Barbecued Grilled Steak; cats

I use both terms because they mean different things to different cultures. By using both I hope people figure out that the steak was marinated, then cooked outside on a barbecue grill.

We don’t often eat steak – as we don’t like the beef from the supermarket for grilling. It’s very flavorful and wonderful in slow-cooked stews and braises, but it’s not as tender as we like for a simple steak. We had found a great butcher, but a fire put his business on hold while he rebuilds.

One has to remember that the best steak-house in Minneapolis served a steak called ‘the silver butter knife’ and, yes, it was that tender and probably the best steak I will ever eat.

However, we no longer live in Minneapolis so we are happy with what we have and adjust accordingly.

It was our anniversary last week. In honor of the occasion I went to the fruit & vegetable store. I haven’t been there during the pandemic year and I was hoping I could still find some asparagus for our dinner.

They had just started carrying a bit of local meat before the first lockdown. I was surprised to see the meat and cheese section expanded – and the store itself had been enlarged. After I found some asparagus I wandered into the back and spotted some steaks. The meat is all local, and vacu-packed.

I decided to give it a try…. If it was awful, at least we had asparagus.

It was wonderful. I believe I’ve found a new source.

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Barbecued Grilled Steak

This was a cut called a ‘faux filet’ – I think it’s a sirloin. Use any steak suitable for your budget and for grilling. If you slice a steak at an angle, even a tougher cut is delicious – and they usually have more flavor!

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Beef
  • Method: Grilling

Ingredients

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  • 16oz (500gr) sirloin or top round (suitable for grilling)
  • 2 tbs ketchup
  • 2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbs sherry wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbs olive oil

Instructions

  • Combine ketchup, Worcestershire, vinegar, oil, garlic and oregano. 
  • Spoon on both sides of steak(s) and allow to marinate for 15 – 30 minutes.
  • Cook steak on barbecue grill over direct heat for 5 – 9 minutes per side – or until done – 140F (60C) for rare.
  • Time depends on thickness. Use a meat thermometer or by slicing into center and looking. 
  • When done, remove from heat and let rest for 5 minutes. 
  • Slice at an angle about 1/2 inch thick (1.25cm) and serve.

Notes

Cooking a steak properly can be a challenge as thickness, cut, and heat of the grill all make a difference in cooking time. I recommend and instant read thermometer.

Keywords: grilled steak, barbecue steak

Barbecued Grilled Steak

I ended up buying 2 steaks that were about 12oz (360gr) each, which is more than we eat.

But it’s salad season, right?

I grabbed some more asparagus before I left the store and a couple of avocados.

Next post is a steak and asparagus salad….. Planned overs – the best kind of leftovers!

Okay, I had to hide it all or someone would have had a steak sandwich for lunch.

In other news: the black feral cat that I fed all winter long has stopped coming around. He has moved elsewhere, found a better home, fallen in with some other cats, or something.

Last week I spotted a black cat with a white chest staring at me when I went out to get lettuce for dinner.

Tonight, Guapa spotted, and then chased, a gray tabby cat.

I have heard that there are a lot of abandoned cats around, due to the pandemic.

I’m trying to resist the urge to put food out….. I hate feeding the magpies and rats.

I shall, however, remain vigilant and see what happens.

Barbecued Steak

Comments 6

  1. We had or are having, a phenomena here where people adopted animals to keep them company during lockdown and now that life is resuming, they are returning the pets. Way too many pets. It infuriates me because a pet is a lifelong commitment but apparently, not everyone thinks that way :/

    We do steak on the grill (Weber) often, but we have a couple of really wonderful butchers near us so it’s not hard to find. All I do with mine though is sprinkle generously with kosher salt and let it sit for an hour or so. I could wipe it down before we grill it, but I usually don’t. We don’t notice a salty taste but oh my, it’s beyond tender. Then hubs slathers his with steak sauce and I eat mine plain, enjoying the natural taste.

    I was out at 6am today shoveling mulch into two more flowerbeds. It’s supposed to be almost 90 and storming this afternoon so wanted to get it done early. I’m so sick of mulch…

    • I saw something on that salt technique but forgot about it…. Must try that next time. We have friends whose adopted stray / feral cat has had kittens and they are trying very hard to give us one. But, to me, that is a 15 – 20 year commitment that I’m not prepared to make. I might foster older dogs or cats at some point…. We’ll see what life brings.

  2. Thing 2 had three cats, two males and a female. The female was the first cat, but the males would occasionally gang up on her so when she had surgery two years ago now, she came to me to recuperate so the boys wouldn’t pull her stitches or cause them to tear. She never went home. And she’s fifteen now so yes, it’s a long term commitment though cats aren’t much in the way of complicated care. And they make good companions 🙂 She’s indifferent to our Dobe even though he loves her. lol

    • Both kids have cats, and hubs always did until we moved here. But at this stage of our lives I think we will stay without pet commitments. There is something to be said about being able to do things on the spur of the moment. And the kennel / cattery owners that I would have / did entrust my old sick dogs too (last ones) sold and the new owners are just not the same.

  3. Was this at Grand Frais? Might give it a try, we have almost given up beef (apart from casseroles).

    We got our first dog from Battersea Dog’s Home, just after we got married, nearly 40 years ago. She moved with us to France a few years later and was 17 when she died. Our next dog, a Groenendal, was 16 when she died. We decided not to rush into getting another dog as we were looking after the Beauceron where we worked – he retired with us and died 2 years ago aged 14. A few months later our granddaughter was born with complications and we took on our daughters cross breed rescue and chihuahua. We are obviously destined to have dogs in our life. No cats though I’m allergic.

    • We have a Grand Frais clone near us that started a few years ago and, like Grand Frais, have recently introduced more meat and fish. I have bought beef at Grand Frais also and been happy. Our butcher that had the fire will be back in business shortly so we should get some good steaks again locally. But it’s not easy here. The French don’t like to age beef.
      We spent 2 years without dogs when we first moved here, While I missed having them it was nice to be able to pop into the city for an overnight without worries..

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