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November 16, 2020
The Meat: Prime Time
It all starts with the meat. You gotta have a good butcher - we recommend shopping at a local-small proprietor who will be grateful to customize your steak experience. One of our favorites is Hackenmueller's Meat Market. If you don’t have a favorite butcher, it is time to find one. Once you explain what you are looking for, they will give you a knowing look and deliver something special. Who is your favorite butcher?
Every year our butcher carves up 7 - two-inch thick porterhouse steaks weighing about 2 lbs. each - and yes that's one steak for each Cabin Guy.
Preparing the steaks is simple but key to tenderness and flavor. Take the steaks out of the fridge and unwrap the meat 1 hour before you want to put it on the fire. Season the steak with pepper and garlic powder on both sides and let it rest.
Sides. Keep it simple. You need 3 things for this. Corn. Potato and Fire.
The Fire: Preparing for Greatness
Now go play a game of Cabin Guy Bocce Ball and get the fire started. A wood fire will produce the best flavor, without question. If it has been a while since you have had a steak cooked over a wood fire, it is time to return to your ancestral inheritance - trust us on this one. You want to use hardwoods like oak, hickory, ash or walnut which have been fully dried (seasoned). Remember you are not cooking over open flame, but over the glowing embers of the wood once it has burned a while. Be generous with the wood so you end up with enough embers to spread around in an even layer that will provide uniform heat to the grilling surface. Plan on 30-45 minutes before the embers are ready.
Cooking: It’s On
It's time to cook. We're assuming you have a proper fire pit tripod - if not get one or build one. We built our own and will post how to in another blog. It's gotta be big and sturdy, you're about to put 14 lbs. of Porterhouse and 7 ears of corn on that thing. You should also have a good long pair of tongs and an oven mitt.
Most of all enjoy it! You're a Cabin Guy, so adjust all of the above to your taste - but always cook this meal over a wood fire for the best flavor.
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