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Seasoning steaks - gospel or heresy
04-27-2011, 04:19 PM
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Seasoning steaks - gospel or heresy
Among many of my grilling associates, there is a divide...not between gas/coal, but whether to season prime steaks or not. There is an element that believes anything other than salt and pepper is destroying or burying the flavor. I personally imbue my steaks with a few extra flavors that I enjoy.

Anyone else deal with these differences in culinary approaches?
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04-27-2011, 06:13 PM
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RE: Seasoning steaks - gospel or heresy
I have heard it both ways. Depends on my mood, the time of the evening, how many drams of whisky I have had....there are literally dozens of variables. Personally, though, we season ours with a little extra something or two before we drop them on the grill. That being said - I have done it both ways, and if you want to be a surly stick in the mud then don't do it, but I truly believe thats why we use seasonings....you can cook a quality steak and just by using seasonings you can get a totally different flavor every time - thats why they call it the SPICE of LIFE!

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04-27-2011, 06:18 PM
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RE: Seasoning steaks - gospel or heresy
Depends on a lot of things whether we season with just salt and pepper or something else. We like them both ways.
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04-28-2011, 12:42 PM
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RE: Seasoning steaks - gospel or heresy
I think it's perfectly ok. I tend to coat with olive oil first so I get a nice, crisp char and add a smidge of garlic powder for a little flavor. Sometimes, a little fresh ground pepper.

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04-28-2011, 02:09 PM (This post was last modified: 04-28-2011 02:11 PM by ioc.)
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RE: Seasoning steaks - gospel or heresy
These days, I've been using a wet rub of salt, pepper, SoCo (or bourbon), chipotle Tabasco, finished off with a little molasses. On a nice thick rib-eye, delish!
(04-28-2011 12:42 PM)dheafey Wrote:  I think it's perfectly ok. I tend to coat with olive oil first so I get a nice, crisp char and add a smidge of garlic powder for a little flavor. Sometimes, a little fresh ground pepper.

Olive oil...mmmm.

Back in the day, for that super-crispiness, I would use butter...I mean, I'd just slather it on. (Hey, I'm a sutherner, y'aal.)
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04-28-2011, 02:58 PM
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RE: Seasoning steaks - gospel or heresy
(04-28-2011 02:09 PM)ioc Wrote:  These days, I've been using a wet rub of salt, pepper, SoCo (or bourbon), chipotle Tabasco, finished off with a little molasses. On a nice thick rib-eye, delish!

That sounds ridiculously good! How can you go wrong with a bit of bourbon on anything! Well, except on your shirt. That would be a sinful waste of spirits.

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04-28-2011, 07:06 PM
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RE: Seasoning steaks - gospel or heresy
My rule of thumb is as the quality of the cut decreases the amount of seasoning/maranade increases.

For a Prime Steak, salt and pepper and a good big handfull of rosemary branches in the smoker box is usually enough for me!

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04-28-2011, 07:41 PM
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RE: Seasoning steaks - gospel or heresy
For a Prime Steak, salt and pepper and a good big handfull of rosemary branches in the smoker box is usually enough for me!
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Or how 'bout a nice rib eye-salt and pepper-a pat of butter on top when it's done and serve it with rosemary roasted potatoes!!!
I already ate dinner and now I'm hungry again from reading this!

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04-28-2011, 07:47 PM
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RE: Seasoning steaks - gospel or heresy
Rosemary branches are hard to find 'round these parts, but HICKORY chips - on the other hand.....


We get Eye of Round, and slice it into about 4 steaks. Its about the leanest meanest you can find, and the portion is just right. Sometimes we use the butter, other times we use a balsalmic marinade that my wife and I enjoy.

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04-29-2011, 06:24 AM
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RE: Seasoning steaks - gospel or heresy
Mmmmm.... charred mammal flesh(says the Hubby)

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