Bill’s Fabulous Gourmet Steak Dinner – with all the Trimmings

Just because it’s the end of the summer doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy barbecuing outdoors. So what if school is just around the corner, what’s better to feed those growing (and always hungry) football players of yours than a nice home-cooked steak? If your family is anything like ours, than a complete steak dinner is one of those fail-safe meals that’s enjoyed by all. Most of us might not think about what all goes into the perfect steak menu, but if you can break it down into easy to follow steps then there is no excuse to not enjoy these last days of summer—outdoors!
• Picking out your cut of steak: Your kids like a thick rib-eye, but your wife prefers something a little thinner like a filet mignon that she can slice into strips and put in her salad. Yes, there are lots of different options, just like there are many tenderizers and marinades. Here is where you can make that executive decision (after all, you are the chef). Looking through the selections displayed from your local butcher, you decide on sirloins. Great flavor and marbling; a perfect middle-ground.
• Once home start tenderizing these steaks, make sure that the meat is well-coated and the rub is massaged into the flesh. While these are sitting on a plate, you can start your marinade process; I like to use a very simple recipe here; it takes only 1 cup of these three ingredients; soy sauce, red wine and brown sugar. Once these are mixed and put into a large Ziploc bag, add your steaks and marinate overnight if you can. They should be plenty tender when you lay them over those hot coals (or hot grills for those prefer using gas barbecues).
• Corn: Have those kids of yours husk the corn, (or if you’re the adventurous type, you could always barbecue the corn in their husks on the grill here, too) keep a close eye on those ears they cook quickly so don’t overcook, a couple of minutes is enough for boiling them. A butter that is fun to use is one that is made with a little lime juice and cilantro, simply melt a stick of butter add a tablespoon of chopped cilantro and a teaspoon of lime juice. A delicious twist on an old standby.
• Potatoes: If you’re camping it’s fun to wrap these up with aluminum foil and throw them in the coals, however if you’re cooking at home, place them in an over at 350° for an hour (or until a knife can slide in them easily). We love all the fixings for these; sour cream, chopped chives and butter. It’s almost a meal within itself.
The neighbors will be disheartened and jealous as the tantalizing aroma of your meal gently drifts over their direction, they’ll sigh as they glance down at their meager meal of tired-looking chicken nuggets. Now, the only problem for your family will be what dessert should be served to top off that perfect meal.


Bill Weston is an avid adventurist and outdoorsman who loves hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, writing, and good conversation with new and interesting people. Bill blogs on the topics of the RV lifestyle and outdoor recreation for Lakeshore RV, a premier RV dealer.

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