Grilled Rib Eye with Sweet-Hot Pepper Sauce
Chef Craig Koketsu brings extra luxury to a dry-aged rib eye by basting it in rendered beef fat. A chunky chile and herb sauce makes a piquant side dish. This recipe first appeared in our June/July 2013 issue with Craig Koketsu’s article Secrets of the Grill: Steak.
- 1⁄4 cup canola oil
- 6 cloves garlic, peeled
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 1⁄2 tbsp. finely chopped parsley
- 1 tbsp. finely chopped oregano
- 1 tsp. fish sauce
- 4 pickled Calabrian or hot cherry peppers, seeded
- 4 pickled sweet cherry peppers, seeded
- Smoked sea salt and seaweed salt, or kosher salt, to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1⁄2 lb. dry-aged beef fat, trimmed
- 1 (24-oz.) bone-in prime dry-aged rib-eye steak
- Simmer canola oil and garlic in a 1-qt. saucepan over medium heat until garlic is tender, 4-6 minutes. Strain, discarding oil, and purée garlic in a food processor until smooth. Add olive oil, parsley, oregano, fish sauce, peppers, salts, and pepper; pulse into a thick sauce.
- Heat a charcoal grill or set a gas grill to high; bank coals or turn off burner on one side (see How to Cook on a Grill). Grill beef fat, flipping once, until slightly charred, 2-3 minutes; transfer to a 10″ ovenproof skillet and place on grill. Cook until fat is melted, 20-30 minutes.
- Season steak with salts and pepper; grill, flipping once, until browned, 6-8 minutes. Using a brush, baste steak with rendered fat; continue to grill, flipping and basting as needed, until slightly charred and cooked to desired doneness, 6-8 minutes for medium rare or until an instant-read thermometer reads 125°. Rest steak 5 minutes; serve with sauce.