All posts by Chris Allingham

Caribbean Jerk Ribeye Steaks

Caribbean Jerk marinated USDA Choice ribeye steaks

The older I get, the more I forget. For example, I forgot that I took these photos of Caribbean Jerk marinated ribeye steaks back in September 2015…I just found them on my hard drive!

I also forgot the name of the guy who told me his favorite thing to grill was ribeye steaks marinated with Safeway Signature Select Caribbean Jerk Marinade.

Oh well. What I do remember is that these steaks were delicious!

Here’s what the marinade looked like in 2015. The label has changed since then. Continue reading Caribbean Jerk Ribeye Steaks

Compound Butter For Steaks & Seafood

Compound butter on grilled steak

Compound butter (a mixture of butter, herbs, and spices) is an excellent way to add flavor and moisture to any grilled steak or seafood, and it’s so easy to make.

Your family and friends will be impressed at the sight of a perfectly grilled steak or piece of fish with a disc of compound butter on top, melting slowly over the meat—and the flavor will blow-away their taste buds!

Components Of Compound Butter

Compound butter consists of a good quality softened butter and any of the following mixed in:

  • Herbs (minced fine) and spices (freshly ground or cracked), e.g. garlic, onion, shallots, ginger, citrus zest, peppers, etc.
  • Salt, to taste.
  • Acid, often lemon juice or vinegar, to balance the flavors.
  • Sweet, rarely used, but might include honey, agave, maple, etc.
  • Exotic ingredients, rarely used, like black truffles.

Continue reading Compound Butter For Steaks & Seafood

Grilled Rhubarb

Grilled rhubarb

I’ll bet you’ve never grilled rhubarb. Well, I hadn’t either until recently when I listened to an interview with Tinky Weisblat, author of Love, Laughter, and Rhubarb. She was talking about the versatility of rhubarb as an ingredient in not only pies but cocktails, appetizers, and main courses, and at one point she mentioned that rhubarb can be grilled.

Who knew? I thought I’d give it a try.

Buy & Prepare The Rhubarb

This is what rhubarb looks like at my supermarket. It’s several individual stalks bound together with ties. They come in different sizes; I bought a small bundle of four stalks to experiment with. Continue reading Grilled Rhubarb

Cedar-Planked Goat Cheese Appetizer Three Ways

Cedar-planked goat cheese appetizer three ways

A cedar-planked goat cheese appetizer is not the first thing that comes to mind when I think about a pre-meal snack. Those who know me know that I’m more likely to grab a handful of potato chips or a slice of cheddar cheese on a Ritz cracker than head for the grilled goat cheese.

But here it was, Mother’s Day 2018. Time to do something new and different. A cedar-planked goat cheese appetizer that looks great, tastes great, and is easy to prepare on the road at Mom & Dad’s house on their Weber Genesis 2 gas grill. Continue reading Cedar-Planked Goat Cheese Appetizer Three Ways

Grilled Portobello Mushrooms On The Weber Gas Grill

Lately my wife has been grilling portobello mushrooms on our Weber Summit 450 gas grill. Here’s an example of one of her recent preparations.

Ingredients

Makes 2 servings. Double ingredients for 4 servings.

For the mushrooms:

  • 2 portobello mushrooms, stems removed and brushed clean. (Save stems for another use.)

Clean mushrooms with stems removed

Brushing mushroom caps

For the marinade:

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons champagne vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1.5 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 0.5 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 0.5 teaspoon chopped cilantro

Continue reading Grilled Portobello Mushrooms On The Weber Gas Grill

Skirt Steak: Part 2

In a previous post, I wrote about the two types of skirt steak—outside skirt steak and inside skirt steak—and showed an example of grilling inside skirt steak with a spicy Korean marinade on my Weber Summit 450 gas grill.

In that post, I casually mentioned that both cuts of skirt steak can be a very long piece of meat (especially the more desirable outside skirt steak) and that it can be advantageous to cut it into smaller pieces before marinating and grilling.

I wanted to show you an example of a really long piece of outside skirt steak, one that I bought recently at a quality butcher counter here in San Jose. Continue reading Skirt Steak: Part 2

Naan Pizza On The Weber Gas Grill

Close-up of a naan pizza

I’ve tried making pizza a few times on the grill, but it always seems like a big hassle. I don’t want to make my own dough, I don’t want to track down ready-made dough at the supermarket, I’m not a big fan of those bready pre-made crusts…and don’t get me started on pizza stones!

So when I saw someone on television make pizza using naan, a thin Indian flatbread, I thought it looked easy enough to give it a try myself. Continue reading Naan Pizza On The Weber Gas Grill

USDA Prime Ribeye Cap Steaks From Costco

Seared USDA Prime ribeye cap steaks from Costco

Introduction

In a post last week, I encouraged you to try grilling a USDA Prime tri-tip roast. As long as I’m on a Prime meat kick, I’d like to suggest that you try the harder to find but oh so delicious USDA Prime ribeye cap steak, also available from time to time and in limited quantities at Costco.

I last grilled ribeye cap steaks in February 2016 and enjoyed them very much. In January 2018, I found ribeye cap steaks at Costco that were rolled, tied, and sliced into pinwheel steaks—a better presentation and easier to cook, I think. Continue reading USDA Prime Ribeye Cap Steaks From Costco

USDA Prime Tri-Tip Roast From Costco

Over the past few years, Costco Warehouse stores have been offering more and more high quality USDA Prime beef. Where I live in Northern California, it’s even becoming common to find a small selection of USDA Prime beef cuts in supermarkets like Safeway.

USDA Prime tri-tip roast from Costco

One Costco cut of beef I like to splurge on occasionally is USDA Prime tri-tip roast. I have grilled the USDA Choice version of this cut for many years and have always enjoyed how easy it is to cook and how juicy and delicious it is. A lot of that flavor and moisture comes from the fat that is marbled throughout the meat. Those qualities are enhanced further when you choose the Prime version of tri-tip. Continue reading USDA Prime Tri-Tip Roast From Costco