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Tue Aug 25, 2015

Grilled Short Ribs

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Grilled Short Ribs

A business trip is just another excuse for gluttony in my book—after getting out of a long day of conference sessions, what better thing is there to do except eat and drink in excess, packing in as much food into a short trip as possible. Luckily I've been blessed with colleagues with a similar mentality, and boy did my co-worker and I eat well on a three-day jaunt in Seattle last year. Overindulgence comes with the requirement of a reasonable price tag per organizational rules, but usually throw in one splurge meal, and during that trip it was at Miller's Guild—a restaurant I sought out primarily to experience their massive wood-fired grill.

After walking in, my co-worker and I cozied up in front of the warm burning embers of that grill and considered what piece of cow would serve us best that fine evening. I stayed with my tried and true hanger/flank-type steak, while my company opted for short ribs. In my mind, she had just made a critical error.

I've only known short ribs to be either braised or slow smoked, both of which are methods that break down the massive amount of fat and connective tissue and render the meat tender and delicious. Cooked over a hot fire, I thought the short ribs would be tough and chewy. Man, was I ever wrong. We both tried each others cuts and those grilled short ribs put my steak to shame in every way.

I was left feeling concerned that I had wasted so many years of my life not grilling short ribs, and vowed to make up for lost time as soon, and as often, as possible.

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Tue Jul 21, 2015

Mini Gyro Burgers

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Mini-gyro Burgers

I have to start out this post giving credit where credit is due—these mini-gyro burgers are a direct inspiration from MP Taverna in Astoria, Queens mixed with a Greek-America gyro loaf recipe devised by my editor at Serious Eats, Kenji. Although the translation of trying to make a really good gyro-inspired burger ended up being pretty direct, the road to it came with some learnings on building a small-scale burger for the grill, and striking just the right balance between this being able to be considered a burger, but still taste distinctly like a gyro.

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Tue Jun 30, 2015

The Best Way to Grill a T-Bone Steak

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Porterhouse

When it comes to steak, I'm an economy cuts man. Well, I say with a bit of grumble that I was an economy man before my choice cuts of skirt, hanger, or flank became so desirable that their market value shot up beyond "bargain" territory. Still, they're easier on the wallet than the high-end cuts like ribeyes and T-bones, which I certainly love, but can hardly justify buying, knowing that I'll be just as happy with a steak a quarter of the cost.

But I'm also a man who would never pass up a porterhouse under the right circumstances, so when Serious Eats asked me to develop a recipe for perfectly cooked T-bone steaks last year (courtesy of Pat LaFrieda Meat) I jumped at the opportunity. The well-marbled, dry-aged prime steaks that were delivered were so beautiful that I affectionately dubbed them "my babies," and promised myself that no harm would come to them.

I've grilled enough steaks to know how to treat them right, but I did pit a few winning T-bone techniques against each other to see if one would ultimately earn me the title of "#1 Steak Dad."

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Tue Jun 23, 2015

Santa Maria Tri-tip

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Santa Maria Tritip

One thing I'll miss about about New York is you can get just about anything here, although not always without effort. Case in point, tri-tip. I've been aware of this staple of central coastal California "barbecue" for a long time, but it's not a cut the common butcher or supermarket will carry in New York. Due to the inconvenience of searching for, and then traveling to get tri-tip in this city, I never tried making it myself, but last summer I decided it was high time I get off my lazy ass and took on this complex cut with a couple different recipes, the first being done in the vein of traditional Santa Maria-style.

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Tue May 19, 2015

8 Awesome Hot Dog Variations

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Hot Dogs

Ketchup, mustard, relish: classic hot dog toppings, right? Yeah sure, but is anyone going to really give you props for that? If you really want to be a hero of the grill, it's time to step up your hot dog game and I have eight awesome topping ideas to help you do just that.

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