02 April 2010

Spring Into Grill Season: Mouthwatering Steaks

From Denny: Now that Spring weather has arrived you might want to get that grill cleaned up and ready for a mouth-watering steak. Chef Big Lou Elrose, the executive pit master at New York City's Wildwood BBQ, shares his successful recipe for spice rubbed pork steaks with apple bourbon barbecue sauce and grilled green beans.

Chef Elrose gave a few tips about his spice rub. He suggested you make it up at least a couple of hours before you wish to use it so the spices have time to blend together. He makes his rub months ahead of time and stores it in a shaker, ready to go. Since it has so much brown sugar in it you might want to refrigerate it, depending upon where you live.

Preparing the grill, Chef Elrose scrubs it down with a scrunched up piece of aluminum foil when his scrub brush is worn down or it's been misplaced. Then, to oil the grill, he places oil on a towel, and, with long tongs he oils the grill carefully. You can get flare-ups so be sure to use long tongs and stand away from the grill as you work. He also suggests leaving the rub to rest on the meat for at least 15 to 20 minutes before placing on the grill to cook.

Enjoy his simple but tasty recipes! Let the summer grilling begin... :)

Recipes Featured:

Big Lou's Grilled Pork Strip Steak
Big Lou's All Purpose Rub
Bourbon Apple BBQ sauce
Grilled Garlic Green Beans

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Big Lou's Grilled Pork Strip Steak


Two 1/2 pound Pork Top Strip Steak (serves 4)

INGREDIENTS for Big Lou's All Purpose Rub:

2 cups dark brown sugar
1/2 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup Turbinado sugar (sugar in the raw)
1/2 cup paprika
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon white pepper
1 tablespoon granulated onion
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon Ancho chili power
1 teaspoon Cumin
1 teaspoon ground celery seed
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


Combine all ingredients for the all purpose rub. Set aside.

Light grill to med-med high. Rub pork steaks with the all purpose rub then grill to an internal temperature of 160°F, about 8-10min. Just before removing from grill, brush with the Bourbon Apple BBQ sauce (recipe below). Allow to rest a few minutes, then slice and serve. Serve with additional BBQ sauce on the side.

Bourbon Apple BBQ sauce


2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup chopped onions
1 cup course grated apple
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup bourbon
2 cups ketchup
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup DR. Pepper soda
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
6 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon molasses
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce


Melt butter and cook onions for 6-7 minutes over medium heat then add the grated apple, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne pepper and bourbon. In a separate pot heat the ketchup, apple cider vinegar, Dr. Pepper, brown sugar, syrup, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, and simmer for about 3-4 minutes. Combine with the apple bourbon mixture and enjoy!

Grilled Garlic Green Beans


1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 tablespoons garlic; chopped
2 cups green beans; blanched
Salt & pepper to taste


Over a medium high grill or stove top, heat the oil and butter in a large sauté pan. Add the garlic and toast just until it begins to brown. Add the green beans and toss to goat with the butter and garlic. Cook until the beans have warmed through about 4-5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.

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