I generally only eat meat about once a week (because I feel better when I eat less meat, it’s healthier, and I hate what has become of the meat industry), but I love a good steak. Getting one here in rural Bavaria isn’t always easy, larger supermarkets will usually stock standard ribeye cuts but it’s a bit of a drive.
We bought a gas grill about three years ago, a very inexpensive model, just wanting to “dip our toes” into the world of gas grilling after years of hauling charcoal and lighter for that standard Weber which I bought stateside in 1998 and brought back with me on the plane. It’s still in excellent shape, but I’d gotten a taste of the ease of gas grilling on one of my last trips stateside.
The grill we bought was o.k., though a bit “cheap” and only had two burners. For the price we paid, it was allright though and has seen many ribs, chicken legs, trout, salmon and the odd steak or so. Last week, I fired it up to grill a skewer of mini peppers as a vegetable side dish for a fish lunch. When I went back out to actually grill the peppers, the flames were out. I assumed the gas bottle was empty and connected a new one (I am paranoidingly afraid of running out of gas in the middle of grilling something and always keep an extra on hand) – but there were no flames. Upon further inspection, I saw that the burners had rusted to a point that they were just a flaky mass of rust and was I was actually able to put my fingers through them.
Keeping in mind that this time of year is basically the end of the grilling season, I figured that if we acted fast, we might be able to get a good bargain on a new one. We headed to a couple of places to see what was on offer and if there were any specials, and we actually managed to get a 369 € grill for 199 €. To boot, it’s all stainless steel, as are the three burners. That basically, was my criteria – stainless steel burners that won’t rust in the future. I would have loved to have four burners instead of three, but at that price discount, I was more than willing to compromise.
We got the grill on Wednesday and I assembled it and we fired it up outside and oohed and aahed at the speed at which it sent the temperatures climbing, and vowed to get some decent steaks for the “maiden” grill event.
We lucked out at finding wonderful ribeye cuts at our local butcher shop and I got the grill fired up yesterday. I pushed that baby up to about 700F and was going to do the standard 3 min. per side as the cuts were nice and thick. I underestimated the power of the three burners – the steaks were done in 2 minutes, 20 seconds total.
They turned out wonderful – just the way they should be. Perfect. And the british steak sauce that I had to order from an online place because our local stores no longer carry it arrived just in the nick of time.
Yes, the baked potatoes with sour cream and chives were good too – but the steaks were fantastic.
I’m a happy camper 🙂