Char the Steaks, Not the House
For all the dads out there who plan on barbecuing this Father's Day weekend (or anytime), remember that it is okay to char the steaks, but not the house! And here is a recipe from park superintendent (and dad) Dan Buckley:
When I was in my late teens and early 20s I was a BBQ cook at Jocko's Restaurant in Nipomo, California. Clientele included John Madden and Wilt Chamberlain. We would grill 300 steaks a night over an open pit oak grill, in full view of the patrons. Here are a couple recipes from those days:
Jocko's Barbecue Pink Beans ("pinquitos" -- Google for how to mail order)
- 3 cups dry pink beans
- 3 onions, diced
- 2 green chile peppers, canned
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1/2 to 1 pound bacon, diced
- salt and pepper
Cover beans with water and simmer 4 hours. When beans are done, fry together bacon, onion, chopped peppers, and garlic. When mixture has browned, add it to a few cooked beans that have been mashed and stir together. Add this mixture to the beans and cook for a short time to allow seasoning to flavor the beans. Add salt and pepper last, as adding earlier will make beans tough. This can be frozen so you can enjoy it later. Serves 8.
48 hours prior to cooking, season tri-tip with dry rosemary, garlic, salt, and pepper. Rub into meat. Put tri-tip in a sealed container or one-gallon zip-top bag, and add the following ingredients:
- 6 ounces of Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons of liquid smoke
Store marinated tri-tip in refrigerator and turn over every 8 to 12 hours until grill time. Grill tri-tip with fat side down first to seal in flavors. Turn every 10-15 minutes, more if flames are touching the meat. Depending on heat of grill, it should take 30-45 minutes for a 3-4 pound tri-tip to get to a nice pink medium rare.
I have made the above recipes many times, for all kinds of events, from backyard barbeques to weddings. Add some buttered and toasted french bread (split bread lengthwise, butter both sides, toast on grill and cut to individual portions) and salad. This meal can be prepared for about $6.00 per person.
Happy and safe grilling and eating!
Join us at Prevention 52 - Cooking Fire Safety Topics to get additional safety pointers and recipes:
- Grilling Safely this Memorial Day
- Deep-Fried Danger
- Keeping Safe in the Kitchen
- Grilling Up a Safe & Delicious Meal
- and more!