the beer, that is for you) in a medium stainless or glass bowl and blend with a hand blender. You can use an upright blender as well.
Place your sirloin steaks in the mixture and cover with plastic. Leave on the counter for no more than one hour.
Grill to medium rare or medium at the most. This is a lean cut and is unforgiving to the over cooking griller. While the mixture is grilling, heat up the marinade and boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
Rest the steaks on the cutting board for 10 minutes when you have achieved your selected doneness. Slice against the grain in a double 45 fashion.
Drizzle the marinade on the meat before serving. Just enough to keep hydrated.
Do a victory lap and pick up another Michigan beer.

Peace, Love, & BBQ


Over The Coals Bistecca Fiorentina

Over The Coals Bistecca Fiorentina

This Italilan Version of over the coals steak is a marvel and your friends won’t believe their eyes when you put it on the coals, but they will be anxiously awaiting your taking it off.

Here’s what you need:

Two inch thick cut Porterhouse Steaks

Kosher or Coarse Sea Salt


Some minced garlic cloves (as much or little as you like)

Lemon Juice

Old World Olive Companies EVOO

Smoked Salt for Garnish

Parmesan Shavings

Medium Bowl of Arugula leaves

With a mature fire well under way, move large portions of burning wood out of the way and make a nice red hot bed of coals.  Coat the steaks with EVOO and layer heavily with Salt and moderate coarse ground pepper.

With a clean dry natural fiber paint brush or light broom, dust the grey ash off of the coals.  Lay the steaks on the coals.  Leave on for about 5-7 minutes until you can flip them without the coals sticking to the meat.  Finish on the second side to the level preferred.

In the bowl, add some oil and lemon juice and toss.

Carve the steak into slices on a diagonal and place on serving plates with greens on the side.  Sprinkle greens with parmesan and smoked salt with more cracked pepper.

Enjoy and take a bow.Bistecca Fiorentina

Michigan Porterhouse?

Michigan Porterhouse?

Jop just could not resist snapping a shot of this awesome hunk of beef.    Bring on the Fire!IMG_2103

Are you ready?

Are you ready?

It’s time to clean off the gear and smoke up your streets and woods.  Have you done a Spring check on the gear that was stowed?  Did you use your smoker all winter or did you stow it?  If it sat outside, you need to give it a little tlc.

Tune in tomorrow for some tips to get your game on.

Bob was doing a brisket class on the Saskatchewan River this week.

Bob was doing a brisket class on the Saskatchewan River this week.

Smoked Venison Tenderloin

Smoked Venison Tenderloin


Smoked Venison Tenderloin.
The back strap runs along the spine of the deer and contains very little connective tissue or fat. It is lean, has a texture similar to filet mignon and because of the thickness, and is excellent for smoking. Smoking is by far our favorite preparation method for this cut of meat.
The key for tender and flavorful smoked wild game is to brine during the preparation. A brine is
a marinade with a high salt and sugar content that elicits a specific reaction within the meat.
Two main processes are at work in brine:
1) First, tenderloin is largely devoid of salt, so when marinated in a salty water solution the process of osmosis kicks into action and the area with less salt concentration pulls the saltwater solution into the meat and hydrates it. This helps to keep the meat juicier over the several hours (r’s) smoking process.
2) Next, the introduction of salt into the meat causes a breakdown of certain proteins within the meat. This breakdown makes the extremely lean venison much tenderer than it would be without this process.

Here is a basic brine recipe to try to make one -gallon of brine for venison tenderloins. This should be adequate to cover one whole back-strap.
1 Gallon of Water
¾ Cup of Salt
½ Cup of regular (not reduced sodium!) soy sauce
¼ Cup Worcestershire sauce
½ cup of brown sugar
½ cup of molasses
1 tbs. rosemary
2 tbs. pepper
Put this mixture in a ziplock bag along with the back-strap, this way the meat is completely covered in the brine. Let this stand refrigerated for at least 12 hours but no more than 24.
Once you’re ready to smoke the venison, generously apply Memphis Mae rub or any Memphis blend rub across the entire tenderloin, and prepare several strips of thin cut bacon to wrap the back-strap. As the meat smokes, the bacon fat will drip down over the meat and keep the venison from losing valuable moisture. Use tooth picks to secure.
Place the venison tenderloin on the smoker with (2) chunks of flavor wood and smoke at about 250 degrees for
around 2 hours or until the tenderloin reaches your preferred cooking range, but a good gauge is to shoot for 140 internal meat temperature. Grill for a few minutes for crisp bacon and grill marks.

St. Louis Flank Steak

St. Louis Flank Steak


2 lbs. Flank Steak
Belgian Ale Marinade (Recipe follows)
Molasses Steak Sauce (Recipe follows)
2 Teaspoons Kosher Salt
2 Teaspoons Ground Black Pepper
Belgian Ale Marinade
2 Cups Belgian Ale
½ Cup Brown Sugar
½ Cup Honey
1 Tablespoon Ground Yellow Mustard Seed
1 Fresh Lime squeezed
Combine ingredients in a sauce pan over medium heat. Bring to a rolling boil for 10-15 minutes.
Let the marinade cool before using (refrigerate if necessary).
Molasses Steak Sauce
1 Medium Yellow Onion
4 Cloves of Garlic
2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
2 Cups Organic roasted Tomato
1 Cup Belgian Ale
½ Cup Brown Sugar
½ Cup Molasses
2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
2 Tablespoons Coarse Ground English Mustard
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire
1 Tablespoon Lemon Zest (microplaned)

Place the yellow onion and garlic in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Begin to melt the butter in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Once liquefied ad the onion and garlic. Lightly brown the mixture for 5 minutes (Stirring as needed). Ad the remaining ingredients and continue to simmer for 30-40 minutes until the sauce has reduced by 50%.

Directions :
Place the Flank Steak in the Belgian Ale Marinade and refrigerate for 2-4 hours. 20-30 minutes before cooking, set your BBQ grill or indoor cook top up for medium-high heat (375-400*). Remove the Flank Steak from the Belgian Ale Marinade 15 minutes before cooking. At this time pat the Steak dry and season with the Salt and Pepper. Sear the Steak for 6-8 minutes per side. To ensure that the Steak maintains its juices, minimize touching and flipping during the cooking process. Remove the Steak from the heat and let rest 10 minutes before cutting.
As with most red meats, slice the Flank Steak against the grain to serve.
Serve topped with Molasses Steak Sauce.