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Video: Throw some steaks on the grill

updated 5/26/2008 12:30:11 PM ET 2008-05-26T16:30:11

Recipe: Grilled cowboy steak with barbecued leeks and wholegrain apricot mustard

  • The meat
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 bone-in ribeye steak, about 2 pounds (900g)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • The leeks
  • 4 leeks, white parts only, trimmed and very well washed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • The mustard
  • 1/4 cup wholegrain mustard
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped dried apricot

Build a multilevel fire in your grill. When the colas are all ignited, the flames have died down, and the temperature is hot, you are ready to cook.

Combine the cumin, coriander, chili powder, salt, and pepper in a small bowl and mix well.

Rub the steak with some of the oil, then sprinkle it with about two-thirds of the spice mixture, pressing down gently to be sure it adheres. Put the steak on the grill directly over the hottest part of the fire and sear very well for 5-8 minutes per side, then move to the cooler part of the grill and continue to cool until it is done to your liking (8-10 minutes more per side for rare). To check for doneness, poke the meat with your finger to test its firmness. If you are unsure, make a cut into the center; it should be just slightly less done than you like it. Remove from the grill, cover loosely with foil, and allow to rest for 5 minutes.

While the steak is searing, rub the leeks with the remaining oil and sprinkle with the remaining spice rub. When you move the steak to the cooler side of the grill, lay the leeks beside it and cook them, rolling around occasionally for even cooking, until they are golden brown and slightly charred (8-12 minutes). Transfer the leeks to a cutting board, halve them lengthwise, then slice crosswise into half-moons about 1/2 inches (1cm) wide. Cover to keep warm until steak is done.

Mix the mustard and the apricots together until evenly combined.

Transfer the steak to a platter (halved or sliced as you wish) and arrange the leeks, cut side up, around meat. Dab both with the apricot mustard and serve, passing additional mustard on the side.

Serving Size

Serves two

Recipe: Grilled corn with cilantro-lime butter

  • Cilantro-lime butter
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro
  • Juice of 1 lime (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter salted

Work the cilantro, lime juice, and chili powder into the butter in a small bowl, mixing well. You can use the butter right away, or wrap it in plastic wrap, shape it into a square log, and refrigerate until firm.


When you’re ready to serve the corn, place the butter, unwrapped, in a shallow dish. Let your guests roll their own corn on the butter the way most people do at home when they eat corn on the cob and no one’s watching).

Recipe: Cuban-styled smoked pork ribs with mango mojo

  • The meat
  • 1 ripe mango, peeled, pitted, and diced small
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • Juice of 2 limes (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh chile pepper of your choice
  • 1 tablespoons minced fresh garlic
  • The mojo
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste

Light a fire well over to one side of your grill, using enough coals to fill half a shoebox.

Combine the annatto, cumin, salt, pepper, and garlic in a small bowl and mix well. Rub the ribs with the oil, then coat them thoroughly on all sides with the spice mixture, pressing gently to be sure it adheres.

When the coals are well lit, place the ribs on the side of the grill away from the coals, being careful that none of the meat is directly over the coals. Put the lid on the grill with the vents open one-quarter of the way and cook, adding a handful of fresh charcoal about every 30 minutes, until the juice runs clear when you poke the meat with a fork and the meat is tender and pulls easily from the bone (3-4 hours).

While the ribs are cooking, combine the mojo ingredients in a small bowl, mix well, and set aside.

When the meat is done, remove from the grill, cut the racks into individual ribs, and serve “dry,” passing the sauce on the side.

Serving Size

Serves 4 to 6


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